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How to Build a Small Wood Crate — Classic Style (video)

October 9th, 2014 6 COMMENTS

Over the years, we’ve gotten lots of compliments on our wood crates. I often joke that a distributor will call and say, “My client really liked their new display, but THEY LOVED THE CRATE AND PACKAGING!” Sigh . . . I’m never quite sure how to take that.

Our dedicated crate building team does an amazing job, so we thought we would show you how we build a small crate, often called a “coffin crate” in the trade. Expect a video showing larger crates in about a month.

Now if only someone could come up with a better term than “crate” — Reusable Cellulose Tradeshow Exhibit Containment System? Free Shared Knowledge University T-shirt to the top three suggestions. Reply using the comments tool.


–Mel White


Based in Portland, Oregon, Classic Exhibits Inc. designs and manufacturers portable, modular, and custom-hybrid exhibit solutions. Classic Exhibits products are represented by an extensive distributor network in North America and in select International markets. For more information, contact us at 866-652-2100 or



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6 Responses to “How to Build a Small Wood Crate — Classic Style (video)”

  1. g Camarato says:

    What a Great Crate Video, shows the craftsmanship required to do it right. You guys make it look simple! g

  2. Mel says:

    Thanks Gary.

    As the crates get bigger, the complexity increases, especially for jigging. The large crate video will show that, plus the availability of multiple access doors.

  3. Steve Riches says:

    Mel, I have always called crates “Custom Fitted Shipping Cases” I have always felt that description shows more value on a proposal than “Crate”.

  4. Mel says:

    Steve — Only your sophisticated and elegant manner could describe a wood crate to a client as a “Custom Fitted Shipping Case.” I suspect it’s the combination of the accent and the smile. 😉

    What size shirt do you wear?

  5. Steve Riches says:

    Thanks Mel. My shirt size is XL.

  6. Mel, Instead of “Crate”, try “PCM”, or Protective Containment Module. Adds a certain sophistication, don’t you think?

    Best Regards,

    Scott Jameson, CME

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