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Conveying Good Will: Conveyor Safety Tips for Industrial Workers

Hi, my name is Brooke, and I used to run the HR department in a factory. I filed a lot of injury reports and helped a tragic number of people make claims for workers' compensation or WorkCover. In many cases, the accidents involved convener belts. By seeing what not to do, I really learned what should be done in terms of conveyor safety. I love writing and wanted to convey some good will to the world through a blog – I also love puns. In this space, I plan to post on conveyor belt safety as well as other posts related to a range of industrial equipment. I hope these posts help to protect you and your workers.

Conveying Good Will: Conveyor Safety Tips for Industrial Workers

3 Fun Home Projects to Make With Old Wood Crates

by Ceyda Graumans

Creating fun home projects with wood crates is a good way to add storage in your home without spending too much money, as you can usually find these pieces being tossed out by stores and warehouses. It's also a good way to keep them out of landfills and avoid using virgin materials for the items you want around your home. Check out a few fun home projects you might try with old wooden crates.

1. Coffee table with storage

For this project, add casters or wheels to the bottom of a wooden crate. Then, cut down a piece of plywood so that it fits over the top of the crate. Attach this piece to the crate with hinges on one side. Paint or stain the entire piece, adding a coat of varnish once the paint or stain is dry to protect the wood. You now have a coffee table with storage, as you can easily open the top of the table and hide blankets, video game accessories, and anything else inside the crate.

2. Seating with storage

When you put wooden crates on their side, you can create a bench or seating with storage. Depending on their size, you may want to stack crates side by side or even on top of one another, and attach them in the back with brackets. These now form the bench itself. Add a long piece of plywood to fit over the crates so you aren't sitting right on their slats, and nail this plywood into place.

Paint or stain the entire unit. You can add a cushion to the seating area for more comfort. This piece is a great choice for a mudroom or for use by the front door, where you may want a quick place to sit when putting on or removing your shoes. You can store your shoes, books, handbags, and other items in the space below the seating area.

3. Simple desk

Stack several crates on top of one another until you have the right height for a desk. Attach them in the back with a bracket. Nail a piece of plywood or set a large piece of Plexiglas on the top of this stack; remember to measure this top piece so that you provide enough room to slide a chair underneath. If using Plexiglas, you might glue some foam dots onto the bottom of the Plexiglas so it doesn't slide. You now have a simple writing desk with room underneath for storage of books and other supplies.