In our house, we always have a lot of fruits either in a basket or in some bowl container on the counter. We needed a place to keep fresh fruits in one organized place. So I built a DIY Countertop Fruit Storage Container just for that. Now our fruits are well organized in one place for kids (and adults) to snack on. It’s always a good idea to encourage eating fruits for a healthier diet.
This is a very simple built that cost about $12 of material. If you chose to make it wider or narrower, just adjust the lower and upper container dimensions. You could also stain it with some other stain that matches your kitchen.
Time to Complete
Note: Lumber dimensions are listed as nominal size. See lumber sizes for actual dimensions vs nominal.
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Step 1 – Download and Print the Template for Side Pieces
First, download and print the template. I included one large template for those who have large format printers. But if you don’t have a large printer, I also included an option to print on 11×17. You will need to align and glue both sheets together to get one full template. Cut out the template with scissors and place it over ¾” plywood. Using a pencil, trace over the shape of the template. You will need two of these side pieces.
Step 2 – Cut Side Pieces of the Fruit Container
Next, with a jig saw cut out both side pieces following the pencil marks. You could also use a band saw for this task, but jig saw will work just fine.
Step 3 – Cut Boards for Lower and Upper Containers
Then take ½” plywood and with a table saw cut all the pieces as shown in the picture.
Step 4 – Assemble the boards for the Lower Container
Now attach the lower front piece with wood glue and brad nails using a nail gun. You could also use pocket holes for ½” plywood to attach these boards, but it takes much longer to do that. The front piece has a slight angle slanting to the front of the fruit storage container. Then attach the bottom piece and back piece. The back piece will also have a slight angle slanting to the back of the fruit container.
Step 5 – Attach boards for the Upper Container
The top container will be attached the same way as the bottom. First, attach the front piece, then the bottom piece and the back piece.
Step 6 – Stain and Paint
I used Pre-Stain for my first coat, then I used a Sunbleached Stain over the Pre-Stain coat. Usually, I leave it overnight to dry before applying Polyurathane. And you’re done with the fruit storage container!