Saturday, January 5, 2013

DIY Milk Crate Lid

After my little "spill" a week or so ago, I decided that I needed to come up with a better way to secure the contents of my milk crate.  After poking around and looking at some different options out there, I came across this post at (that is stripers with one "p", not strippers!). This lid is actually the bottom of another crate that has been cut off and then attached to the crate you are using with good old zip ties and a bungee cord. Here is what you will need:

  • 1 milk crate with a decent bottom (this is in addition to the one you are currently using)
  • Scroll saw, table saw, or something similar
  • Drill with drill bit
  • 4-5 zip ties
  • 1 small (12") bungee cord (for this project, I used a bungee ball cord).
  • 1 small screw
  • Screw driver

DIY Milk Crate Lid

Step 1
The first step is to remove the bottom of the 2nd milk crate.  Using your saw of choice remove the bottom of  the crate.  You want to cut just above the lip that sits inside the other crate.

Cut just above the lip that sits inside the other crate

Step 2
Once the bottom has been removed, fit it to your existing crate (the one with all of your stuff) and make sure it fits well.  This is also the time to plan out where you are going to place your zip ties.

Step 3
Using the drill with appropriate size bit (use a bit big enough so you can easily pass the zip ties through the hole) drill a hole for each zip tie.  For mine, I went with 5 zip ties all together. The zip ties act as your "hinges" so you want to make sure that you don't tighten them all the way. Leave them somewhat loose so they don't bind when you open your lid.  Also, you want to make sure that you attach the zip ties to the "back" of your existing crate, this way you can still get into it while seated in your kayak.

Step 4
The next step is to attach the bungee cord.  For mine, I used a bungee ball cord.  I attached the cord to the top of my lid with another zip tie.  The only thing that you'll want to pay attention to here is to make sure you place the bungee cord where it will give you enough "stretch" so it will keep the lid closed securely. You may choose to attach it to the top of the lid like I did, or alternatively, you may decide to attach it to the side of your crate and then run it over the top of the lid.  Play around with it and see what works best for you.

Attach your bungee cord to your crate or lid

Step 5
The last step is to place the screw or "hook" for the bungee cord to secure to.  Once again for mine, I just used about a 1" self tapping screw, screwed it into the side of my crate, and made sure that the bungee cord was stretched enough to keep the lid closed securely.

Place a screw for bungee cord to attach to
Finished Product - DIY Milk Crate Lid

There you have it.  One home made DIY milk crate lid! While it might not be nearly as pretty as some of the commercial products available (like the very cool BlackPak for example), this solution is cheap and will certainly help to make sure your gear stays put if you ever decide to test what gear floats and what doesn't.  Please feel free to leave us a comment below if you have any questions or need more specific information.  Tight Lines!!

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