Wood Tilt Out Trash or Recycling Cabinet
Solid wood tilt out trash cabinet or recycling cabinet. Easy to build, fully framed, open back, fits standard trash cans.
2 - 1x12 @ 6 feet long
1 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
Narrow Hinges (the cheapo kind with flat headed screws)
Knob or Pull
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
2 - 1x12 @ 29 1/4"
1 - 1x12 @ 19"
1 - 1x12 @ 17 1/2"
2 - 1x3 @ 19"
3 - 1x2 @ 19"
2 - 1x2 @ 26" (Back)
2 - 1x2 @ 25 1/4" (Front)
Door Slab overall 1/4" less than opening
1 - 1x12 @ 12" cut in half diagonally
1 - 1x12 the width of the door (approximately 15 3/4")
Use either a Kreg Jig or 2" screws or finish nails to build your box as shown above. The bottom shelf is 2 1/2" from the bottom, at the top. So leave 1 3/4" gap underneath the bottom shelf. Check for square.
Once your box is done, choose the less attractive side and attach trim as shown above. I used 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.
Now the sides on the back. You can also choose to cover the back in 1/4" plywood, but I personally wanted an easy means of both changing trash bags and cleaning the cabinet out. So my trash bin is actually open on the back.
Now the front. I like to cut footers out in place because you don't have to worry about clamping it down or anything like that. Nail down and then mark as shown in the diagram (you can click images for a larger view) and cut out with a jigsaw.
Now the back side trim.
And the front. Notice that the top has a 3/4" gap. This is good.
Finally the front edge. Nail and glue in place. This completes the cabinet construction.
I used a new technique to build a raised panel door for this project! But I'd like to get that content to you in the form of video, so please be patient - will get that tutorial posted in the next day or so.
You should always build your doors to fit your openings - especially for inset doors. For inset doors, I like to leave an 1/8" gap around all sides of the door, so that means you need to make the door overall 1/4" less wide and 1/4" less tall than the opening.
You can use other methods to build the door - a full slab for a modern look or beadboard on a 1x3 frame for a cottage look.
Build the base as shown above, securing to the door.
And then just hinge the door to the cabinet. For our tilt out trash cabinet/recycle center, we didn't even have to worry about a magnetic catch - the weight of the tilt out base keeps everything closed nicely.
However, you may need to install either hardware or a chain to keep the tilt out door from opening all the way and bruising your toes :)