Kitchen Garbage Container

  • Advertise with us
Project by L posted 08-24-2009 08:54 PM 2659 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I present this project not for its artistic appeal but for its practicality.

A while back I built this to hold the plastic garbage bags and provide a lid to keep down odor. Well, I thought I could simply pull the bag up. Nope. Despite having taken the time/effort to recess the bag retaining clips so that they were not in the way, the bags would still too often rip.

Finally, this past week I made the change it has long needed. I cut one side off and turned it into a door so that a full bag now easily is slid out the side of the container.

The frame is made of cedar and 1/4” plywood. As you should be able to make out in one of the photos, I used cedar cross braces on each side to provide the necessary stability since the main part of each wall is a picket fence (what elseo would I have done!)

Since the door when opened takes with it the old solid side’s retaining frames, I had to add upper and lower framces to keep the container’s shape. You can easily see the lower piece in the pic with the door opened.
I chamfered the top of this piece so pulling the bac out and over it would be more a a road hump effect.

I spray painted the hinges black to better match the already in place lid hardware. And a lite-duty clasp keeps the door closed.

4 comments so far

View a1Jim's profile


118066 posts in 4353 days

#1 posted 08-24-2009 08:56 PM

Hey LJ
Good job interesting design


View L's profile


118 posts in 4844 days

#2 posted 08-24-2009 09:02 PM

I can get lucky sometimes. I chose to construct it with just the corner posts on the floor and the remaining pickets about an 1-1/2” above the floor… It would have bee much more difficult to turn a side into a door had the pickets been touching the floor.

View joeob's profile


70 posts in 4106 days

#3 posted 08-25-2009 12:01 AM

Well done LJ, you blended in something which is usually ugly. The problem of lifting the bag puts preasure on the side thus increasing the chance of ripping. A friend of mine solved his problem by extending the base at the sides to stand on ,and with lower handles lifting off the sides and top. like an upside down jar.
Well done all the same LJ

-- To finish something you must first start!

View joeob's profile


70 posts in 4106 days

#4 posted 08-25-2009 12:04 AM

PS squeese out as much of the air out and tie the bag first though.

-- To finish something you must first start!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics