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Recycling Center

January 15, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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Make recycling a part of your life by building a dedicated recycling center. This simple plan is for a two drawer/door recycling center, at tabletop height.

Recycling Center

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Author Notes: 

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Recycling Center
Dimensions: 
40" wide x 30" tall x 17" deep

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 – Sheet 3/4″ A1 Plywood (for Staining) or MDF (for Painting) 

1 – 1/4″ Plywood or MDF (for the back, you will only need about 1/3 sheet, this stuff is cheap) 
1 – 1×2 
1 – 1×3 
2 sets of 15″ Drawer Slides for Slide Out OR
2 sets of Hinges and 2 sets of Hinge Supports for Tilt Out 
2″ Screws or Nails (Screws are stronger, nails are easier) 
1 1/4″ Screws or Nails 
Wood Glue 
Sand Paper 
Wood Filler
Paint and Finishing Supplies 
Handles, Knobs as desired
2 inch screws
2 inch finish nails
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
jigsaw
table saw
nailer
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

Cutting List for Base Unit 

A) 2 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 28 1/4″ x 16″ (Sides) 
B) 1 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 36 3/4″ x 16″ (Bottom) 
C) 1 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 27 1/2″ x 16″ (Center Divider, front corner notched out) 
D) 1 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 40 1/4″ x 17″ (Top) 
E) 1 – 1×2 @ 36 3/4″ (Top Support) 
F) 2 – 1×3 @ 16″ (Side Footer, cut out inside) 
G) 1 – 1×3 @ 39 3/4″ (Front Footer, cut out inside) 
H) 1 – 1/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 38 1/4″ x 30″ (Back)
Cutting List for Doors (Tilt Out and Slide Out) 
I) 2 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 17 3/4″ x 26 1/2″ (Doors, potentially slightly smaller to fit hinges) 
J) 2 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 17 3/4″ x 15″ (Bottoms of bins) 
K) 4 – 1×2 @ 20″ (Drawer Braces, ends mitered at 45 degrees)

General Instructions

Cut all your boards. Cut your pieces square, preferably using a table saw. Mark out where each board will join other boards. Predrill all of your screw holes with a countersink bit first. If you are using screws on MDF, you will need to use DRYWALL screws and NOT wood screws, and also predrill the entire length of your screws. If you are using nails on MDF, avoid fastening within 1″ of the sides of the board on the end edges. Use 2″ nails or screws unless otherwise directed. Always use glue. Work on a clean level surface. Take a square of the project after each step (visit the HOW-TO section). Have fun and be safe.

Step 1

Recycling Center

If you are using MDF (standard measurements for 1 sheet are 97″ x 49″) then disregard this. If you are using A1 plywood (standard measurement for 1 sheet is 96″ x 48″) the length of your bottom of drawers (shown in blue above) will be slightly shorter (about 1/4″) if you choose to use the above plywood cutting layout. This will not make a difference in the plans. You can alternately purchase another sheet of plywood or MDF.

Step 2

Recycling Center

Cut all your boards. Cut your pieces square, preferably using a table saw. Mark out where each board will join other boards. Predrill all of your screw holes with a countersink bit first. If you are using screws on MDF, you will need to use DRYWALL screws and NOT wood screws, and also predrill the entire length of your screws. If you are using nails on MDF, avoid fastening within 1″ of the sides of the board on the end edges. Use 2″ nails or screws unless otherwise directed. Always use glue. Work on a clean level surface. Take a square of the project after each step (visit the HOW-TO section). Have fun and be safe.

Step 3

Recycling Center

Notching out the Center Divider. Use your jigsaw to notch out the center divider as shown above. The notch will be 1 1/2″ deep and 3/4″ tall, to accommodate the top support, attached below.

Step 4

Recycling Center

please note that the measurement shown above is to the outside of the recycle center. Your 1×2 top support should be 36 3/4″ long, as noted in the cutting instructions.

Top Support, E. Attach the top support as shown above, fastening through the sides into the end edges of the support. Also fasten to the center divider. Make sure you measure and are certain the center divider is centered on the top support. Use the diagram from step 1 to shoe you the measurements.

Step 5

Recycling Center

Top, F. Attach the top. The back will be flush, but the sides and front will overhang 1″. Use the 1 1/4″ nails or screws to screw through the underside of the top support into the underside of the top.

Step 6

Recycling Center

Side Footers. Cut out the side footers as shown above. Note how the measurements are different on each side. I cut out one footer, and trace the other footer from the first cut. To mark out your cut, find a round object and use the edge to make your pattern.

Step 7

Recycling Center

Front Footer. Attach the front footer in the same manner as the sides. The front footer cutout is the same on either side, unlike the sides. Make sure you fasten the front footer to the side footer.

Step 8

Recycling Center

Back. Attach the back. Make sure the back is fastened to the top, sides, center divider and bottom. Use the 1 1/4″ nails or screws and glue.

Step 9

Recycling Center

THE DOORS SHOULD BE 17 3/4″ WIDE AND NOT 17 1/4″
8. Doors. For a tilt out door, build as shown below. Then attach the hinges to the bottom and the hinge supports as desired. You may also need to attach a magnetic clasp to the top center to keep the door in place when closed.

Step 10

Recycling Center

Slide Out Drawer Option. If you are building a slide out, first fasten the drawer bottom to the drawer slides and fit into the base unit. make sure that the door bottom fits 3/4″ inset from the base unit. You will need to leave room for the door. Then fasten the face to the drawer bottom by centering the drawer face on the opening for the bins with the drawer bottom pushed all the way in. Nail into the drawer bottom. Then pull the drawer out and fasten the supports and back cleat in place.

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THANK YOU ANA! This will be

THANK YOU ANA! This will be great for our recycling center in the garage! And how awesome to add the slide-outs instead. Love that a lot more.
Jill @ boobearybinks.blogspot.com

posted by Jill (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-01-15 10:43

You are THE BOMB!!!!

You are THE BOMB!!!!

posted by Jennifer Burgett (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-01-15 10:48

You are amazing! What

You are amazing!
What computer program do you use to show the instructions on how to make each project?

Your work is great and thanks for sharing it with us.

posted by FleaMarketTrixie (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-01-15 10:56

WOW I am in love! I just

WOW I am in love! I just found your website a couple of weeks ago and I am still in Awe! I would love to see plans for this with 3 sections for laundry as we do lights/darks/whites.....

posted by mommieof4munchkins (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-01-15 11:45

Honestly, I have no idea how

Honestly, I have no idea how I'm going to choose which project to start first! I'm thinking this one....

Thanks!!!

posted by lil mama (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-01-15 12:22

Thank you so much for making

Thank you so much for making the plans for me! I love it. I can't wait to make it!

posted by MommaP (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-01-15 14:26

I just found your blog from

I just found your blog from YHL, and I have to tell you, you are a genius!!!! I am SO THRILLED to have found you. Thank you so much, and keep up the great plans! I can wait to start building!

posted by Erin (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-01-15 14:34

You are amazing. I get so

You are amazing. I get so much furniture made for me inspired by Pottery Barn and you are getting me all fired up to have a go myself. I've given you a Kreativ Blogger award as I love your blog!

posted by Samantha2818 (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-01-15 14:55

Love the idea of using it as

Love the idea of using it as a laundry sorter. So smart!

posted by ANDY, JEN & KIDDIES (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-01-15 16:15

I found your blog through a

I found your blog through a friend and love your ideas and your ambition! My mom, sisters and I have a 'redo' blog down here in AZ and I've featured you on it! Check us out at www.sweetpeasinapod.blogspot.com

posted by Dawn (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-01-15 16:43

Sorry, that's

Sorry, that's
www.4sweetpeasinapod.blogspot.com

posted by Dawn (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-01-15 16:46

Well drawn

Well drawn self-explanatory.
Well done-good job
Jack

posted by Jack Fisher (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-01-16 03:25

That is so cute!! I may have

That is so cute!! I may have to show this to my husband.

posted by Kasey Hunt (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-01-16 15:11

trying it! love this idea and

trying it! love this idea and your blog! glad I found it !!!

posted by Momma In Pearls (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-01-17 12:13

this is amazing! you could

this is amazing! you could also tweak the plans for this project to turn it into a shoe holder... kind of like this: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60156121

thanks for starting this blog! you've really inspired me to make my own furniture. :)

posted by Katie (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-01-17 16:33

I've actually owned a piece

I've actually owned a piece of furniture where the base unit had a 3 sided box inside and the tilt out was achieved by a pipe through the bottom front of the inside box.

posted by - Manda (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-01-18 12:48

Amazing!!I shared a link to

Amazing!!

I shared a link to this post (and your blog in general) on my blog.

http://undomesticmumma.blogspot.com

I've got about ten of your plans bookmarked already!

posted by melissa (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-01-23 03:06

I love, love, love your site.

I love, love, love your site. And I love this project, but I always get caught up in the details. How and where do you attach the support hinges?

posted by Asttrid (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-01-27 12:52

You are AMAZING! I found you

You are AMAZING! I found you on One Pretty Thing and I'm so glad I did.

posted by Twill Jill (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-01-27 15:16

Awesome...thank you so much

Awesome...thank you so much for clear instructions...definitely on our spring to-do list.

posted by Erin (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-02-10 20:53

This would make a great

This would make a great storage piece for our dog food!!

posted by Sarah (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-02-16 20:19

OMG THANK YOU! I found this

OMG THANK YOU! I found this last week and when my husband saw the PB price it was a no go. Now I can put him to work : )

posted by Erin (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-02-22 16:44

I will be building this in

I will be building this in the near future. I'm so looking forward to keeping my toddler out of my recycling bin! Thanks so much!

posted by Amanda (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-02-24 10:18

I came across your blog a few

I came across your blog a few weeks ago, and I have to say I have become obsessed!! I can't wait to try some of these projects!! Thank you so much for the amazing plans!!
maximumbht.blogspot.com

posted by Maxine (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-03-05 09:12

Ana, I found a tiny

Ana, I found a tiny error...We cut our doors to this plan according to the picture of the plywood cutting and then looked at your breakdown of how to cut everything into it's pieces and discovered their different measurements. Just thought I'd let you know. :)

posted by MommaP (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-03-07 12:26

What size are the garbage

What size are the garbage bins? I love this recycling center! Can't wait to build it...or attempt to!

posted by Anonymous (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-03-08 11:57

Love this!! Our garbage &

Love this!! Our garbage & recycling cans have never fit below the sink, so they've sat out and I've hated that look, just not sure how to fix it. Now I know, thank you so much! I think this will be my first project...

posted by Liz (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-03-12 14:04

This is the first project

This is the first project we've tried from your site. We almost finished in a weekend but there aren't any 15inch drawer slides in fbx! Can someone help us...should we cut an inch off the 16inch slides and how would we do that? Or should we order some 15inch slides on-line, if so where would you recommend?

Thanks you so much Anna, looking forward to making a picnic table (using a pallet) next weekend!

posted by Katy (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-07-25 15:50

We plan on putting our trash

We plan on putting our trash on one side and recycling on the other. But, I've gotten so used to moving the trash can to the cutting board, sink, fridge, etc. that we decided we will be placing ours on wheels and adding a hinged top for easier access to both sides (and to make it easier for the hubby to take out both bags at the same time). Yes, I know, it sounds pretty lazy, but that's reality around our house!

posted by Robyn (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-10-10 20:52

Ana, I love your site - and I

Ana, I love your site - and I love you for posting this!! I have a border collie rescue who is a hunter - of anything she decides is worth eating around the house. Currently, we have our trash in a small bucket on top of the refrigerator (ha - my dogs rule my life, no doubt about that), but I'm moving very shortly to another apartment, and would like to have a normal trash basket again. She's managed to get into every one I purchased in the past, no matter how secure the tops were - I know this is my solution. (Now to figure out how to hang all our food from the ceiling, hahahaha, as she is remarkable in stealing anything within reach).

I think I'm going to follow Robyn's idea, and make the opening in the top. Doesn't sound lazy to me (but then again, I'm creative in finding easier solutions). I also wouldn't be surprised if my Emma didn't find a way to open those doors... if this works out for me, I'm making one to store the dog food, too.

posted by Lynne (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-12-07 09:15

ooooo I am like a kid in a

ooooo I am like a kid in a candy shop I am so excited!!!!!!!!!!! I have been wanting exactly THIS!!! and my husband and I have been thinking and figuring how on earth we could build one and now- POOF!!! here are the plans!!! thank yo so much Ana:) you rock:)

posted by aprairiegirlincalifornia (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-01-25 08:42

Nice Plans

Ana,
Thanks for the plans. I was having to keep my trash can on a chair so my lab would not get into it. The recycling center works great for our kitchen trash on one side and recycling on the other. I used hinges for mine and found it a bit difficult to attach once everything was assembled. Thankfully I was able to remove the pins so that I could paint. I also covered the sides with bead board for a country look. http://www.flickr.com/photos/49984694@N06/5661190597/

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-04-27 11:18

Larger Sizing

Any chance of getting the measurements for a set of larger 13 gallon trash cans?

posted by Veemaree (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-09-13 02:36
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finishing plywood edges

Curious as to how the plywood edges are finished in this project. I don't see anything in the instructions for finishing off the edges--or do the edges of an A1 sheet of plywood not need finishing before being painted? I've only ever seen BC etc type of plywood, nothing better, and I know those cut edges aren't pretty and I'm not sure paint alone would finish those off.

posted by faethunder | on Tue, 2012-04-10 20:13

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