Trash Can Holder

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Project by teenagewoodworker posted 09-03-2008 03:50 AM 4526 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a trash can holder that i made for my aunt for a commission. its made out of sycamore, which is a wood that i would not recommend. its a challenge to work with and not overly hard but its not something i would recommend. i went over all the construction and everything on my blog.

the finish for this is a combination of wiping and spraying and is as follows.

2 coats of yellow waterbased dye (sprayed)
2 coats of dark cherry dye at a low concentration (sprayed)
5 coats of Bullseye Shellac (sprayed)
3 coats of Gel Poly

the final color is shown in the third picture. because of the lighting the first two looked brown but then i turned the flash on the camera to get the reddish color that it has.

all in all this was a fun project. the only real problem that i had was that the side panel on the right bowed a bit giving me an uneven gap in between the drawer and pull out part. the spraying was also a challenge, as it was my first sprayed piece and i think that it came out pretty good.

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#1 posted 09-03-2008 03:57 AM


Your abilities in both the construction and design are really impressive. I can see tremendous improvement in the past six months.

Nice Job!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-03-2008 03:59 AM


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

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Les Hastings

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#3 posted 09-03-2008 04:02 AM

Well done bud! Keep up the good work.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#4 posted 09-03-2008 04:06 AM

Looks really nice. The door panel has some interesting grain. I have never worked with Sycamore. I hear it’s hard to work with but I also hear QS sycamore can yield lace and ribbon patterns.

Why didn’t you like it?

-- Scott - Chico California

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#5 posted 09-03-2008 04:06 AM

The finish turned out well. You should be proud of your accomplishment.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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corey cyr

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#6 posted 09-03-2008 04:06 AM

Hey it turned out nice,its also good that you are expeirimenting with finishes and fininshing techniques. Are you going to put a pull of some sort on the drawer?

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#7 posted 09-03-2008 04:11 AM

ChicoWoodnut. it warps and bows like crazy if you leave it unattended for long. i had to make the door twice because the first time all the rail and stile pieces were bowed up at leas 1/4” just overnight. and that was on the second milling after they had been left for a week. and i only took 1/8” off the last time.

hand cutting dovetails is horrible. its like pine as if you pair it with the grain and your tools aren’t very sharp it splits the grain very easily. giving you a bad cut.

it not unworkable or anything just i really wouldn’t recommend it. i will admit that it is fun to work with because of the challenge. though it can get frustrating.

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#8 posted 09-03-2008 04:13 AM

corey cyr, forgot to mention that above. i will add some drawer pulls just the customer wanted to pick them out herself to match her kitchen and i will install them when she brings them.

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#9 posted 09-03-2008 04:20 AM


Maybe that’s why I see a lot of veneer but no lumber for sale.

Thanks for the tip.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#10 posted 09-03-2008 04:21 AM

i have to admit that it turns very nice though.

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#11 posted 09-03-2008 04:33 AM

Thats a nice trash can holder.

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#12 posted 09-03-2008 05:21 AM

turned out great!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 09-03-2008 05:40 AM

Wonderful job, I am sure your aunt is proud of it.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#14 posted 09-03-2008 01:28 PM

the final prject looks great teenWW, nice work.

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Bill Akins

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#15 posted 09-03-2008 01:47 PM

Beautiful work. Wonderful finish, like the raised panel door and the way it tilts out. Looking forward to your next project.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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