Step by step plans, tutorial and video showing you how to build a DIY corner vegetable storage bin perfect for root vegetables or fruits or really any organization!
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Ever since we moved to this home, I have been planning to build a corner vegetable bin for all my root vegetable and fruits.
I built a divided produce bin a couple of years ago and it worked well till we had counter space or shelf space.
In the new home, we had neither.
But we did have floor space! So that’s where it ended up…
It’s time for better organization in this corner of the kitchen.
Enter the DIY vertical storage bin.
This isn’t good just for potato and onion storage, it also has space for fruits and tomatoes… all of which were taking up precious counter space!
Now that is an organization win!
Speaking of organizing, I am partnering with 17 other talented bloggers to bring you smart organization ideas! Be sure to take a look at them all at the end of the post. There are some amazing ideas!
DIY Corner Vegetable Bin
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Material needed –
- Lumber per the plans (plywood and 1×6 boards)
- Table saw (optional)
- Circular saw
- Kreg Jig
- Miter Saw
- Jig Saw
- Wood Glue
- Brad nailer
- 1¼” brad nails
- Stain or finish of your choice. I used this one.
- Chalkboard labels (optional)
How to build the corner vegetable bin –
Below is a full video tutorial showing how I built this easy DIY corner vegetable bin. Step by step instructions and details follow.
Step by Step Tutorial –
Be sure to download the printable plans for this bin to follow along.
Step 1 – Make cuts
There are three major cuts that need to be made.
- Plywood for the sides
- Plywood for the bin bottoms
- 1 x 6 boards for the sides
The plywood can be cut using a circular saw.
The cut on the 1×6 is a little more complicated and needs a jigsaw. The exact dimensions and how to cut out the shapes are in the printable plans.
Step 2 – Attach sides
- Use wood glue and finish nails to attach the two plywood sides at 90°.
These will make the corner. Unfortunately I lost a picture of this step but it is pretty straight forward.
If you like, you can also use a Kreg Jig and join the two plywood pieces using pocket holes.
Step 3 – Attach bin bottoms
- Mark the location of the bin bottoms on the plywood sides.
- Align the bin bottoms and attach using wood glue and finish nails from the outside.
Tip – To make sure you know exactly where to add the nails, measure and draw a line on the outsides of the plywood.
Step 4 – Attach bin sides
- Attach the 1×6 bin sides using wood glue and finish nails on both sides of the storage bin.
The basic skeleton of the corner bins is now ready.
The next step is to attach the front slats which is probably the trickiest part of this project.
Step 5 – Attach front slats
This one is slightly complicated.
It is a iterative process and subjective depending on the natural variation between wood thicknesses and human error.
Below is a broad framework of how I measured and cut out the front slats.
- Measure the exact distance between the edges of the 1×6 bin sides and cut a bevel on a 1 x 4 board accordingly.
- You need to then chop off about ¼″ from the sharp end of the bevel to line up the slat.
- Align the slat to the front of the bin and attach using wood glue and finish nails.
That’s it! The corner storage bin is ready for a finish!
Step 6 – Finish the vegetable bin
You can paint or stain the vegetable bin in the color of your choice. I used Make Brand Co finishing oil with wax because it is low VOC and food safe.
On a side note, I love this finishing oil. I used scrap pine and plywood which resulted in yellow pine and variation of color. But I can’t wait to use it on good quality wood!
I also added vinyl chalkboard labels to the front of the bins because let’s face it… what is organization without labels?
I cannot be happier with this solution!
- It is absolutely perfect for all that we need to store.
- I have so much more counter space!
- Plus, I was able to use up a bunch of scrap plywood and other boards!
WIN! WIN! WIN!
DIY Vegetable bin plans
Grab a copy of printable plans to build this corner vegetable bin by clicking the button below.
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