How to Build a Potato Storage Box

Making a wooden potato storage bin at home is a way to keep potatoes easily available and fresh throughout the year. Storing potatoes in a cool, dark location will help to keep them from sprouting or going bad, and a homemade storage bin can add rustic charm to any kitchen. Building a storage bin for potatoes requires only basic tools and carpentry skills, but the completed bin can be used to hold potatoes for years.

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A storage bin keeps potatoes fresh.

Step 1

Line the 2-inch edge of one 2-foot long board with the face of a second board. Line the boards up so they form a flush right angle to begin forming the frame of your potato storage box.

Step 2

Attach the two boards with 3-inch nails. Hammer the nails through the face of the second board and into the 2-inch edge of the first. Hammer in one nail every three inches.

Step 3

Place a third 2-foot board at the other side of the second board to form a U-shape. Line up the 2-inch edge of the third board with the face of the second board and attach the boards with 3-inch nails. Hammer in one nail every 3 inches.

Step 4

Place the fourth board across the open space of the U-shaped structure to close off the frame of the potato box. Hammer in one 3-inch nail along both sides of the fourth board to attach it to the 2-inch edges of the first and third boards.

Step 5

Put one of the 1-foot by 1-foot boards at the open bottom portion of the potato bin frame. Hammer in one nail every 3 inches around all four sides of the potato box to give it a bottom. Hammer the nails through the face of the 1-foot board and into the 2-inch edges of the frame.

Step 6

Use a screwdriver and 2-inch wood screws to attach a hinge to one of the 2-inch edges at the top of the potato storage box. This will provide a place for the lid of the bin and make it easy to access potatoes.

Step 7

Attach the remaining 1-foot by 1-foot board to the hinge with 2-inch wood screws to complete the potato storage box.


Bailey Shoemaker Richards

Bailey Shoemaker Richards is a writer from Ohio. She has contributed to numerous online and print publications, including "The North Central Review." Shoemaker Richards also edits for several independent literary journals and the Pink Fish Press publishing company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Ohio University.