How to Build a Wooden Trash Bin


If you're not a fan of the big, unslightly trash can that's taking up valuable space in your otherwise sleek and organized kitchen, you might try constructing something a bit more stylish to hold those cast-odd potato peels and empty bread bags. A wooden trash bin is a great solution. Building one on your own, rather than buying one, can save money. The process only requires a little time, a few materials and several tools.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 sheet of 4-foot by 8-foot 1/2-inch smooth-finish plywood
  • One 2-foot square sheet of smooth-finish plywood
  • Circular saw
  • Sander
  • Wood stain or paint
  • Twenty 1/2-inch wood screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Use the circular saw to cut two 2-foot by 3-foot rectangular pieces from a sheet of plywood. Sand all rough edges with the sander.

  • Cut two more 1-foot 11-inch by 3-foot rectangular pieces from the remaining piece of the plywood. Sand the rough edges.

  • Cut a 2-foot square bottom piece from the additional sheet of plywood and sand it smooth.

  • Brush wood stain or paint, depending on your preference, on all five pieces and allow them to dry thoroughly.

  • Build the 3-foot tall by 2-foot square bin using the four rectangular side pieces. Screw a 1-foot 11-inch-wide by 3-foot-tall piece between the 2-foot-wide by 3-foot-tall pieces, one on each side, with the screws.

  • Place the 2-foot square piece over the top, and screw it to the sides.

  • Flip the completed trash bin over on the bottom and place a trash bag inside, wrapping the top of the bag around the top edges of the bin.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add a recycling regimen to your daily trash routine to keep your new trash bin from filling up too quickly.
  • Use caution and wear protective gear when using power tools.

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