Can in a Can for the Can

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Project by USCJeff posted 04-12-2008 06:17 AM 1703 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There’s a bit of a back story to why we needed a new trash can for our guest bath. Let’s just say that after my family all got a stomach bug, we just decided it would be easier to toss it out.

Anyways, I thought I take a shot at a wooden trash can versus the plastic ones everywhere else in the house. I made it until I was about to install a bottom on the can when I had the idea to leave it open on bottom. This allowed for me to build a smaller hardboard (sprayed dark brown) can to fit within the nicer exterior oak. The oak exterior lifts right off when it’s time to change the bag. If the hardboard gets “funky” after time, no problem. Just need to replace the cheap easy component. We’re pretty high class as you can tell by the Walmart “trash bag”. :)


~All four sides are frame and panels. I cut the angles on the center pieces at the table saw and used a cove bit to add a little more to the shoulder. The frame is mitered and since it was not going to show, I shot some brads for backup.

~The open lid is a mitered frame that is chamfered on each side.

~Used 2 coats off thinned Dark Walnut Stain on the White Oak. Followed by several coats of wipe on poly with the final being an aeresol spray.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 04-12-2008 06:24 AM

Cool project title!

I guess if you need one you gotta have one. Great job!

Magazine rack next?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 04-12-2008 06:41 AM

That’s sure a nice wooden can/can trash can/can!

Have you noticed? Walmart recently cut down the size of their bags.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 04-12-2008 09:22 AM

High class is a Wal-Mart “trash bag”? WOO-HOO!!! I’m high class too !!! (I never did done knowed that before, Ida never guessed it, either… lol)

(Great looking project, by the way!!)

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 04-12-2008 01:00 PM

Hi Jeff,

This is an upscale project. You just don’t see many raised panel trash cans.

Good job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 04-12-2008 01:06 PM

from one hi-class LJ to another – great job.
Well thought out project!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 04-12-2008 01:29 PM

your can does not look trashy. Really nice work.. Good thinking too

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#7 posted 04-12-2008 03:51 PM

One mans trash is another mans treasure, I’m sure you will treasure this for a long time I would.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#8 posted 04-12-2008 03:51 PM

Nice idea.

Your advertising check from Wal Mart is in the mail. :-)

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

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#9 posted 04-12-2008 04:50 PM

I must be low class, we use IGA bags. Dang. Good job. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 04-13-2008 02:59 AM

Now you can do the can can on the can Jeff. Great job.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 04-13-2008 03:05 AM

looks good, if you pronounce walmart with a silent “t” it sounds much more sofisticated.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#12 posted 04-13-2008 07:06 AM

Now that’s putting class in your trash.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#13 posted 04-13-2008 07:20 PM

I gotta build one of these… sure beats that plastic junker we have now.

-- Learn something everyday!

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#14 posted 04-16-2008 03:37 PM

This is a really good idea. The fact that you don’t see the bag is very cool. Although you might want people to see the bag being that its from Wal-Mart an all. Fancy…. I really do love Wal-mart though.

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#15 posted 05-30-2008 01:48 AM

this is very nice….I just might make a larger version for the kitchen ! thank you

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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