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
- Wood stain or paint
- Twenty 1/2-inch wood screws
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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