upcycle wood trash can lid

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Project by oldguy2 posted 04-01-2017 09:43 PM 848 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 04-02-2017 12:19 PM

Interesting project. But I have to say I am perplexed by the Why compared to the time. To each his own.
But if I am honest, I have done similar things, just not a garbage can lid. I don’t believe this one will blow off…

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#2 posted 04-02-2017 02:46 PM

You enjoyed making it, it looks great!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 04-02-2017 03:08 PM

Hah! The migratory trash can lids are a wonder to behold. I use bungie cords where as before the neighbors and I would just live with our windy season lid swapping game.

Your project is right up to par with those extra stout forrest service cans (and look a lot better!)

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#4 posted 04-02-2017 06:35 PM

These look like nice lids and if the lids now stay on the trash cans when it’s windy then I say it was a nice worthwhile project. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 04-02-2017 07:24 PM

Great job on the trash can lid. Anytime we build something with wood, it has to be a great day.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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