Slatted clothes hamper

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Project by Woodbutchery posted 05-28-2017 03:50 AM 1033 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago my wife showed me a picture of a clothes hamper and asked, “Can you build me one of those?”

Sound familiar?

The top two pictures are finished pictures of the one I built her. The other 4 are various stages of cutting pieces and putting things together from a birthday gift I built for a dear family friend last year.

The cut list is pretty basic; the base is 3/4” plywood usually in a square, but the design is adaptable to almost any shape. After that, how high do you want it minus the base and the casters (usually 1 1/2”). I used 1 2×12 pine from Home Depot. I tend to build a lot in pine because it’s cheap and I am still working on skillsets, so it’s better to work in a cheaper medium than more expensive hardwoods.

So I cut the 2×12 to a set of lengths for the slats, and another length for the four corner posts which the slats will attach to. Here’s a picture of the posts after being cut to length and run through a router to smoothe the inside corners so clothes won’t hang on the sharp wood corners

After that, chisel the corners to seat the posts in. I use Miller dowels to hold the posts to the base and then built a fame to keep everything square as I attach the slats.

The last picture shows the start of the slats being attached. I used screws and no glue needed. Countersinks are filled with plugs made with a plug cutter that is part of a set of countersinks and plug cutters I got a few years back. A useful set, though a bit expensive.

I’ve made a total so far, and plan a few more for various gifts and such. I also round the side of the slat pieces with a 1/8” router bit to again soften the edges so nothing catches on the wood when thrown in.

In the case of the two I made for my wife, they were painted a dark brown to match the rest of the room furniture, while the other two gifts were left bare as they were to be painted by the recipients.

Each of these are a fun and easy build. Due to the number of slats, etc., I’d place this as a weekend build if you’re going to do nothing but this project, otherwise it can take a little bit longer, as life intrudes.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#1 posted 05-28-2017 02:17 PM

Looks great, Woodbutchery. Good job. Thanks for sharing!

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#2 posted 05-28-2017 06:58 PM

I’m familiar with determination to make something on wife’s wish – nice box.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 05-29-2017 04:24 PM

It’s very creative and nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 05-29-2017 07:36 PM

Wife was looking over my shoulder as I was viewing, she likes it

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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