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.