"THE UNCOLA Crate" Shadow Box Table

January 12th, 2009 in blog, member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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7up Soda Crate
Nice green color 
$20.00 Glass Top...OMG!
Collection of Vintage Match Books. I think theres a few missing??
7up Soda Crate

7up Soda Crate

Flea market soda crate turned into a Shadow Box Side Table. This was a quick way to display a collection of vintage Match Books I picked up at a garage sale. It was also a way to protect them from my brother who likes to take a few every time he comes over.

The legs are formed from metal straps placed in a vise and whacked into shape with a rubber mallet, then secured to the crate with bolts.

I did something that might get me thrown off Junk Market. I paid retail for the glass top…sorry.

Pattern or design used: My own design
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Comments (26)

ramblergirl writes: Hi,im new here to this site..and i came across your idea for the end table with the crate...I have several crates that i usual just hang on the wall and i put my sons hot wheel cars in it for display but now he is older and im looking for a new way to display the crates...so i have one question here ...on the piece of glass, is secured any way on top of the crate,i was just wondering it wont fall off easily will it.....other wise i think i may try your idea....really k@@L
Posted: 7:28 am on March 4th
joycski writes: I have this adorable Pepsi crate that my dad picked up for me somewhere (he is always finding me the cutest things), and I've been looking for an awesome way to display it. I am so using this idea. Thanks for the inspiration. Posted: 11:23 am on August 7th
Yayaforjunk writes: Oh my gosh I love this...I have two coke crates I have been trying to think of something different to do with them. Gona give this a try. Posted: 8:59 pm on June 13th
RobJ98167 writes: Cool Idea! I have and old coca cola crate a bit deeper, That my mom got years agoa when I was a boy, Guess it is an antique now. I may have to copy this idea! Posted: 11:55 pm on March 13th
SeaGlassLady writes: What a great use for this fantastic piece of nostalgia...and what a wonderful way to display your matchbook collection! Posted: 8:12 am on February 17th
snowyowl writes: Great use of the old crate. Good add of color in the room too. When I was in high school we bought these for pennies, hung them on walls and filled them with odd old things. they are hard to find any more. very art deco looking too. Posted: 2:35 pm on January 27th
1retrogal writes: Very nice!! You did a good job! As a "used to be matchbook collector", I especially like the idea of the matchbooks. I have all of my favorite ones flattened out just waiting for a brainstorm of a project to hit me!!
Karen Posted: 5:40 pm on January 16th
woodsidewhimmzies writes: awesome...i have old wine crates that i'd like to "borrow"
your idea Posted: 11:16 am on January 16th
HopingToJunk writes: Jim,
Very cool! I love it. Definitely a piece that makes you stop and take a double look. I'm sure it really pops in the room.
It would be my dream to have a Diet Coke one (my favorite beverage).
As for retail, well, maybe it was recycled glass? : ) Posted: 9:10 pm on January 14th
Chovey writes: Very cool project! Keep up the great work!

cynthia Posted: 7:23 pm on January 14th
georgiamoon writes: Jim, once again you've come up with a really great idea and the finished project always looks so professional when you are done. I am wondering though, if when you "whacked" the legs into "shape" if that is the actual architectural term for that process? (I really don't care what you call it , it works for me!) Great job and I am SO happy to see you as a contributor on this site, you have so much to offer and we all look forward to seeing your projects...you are extremely talented! Georgia Posted: 12:54 pm on January 13th
roadtriplouise writes: Great idea, I would have use one of my pepsi crates. Trying to think of something I have to use for the legs. JunkArchitect I like your creative style of your projects.
Posted: 10:05 am on January 13th
shabbychick writes: A big JMS congratulations, Jim!!! Love your projects, and this one is great as well - I bet we'll see some cool variations of this project (I've got an old drawer (or two - LOL) that would work really well as a shadow box table...) Thanks so much for sharing!

Sometimes ya just gotta pay retail (for a piece or part) to get something done...but hopefully not too often! :)

Thanks again, Kathy Posted: 9:36 am on January 13th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Congrats Jim! Look forward to seeing more of your ideas!
Candy Posted: 6:48 am on January 13th
paisleypenguin writes: This is really great! Totally love it! Posted: 1:39 am on January 13th
CottageElements writes: Congrats, Jim! We now have a name for you and don't have to call you JunkArchitect anymore, unless you prefer that! LOL! I love your contributions and look forward to all your future projects!

Lani Posted: 11:41 pm on January 12th
JunkArchitect writes: Thanks Sue and everyone!

“Junk Market Style” is an incredible web site with the most talented group of people I‘ve ever seen. It’s fun, creative and most of all an inspiring place to feature our shared interest in repurposing.

Jim Posted: 9:23 pm on January 12th
QueenofQuanity writes: Love this table and your collection of match books. Great color!

Queen of Quantity Posted: 9:08 pm on January 12th
LuAnn writes: First of all congrats on becoming a contributor. Your projects have been great as well as this one. This is a grand idea. Thanks for all the inspiration.


PS Everyone is allowed one mistake! LOL Posted: 4:33 pm on January 12th
Meadowview_Farm writes: Congratulations Jim...as always - great idea!
Kari Posted: 4:02 pm on January 12th
suewhitney writes: Hi All,

Please give a great big JMS welcome to Jim Healy aka Junk Architect as he becomes our newest contributor. I'm sure you have all enjoyed his amazing project posts as much as I have. Welcome Jim, and thanks so much!

Be well,
Sue Posted: 3:26 pm on January 12th
FunktionalJunk writes: Another great table idea, JunkArchitect! I also have a lot of these crates I've collected over the years and this is just one more really cool way to use them! Thanks, as always, for the great ideas!

Leah Posted: 3:09 pm on January 12th

AND AS ALWAYS... GREAT JOB!!!! Posted: 10:33 am on January 12th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Awesome table, JunkArchitect. I wouldn't be too concerned with paying retail for your glass top. I know Sue mentioned doing so for some of her projects in her DVD. Sometimes it just makes sense...like with this.

Nice work!
Candy Posted: 8:59 am on January 12th
junkermidge writes: Ouch! I don't have the power to kick you off (and I wouldn't), but you are hurting me. RETAIL? ... But I love the
table, and I'm going to steal the idea if you don't mind. I have approx. 200 RC cola pop crates. I'm always looking for ideas for them. Unfortunately, I probably only have a few glass tops that will work. Darn! (I can't do retail.) I'll probably use old camp stools for legs. Thanks.
Midge Posted: 7:50 pm on January 11th
plumberdaughter writes: Too Cool! I had a feeling this was a JunkArchitect post. Love it keep the posts coming. Posted: 7:36 pm on January 11th
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