The supplies needed for this project:
Proxxon Table Saw FET
Proxxon Delta Sander
Paint Stir Sticks cut down to 8" pieces
Scrap wood panel 8" X 8" for base
1"X 1" wood piece cut into 4 pieces for corner supports
1" 18 ga. brad nails
Embellishments or not, your choice
To begin with I cut all the pieces that I would need for the project. It made it much simpler to put together. I cut eight paint stir sticks down to 8" pieces, a piece of scrap wood into an 8" square and a 1"X 1" piece of wood into 4 pieces for the corner supports by using my Proxxon Table Saw FET.
Proxxon Delta Sander to smooth out any rough spots on the pieces that I had nailed together. I want to mention that you can use regular wood for the sides but the paint stir sticks are free and for a simple lightweight crate that's what I chose to use.
Now this will make a great container for a Valentine's Day Gift. There is one thing I would recommend though and that is to gesso the paint stir sticks on the printed side because it took several coats of the Red Acrylic Paint to cover up the print. You can adjust the size of your crate by simply making everything smaller or larger (but if you go larger you will have to get the larger paint sticks if you can) or use wood that you have. You can also make the crate with more sides as in 3-4 paint sticks high. I plan on putting some red shredded paper in this crate and then adding whatever gift I get into it. Need something special to put that Valentine's Day gift in? Well this is it and you can find the perfect tool to build this with at www.proxxon.com. Maybe you would like a Proxxon Tool for Valentine's?