Bathroom Wastebasket

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Project by Dan Lyke posted 04-12-2017 10:20 PM 1356 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While driving through Sacramento on the way to check out a used Endless Pool from Craigslist, we drove by the Ikea. We decided to get the pool, arranged delivery, and on the way back stopped to give her the full Ikea experience.

This was largely underwhelming (when you have a spouse who appreciates the fine woodworking, the particle board is visible at 50 meters), but she did say “we need a new bathroom wastebasket, do you think you could build something around this to make it look good?”

Turns out I’d been thinking about just that very problem. So $7 for the cheap plastic wastebasket, $mumbledy for some cherry from my wood stash, and a few hours getting covered in sawdust, and we added this to the bathroom.

(Huh, I haven’t done up a bathroom entry yet. As soon as my websites are back on-line, I’ll have to collect pictures from that and do that!)

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#1 posted 04-12-2017 11:08 PM

I clicked accidentally! Incredible waste basket! Nice! Did you an angle grinder and one of those chainsaw typ wood cutters?

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 04-13-2017 11:52 AM

Very nice. I like the sculpting!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 04-13-2017 02:07 PM

The outside looks great. Like the sculpting.

I think it would look better if you made the lid out of cherry too and put the bottom part of the IKEA wast basket in it.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 04-13-2017 02:50 PM

It’ll last a lifetime, beautiful!

That looks like some serious plumbing to the ol’ hopper!

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#5 posted 04-13-2017 03:07 PM

nicely done

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Dan Lyke

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#6 posted 04-13-2017 03:22 PM

tyvekboy: Yeah, I think I need to cut some veneer and attach it over the lid (or just break down and do my own lid).

splintergroup: Got a Toto Washlet hooked up there. Needs its own water and 15A electrical…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#7 posted 04-13-2017 09:40 PM

This is a nice project. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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Dan Lyke

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#8 posted 10-19-2020 07:21 PM

Finally got around to building a lid…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#9 posted 10-19-2020 08:15 PM

Three and a half years! Worth the wait, Dan!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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