My Wife's New Trash Can (October 2012)

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Project by JSB posted 648 days ago 2288 views 25 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Solid Pine. No plywood. The front and back panels are glue ups of random width boards. The sides are a straight cut of 1×12. First panel glue up without pocket hole screws and I love it! Also, I finally got SketchUp working in Linux so this one went together quite well :)

Side note: the chest in the background was finished the same way with amber shellac. It shows the color change after a couple years.

Link to SketchUp file.
As you can see from the file the plan changed a bit when I was in the shop. Overall dimensions are there. Video shows some changes as well

-- Jay - or

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#1 posted 648 days ago

Nice look. I like the drawer underneath

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 648 days ago

Another Linux user? Tell me what distro you use?

-- Joe - - - something witty should go here - - -

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#3 posted 648 days ago

Thanks Monte. The best part is I can fit an entire empty pizza box in the can now. No more stacking it on top untill its full! lol

Hello Joe. Yes, I will never use a windows based PC ever again as a daily driver. I have 3 HDD running Mint 13×64 as the daily driver. Ubuntu 12.04×64 as my “try to get used to unity” but never seemed to enjoy using it. And lastly Windows 7 on the third drive only to run SolidWorks. Now that I have SketchUp going the W7 drive will likely remain unused. I have tried several distros over the past couple years but always seem to come back to Mint. Its just easy.

-- Jay - or

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#4 posted 648 days ago

A cool design well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 648 days ago

I like the horseshoe handles.

-- There are some things that money can't buy - Manners, morals and integrity

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#6 posted 648 days ago

Christmas here I come!... Don’t judge, its the simple things that count! lol

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#7 posted 648 days ago

Excellent idea.Who would thought that trash can can be that nice.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 648 days ago

It’s too beautiful to be a trash can. Good job!

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#9 posted 648 days ago

I am inspired by your work. My wife should not see this or else …

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#10 posted 648 days ago

not sure wich rocks more… that you run Linux too, or the awesome ‘can’ ya made here. oh heck, both!

*Ubuntu server here.. and Mint on LiveCD for a couple other boxes

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#11 posted 648 days ago

Wow…Thanks everyone. The trash can obviously looks better than the plastic one it replaced but the best part I believe is now everything will be out of sight until it goes out the door….including large items like pesky pizza boxes (i love pizza). And also, glad to see other Linux users out there :)

-- Jay - or

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#12 posted 647 days ago

Hmm…I don’t know why I never thought of using two straight-edge boards like that when you want to glue up and keep everything even. Brilliant, love it!

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#13 posted 647 days ago

Very cool. I have been wanting to make something like this to hide our current trash can but I was not sure how I wanted to go about it. Seeing yours gives me a lot better idea. I really like your design, especially the drawer at the bottom. Thanks for posting.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#14 posted 647 days ago

This is so nice. We have a crappy, dark green plastic waste bin. I’m going to make one of these, and it will look really nice with our red ochre tile floor. Thanks for sharing!

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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#15 posted 647 days ago

Did you happen to post the sketchup file online? I’d love to share the plan with my brother-in-law so he could build me one!

-- "Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice." [Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Speech, 2005]

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