|Project by oldguy2||posted 04-01-2017 09:43 PM||273 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
Don’t you hate those plastic trash can lids cracking or one of mine blew away in the winter winds. So checking my assortment of 2×2 that I collected. I glued them into 2×4 strips about 4 feet long. These were easier to keep a few extra for other ideas. Then resawed them into 3/4 strips now almost 3 inch wide and cut to 2 feet. My trash can was 22 inch wide so I planned for a 23 inch diameter width then the edge strips. I used my Shopsmith horizontal boring for the doweling and it worked fast on the 18 dowels. I wanted the extra strength board to board so I went with dowels and an oversized bit a 64th over 1/4 inch. A dry fit showed only one error. With doweling it made a level side and that helped with planing the other side after the panel was glued for two days with gorilla glue. I am finding I like gorilla glue on more heavy duty jobs and easy to use. Not shown is an angular strip underneath for more strength I added when I nailed on the 4 sides. I drew a 2×4 handle from a push stick I have and tested the grip and left a large base for 2 two inch screws into each end. All sides were painted with Kilz. Then a white gloss outer edge. And I drew a line 6 inches in from each side to get the center area basically 8 sided for the black paint. I may repaint the white handle for more color but lets see how it holds up to abuse from the trash man and the family. This could also be a full 2×4 project or a pallet project for the next lid since I need to make another. I would say this lid weighs about 4 to 5 pounds, free wood I rescued and some fun making it.