I am really glad that mason jars are in vogue. They are practical, useful and sturdy.
We are making these to sell at the local craft fairs. If you want to make your own here is a tutorial.
3 pieces of 1″ by 6″ board, cut to 19″ long
2 pieces of 1″ by 6″ board, cut to 6″ long
fluted wood dowels, wood glue, clamps
sandpaper, paint/stain, and 3 quart size mason jars
Drill and 5/16″ drill bit
Cut the lumber to length.
Once the 1 x 6 is cut to length, trim one of the 19″ pieces to 4.5 inches wide (instead of six). This makes the bottom allowing for the width width of the outside boards.
Sand all surfaces with 120 grit and then 220 grit sandpaper until smooth.
Your boards laid out will look like this.
We are making dowel joints so that no nails or screws show. If you don’t want to make dowel joints you can countersink screws, fill them with wood filler, sand and then paint.
To make using dowel joints
Take the two long side boards drill 3 – 1.5″ deep holes along the long seam 3/8 of an inch in from the edge. Measuring from the short end drill at 2″, 9.5″ and 17″. Here is a simple diagram.
Repeat on the other side of the bottom board.
Now drill the adjacent holes in the bottom board. Repeat for the other side.
Add glue and fluted dowels; fit the sides to the bottom clamp into position and let dry.
To add the 5 1/2 by 6″ end boards. (1 by 6 lumber is actually 5 1/2 inches wide.)
Drill all the end holes 1/2 inch deep on the end boards, (on the main frame they will be 1″ deep.)
The board has a hole in each corner, 1 inch from the top, and 3/8 inch in from the side.
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaMatch the holes on the main frame. you will find by drilling 1 inch from top and 3/8 in the side you will be in the center of the board ends. Drill to the depth of one inch.