Garbage can enclosure

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Project by shopdog posted 10-24-2010 03:42 PM 24257 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a knotty cedar 8 trash can enclosure. Sealed with Penofin.

Thanks for looking.


-- Steve--

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#1 posted 10-24-2010 04:07 PM

Well done. Looks much better than some garbage cans scattered next to a building. Maybe some matching planters on that small brick wall- it will look like a million bucks!

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#2 posted 10-24-2010 04:10 PM

Great Project. Practical, yet it was made so well, that it has aesthetic qualities. Tasteful and artistic, even though its primary purpose is to enclose garbage cans. I admire your work.

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#3 posted 10-24-2010 04:43 PM

Pretty swanky garage can house!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#4 posted 10-24-2010 07:32 PM

I spend a fair amount of time browsing projects posted on LJ’s. Yours caught my eye because it looks so good and is just so dang practical. Using woodworking skills to go from ugly exposed garbage cans to beautifully crafted wood is an example of the highest aims for us woodworkers – making beauty out of ugly. Congratulations on an attractive project and thanks for posting.

-- "Life's nonsense pierces us with strange relation." Wallace Stevens

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#5 posted 10-27-2010 08:07 PM

Cool, that will keep the critters out and it looks great.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 10-28-2010 01:10 PM

Thanks for the nice comments.
There’s a little story behind this project.
I built this box for a client…a building with 4 apartments. When it was complete, it seemed overly large. The garbage cans had a 10” clearance coming out of the front, so it could have been smaller.
A couple of the lady tenants thought it was too big also, but they loved the craftsmanship, and look. They paid me, and it was done…but it really bothered me that the shorter tenants (the ladies) were going to have trouble using it through the top.
Next morning, I had an email from one of the husbands…
Hi Steve,

I would like first and foremost to compliment you on the beautiful craftsmanship
of our new garbage shed. It certainly puts to shame all others that I have seen
in the neighborhood!
However, the size of the shed seems unnecessarily large and looks out-of-keeping
with others on our street. It is far larger and higher than the bins that
it needs to hide – it seems to me that it could potentially be a foot less high.
At its current size and height it is very hard to lift trash into the back bins and I’ve
seen two of the ladies in the building pull out the bins through the front doors in order to insert their
trash. Please can you suggest a solution for making it smaller?
I packed up my tools, and was there by 8:30. My client assisted me. I took it apart, and cut 9” off the bottom,
reassembled it, and then cut all the front doors (to the pitch of the sidewalk), and then reinstall them. I did all of this work on the sidewalk. It came out great…they paid me some more $, and I felt great because it now fit better for the shorter ladies…home by 2pm.

-- Steve--

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#7 posted 10-28-2010 01:30 PM

Very practical and very nice.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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