When we worked as a stylist in photo studios, we came to appreciate the endless ways apple boxes could be used. These wood boxes in graduated sizes have a handle routed out at one end, making them easy to move around for whatever need came up: a model could stand on one to make her taller…the photographer could use one as a step stool to reach her high view camera…three or four could become platforms to hold heavy sheets of marble or other platforms for a still-life…
A recent post at Core 77 about making your own apple boxes for use in a shop or at home made us want a couple of sets to keep around the Laboratory to use as step stool, sitting stool, small table, ledge or stand for books or objects, a way to elevate something…(like using them as wood bed legs in our ongoing quest to solve our bed vibration problem).
We COULD make our own, but were happy to find them at Amazon. We love that one nests inside another to conserve space, packing four into the footprint of one.
The boxes are “unfinished,” so you can use them as-is, oil or varnish them, or paint them. We find the “beat-up” look of the vintage painted ones at top really beautiful and curiously furniture-like.
Core 77 A has some excellent videos for digital fabrication of apple boxes.
If you’re using just a saw and router, you’ll find a great step-by-step DIY here.
Vintage apple boxes at top from Mary Howard Studio Props & Set Services