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Project by Tradd posted 08-30-2007 05:57 AM 1699 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a Oak trash can that I made for my Wife. It hold a regular tall kitchen trash can. The lid can be raised by hand with the handle or by the foot petal.

How it works is the foot petal is connected at the back to a board that lifts up the lid when you press the foot petal. I routed a slot in the lift board and attached the board to the back of the can with a screw with a nylon spacer and a UHMW washer. I also cut a pad of UHMW plastic and attached it to the lid to help with the friction. I made this can about 5 years ago and it is still going strong.





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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 08-30-2007 07:34 AM

Nice!
How does the foot pedal work?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Bill

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#2 posted 08-30-2007 01:29 PM

Very cool Tradd. I like the look of the trash can, and I really like the idea of the foot pedal. Like Doug, I want to know how it works. How about some inside pictures too, without the garbage of course!

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#3 posted 08-30-2007 01:29 PM

I think ya step on it, Doug. LOL!!! I need to build on of these for the wife. Thanks for posting it. Now she will want on with step on it opener. Good design.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 08-30-2007 01:33 PM

wow… with a foot pedal as well .. I’m impressed.
And it’s gorgeous. Well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#5 posted 08-30-2007 03:46 PM

Looks great!

Doug, the cat is trying to figure out how it works, too.

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

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#6 posted 08-30-2007 03:55 PM

That is the most beautiful garbage can I’ve ever seen! Nice work!

Instead of the foot pedal, is there any way to make it open with the TV remote? Just a thought… ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#7 posted 08-30-2007 04:25 PM

I’m with Doug, I’d like a shot of the foot pedal in action, curious about the mechanics. Nice Job.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 08-30-2007 04:54 PM

Tom , thanks for clearing that up. I keep using my hand on our trash cans. Now I have this sensation of needing to wash my hands repeatedly. LOL.

I’m just not very mechanically smart (ask the wife- who I constantly call on when negotiating 3-D. There is a reason I live and work in Photoshop and Illustrator 2D. I’d probably would have poked an eye out long ago otherwise).

Tradd – Is there just a lever action, or some sort of cam involved? I can’t see the linkage in the photo. I’m always looking for some way to add to my little boxes, closure devices, secret panels that slide etc. so I would just like to know how the movement occurs.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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bryano

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#9 posted 08-30-2007 11:54 PM

This con is to cool. Like the foot pedal. Oh no. The wife just saw this, I smell another new tool.

-- bryano

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Tradd

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#10 posted 08-31-2007 12:05 AM

Sorry about not including a picture of how the foot petal works. I did not realize that I uploaded 2 of the same pics. I uploaded a new pic that shows the inside.

How it works is the foot petal is connected at the back to a board that lifts up the lid when you press the foot petal. I routed a slot in the lift board and attached the board to the back of the can with a screw with a nylon spacer and a UHMW washer. I also cut a pad of UHMW plastic and attached it to the lid to help with the friction. I made this can about 5 years ago and it is still going strong.

Tradd

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Douglas Bordner

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#11 posted 08-31-2007 04:38 PM

Thanks Tradd for the rundown. People here seem to appreciate and “get” the 50ยข answer. Thanks again for the re-post.

I’ll go Tom one better. Let me know when the model that empties itself or walks out to the curb comes along!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#12 posted 08-31-2007 05:25 PM

Nice work so you came up with the foot pedal on your own or did you have plans for it, ether way I like that feature a lot. I like the fact that it has help up strong for so many years that is quality craftsmenship, keep up the strong work.

-- Jeff B.

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#13 posted 09-01-2007 06:32 AM

GREAT WORK AND DESIGN!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Bill

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#14 posted 09-01-2007 04:40 PM

Thanks for the new pictures Tradd. I guess you do not use garbage bags, but maybe a plastic can that sets inside?

Nice work.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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mot

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#15 posted 09-01-2007 05:45 PM

Really nice! I’ve never thought of something like that!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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