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Recycling Center

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.

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Author Notes: 

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
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.

Dimensions: 
40" wide x 30" tall x 17" deep
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)
Step 1: 

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 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 3 Instructions: 

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 Instructions: 

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 Instructions: 

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 Instructions: 

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 Instructions: 

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 Instructions: 

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 Instructions: 

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 Instructions: 

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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Comments

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

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.

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.....

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!

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!

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.

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?

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

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. :)

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...

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!

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!

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.

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:)

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/

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

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.

There isn't a lot of detail/information on the hinge installation. What hinges should I use? From the build it looks like the hinges are concealed -- can you please let me know what type of hinges (and hinge supports) to purchase for the tilt out option? Thank you so much!

If anyone else knows the answer to this please email dave.stratuik@gmail.com