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01-11-2017 02:37 AM

I am making a wood trash can for the kitchen and from the past ones that I have made, I need to coat the inside with something in case the bag leaks. Hard to get the stink out of the wood. I thought about poly or something. Some kinda of plastic coating would even be better. Any ideas appreciated. Michael

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#1 posted 01-11-2017 04:19 AM

I made one for a friend that wanted it to be wood outside and inserted the plastic trash can inside. Took some time to get the angles set up but it worked well and eliminated the problem. Other than that say 4 coats of poly should be more than enough. If you know someone that does sheet metal work they could make a box out of sheet metal and seal it all up and that could be a insert. Something like this?

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#2 posted 01-11-2017 02:50 PM

This is the one I made. I made it to fit the tall kitchen trash bags we use. Coated with poly inside and out. Before inserting the plastic bag we drop in a dryer anti static sheet. This gets rid of any lingering smells from the trash.

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#3 posted 01-11-2017 02:57 PM


4 or 5 coats of gloss polyurethane on the inside of the trash should offer good protection. Enough coats of poly on any exposed end grain so that the end grain no longer absorbs the poly would ensure a good seal of any exposed end grain. I am not positive, but think that gloss poly is tougher than semi-gloss or satin. Coating the inside and outside with the same number of coats should protect the wood evenly inside and out and help tame any wood movement. The gloss poly could be used for underlying coats and then the last top coat or two of poly could be semi-gloss or stain if you want to tone down the sheen. Considering the use of water resistant glue for assembly could help keep the joints tight, should any liquids leak out.

We have a trash compactor which does an effective job of squeezing out liquids from the trash. I found that placing a few layers of newspaper in bottom of the plastic trash bag when installing a new bag is a simple and effective way to absorb most or all of those liquids that make their way into the trash can, leaving the container dry. However, managing those liquids when half-full cans of coke are tossed in the trash will overwhelm the newspaper.

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#4 posted 01-11-2017 07:43 PM

we have a wood trash can with a top that set down over the can and holds plastic bags in place, never had a leak problem bag catches any

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#5 posted 01-11-2017 11:53 PM

This suggestion may be overkill, but here goes: Coat the inside with fiberglass and resin. Like building a boat inside out. 1 layer of fiberglass and enough resin to fully encase it will suffice.

I second the metal insert as another idea. Leave the insert unattached. If it gets icky inside, just pull it out, take it outside, and blast the yuck out of it with a hose.

At my place, any and all soda cans get emptied, crushed, and turned in as scrap.

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#6 posted 01-12-2017 01:09 PM

Doesn’t anyone use garbage bags anymore?

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#7 posted 01-13-2017 02:26 AM

Doesn t anyone use garbage bags anymore?

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