Built-In Trash Can

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Project by Brasco18 posted 11-14-2013 04:09 PM 1769 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our dog had a habit of sticking her nose in the trash can. To remedy this, I wanted to build a trash can that hid in a cabinet in our kitchen. This was made more complicated by the fact that the opening of our cabinets were narrower than a standard width kitchen garbage. Anything that did fit was too tall. So I had to make a custom trash can that was sized in such a way to both fit in the cabinet and fit a standard trash bag.

Being that it is a trash can that was going to be hidden, beauty wasn’t wasn’t a top priority. I figured if it was painted white, it would have a ‘sanitary’ sense to it. The box is just scrap I had around the shop. It’s 3/4” ply in the front and back, and 1/4” hardboard on the sides and bottom. The board is glued and screwed to the ply, with filler put over the screw heads. I put a roundover on all the edges. Sealed it, painted it, finished it with a few coats of poly. The sliding mechanism is just two chunks of 3/4” ply with two bottom-mount drawer slides. Combined, they should hold 70lbs. The pull knob is from an old desk my wife had growing up. I thought it was a nice touch.

-- When a 'want' meets 'simplicity', it creats 'progress'.

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#1 posted 11-14-2013 05:10 PM

Well done, our is like this as well,,, should serve you well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 11-14-2013 05:21 PM

Great idea and design! That should keep the doggie out.

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#3 posted 11-14-2013 08:29 PM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 11-18-2013 05:46 PM

Brilliant idea and solution! Can’t beat custom made. Great job!

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