(Controversial) Newspaper Recycling Stand

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Project by Richforever posted 09-27-2008 06:25 AM 3742 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This rolling, convenient newspaper recycling stand I made a while ago to simplify and organize part of my life. It’s beside the couch in the sun room. When the pile of papers gets high, I can pull the sides up to 30” and clip the little hooks to hold more papers.

When the stack of papers is 30” or more, I just roll it over to the back door of the garage, load the papers into the trunk of the car, and head for the recycle station. In the meantime, it’s great as a foot rest while I sit on the couch and read the papers and sip my tea. I can push it easily over into the corner because the 2” rolling casters swivel in the front and are non-swiveling in the rear. The papers are neatly stacked. They are ready for recycle, and I don’t have to handle them until putting them into the car.


I did a “show & tell” speech about this at my local Toastmasters club. It created lots of excitement! Several people wanted one. Others were adamant about NOT having one in their homes!!! Turns out that because it is technically “not a piece of furniture”, some spouses would not allow such a contraption into the home. If you like this idea, make it at your own risk! Be sure that you have your spouse’s permission!

The most complicated part is assembly of the sides so that they slide next to each other when extended. It is a couple boards jointed with metal and glue; 1×2 pieces of medium density fiberboard (mdf); and some pan head screws; some metal brackets; and a couple screen door hooks.

The base is 19”x15”. It’s 3” off the floor; has routed round-over edges so as to not scuff any ”real furniture”. ENJOY!

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#1 posted 09-27-2008 06:34 AM

Simple yet appears to be extremely effective. I like it, to bad I don’t have time to read the paper at home.

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#2 posted 09-27-2008 07:07 AM

fun to read about this one ! ............... well done !!!!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 09-27-2008 08:00 AM

That’s really cool! But… uhm…. errr….. what’s a newspaper?


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#4 posted 09-27-2008 09:21 AM

Well it is butt-ugly, but practical- so I can see why it might be a guy thing…but then again it might just be a marketing issue.

Would you put this piece into your home?

Would you put it in your home if you found out that it was made by Toronto artist Gord Peteran?

Get my point?

In any case well done for recycling and such a beautiful piece by artist Richforever

I’m with Kerux, though- stopped reading newspapers about 10 years ago.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#5 posted 09-27-2008 01:37 PM

location, location, location… find the right spot for it when you have “company” (including the spouse)

looks great as an addition to the recycling storage units and would hold all the cardboard and paper products.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 09-27-2008 02:45 PM

It is a great idea.

My thought would be to make a “dressier” version that would perform the same function, but look more like “real” furniture.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 09-27-2008 02:52 PM

It doesn’t have to sit in the living room, either. It would be a functional piece for the “mud-room” or laundry room. Clever concept.

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#8 posted 09-27-2008 03:00 PM

We have curbside recycling here so all that recycling stuff goes in the bin at the end of the day. Way to go whomever at Brandon City Hall who promoted curbside recycling!

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#9 posted 09-27-2008 03:35 PM

oh, i’m sure they could be made to match the decorating scheme of just about any living room.

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#10 posted 09-27-2008 04:09 PM

i love it—-but permission would NOT be granted, lol! great idea…i love the idea that when it gets full, that is about time to head to the recycle center…

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#11 posted 09-27-2008 10:06 PM

We always had newspapers stacked up to start fires with in the winter time. This is a good idea, but it still would have been in the garage or next to the wood pile, not next to the couch. Sorry. LOL

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#12 posted 09-27-2008 10:29 PM

That rustic table looks like someone fell down the stairs with a box of kindling and a glue bucket.Not in my house thanks well actually not even in my shed! lol Alistair ps the newspaper stand is cool

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#13 posted 09-28-2008 06:08 AM

Thanks everyone for the feedback. There has got to be a balance somewhere between function, art, and beauty, right? Maybe this is a little too functional. Being unmarried, I can get away with too much function in relation to the art and beauty.

I’ll make up for this by posting another project – maybe the rosewood stained fireplace mantel – which took me 2 and 1/2 months to get right, while filling the living room with little blocks of 2×4’s, plastic sheets, paint, stain, routers, and lots of sawdust.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#14 posted 04-18-2009 04:30 PM

If we could convince people it was functional on more than on plane we could make a butt load of money.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#15 posted 07-25-2011 07:32 PM

Well, it certainly IS unpretty. But it also looks to be incredibly functional… I guess the question is, what are the priorities?

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