DIY Plans to Build a Rolling Trash Bin
If you do not have a trash bin built into the cabinets in the kitchen, I have a solution to hide unsightly trash cans! The DIY plans to build a Rolling Trash Bin are to build a small cabinet on casters with a slide-out trash can and a small drawer above to store garbage bags! This is a really easy plan that can be completed in a weekend!
- 1″ pocket hole screws
- 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
- 1-1/4″ brad nails
- Edge banding, optional
- 2 sets of 12″ drawer slides (the ball-bearing type would be best!)
- 4 – 2″ casters with a flat top and screws
- Cabinet pulls
- Wood glue
- Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
- Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)
- 2 – 1×2 at 8′
- 1 – 1×3 at 6′
- 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 1/2″ plywood
- 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
- 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 12-3/4″ x 31-1/4″ – Cabinet Sides
- 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 14-1/2″ x 31-1/4″ – Cabinet Back
- 3 – 1×2 at 14-1/2″ – Front Stretchers
- 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 12″ x 14-1/2″ – Bottom
- 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 11″ x 14″ – Top Panel
- 2 – 1×2 at 11″ – Top Side Trim
- 2 – 1×2 at 17″ Top Front & Back Trim
- 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 10-1/2″ x 12 – Drawer Box Bottom & Trash Bin Bottom
- 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 4″ x 10-1/2″ – Drawer Box Sides
- 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 4″ x 13-1/2″ – Drawer Box Front & Back
- 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 10-1/2″ x 20″ – Trash Bin Sides
- 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 13-1/2″ x 20″ – Trash Bin Front & Back
- 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-1/2″ x 14-1/4″ – Drawer Front
- 2 – 1×3 at 9-1/4″ – Trash Bin Front Frame
- 2 – 1×3 at 22-1/4″ – Trash Bin Front Frame
- 1 – 1/2″ plywood at 9-1/4″ x 17-1/4″ – Trash Bin Panel
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Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly.
Cut the pieces for the sides and back of the cabinet. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each long edge of the back panel. Secure the sides to the back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Cut the pieces for the front stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the stretchers to the sides as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Cut the piece for the bottom and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure to the sides, back, and lower front stretcher using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The top face of the bottom will be flush with the top edge of the lower front stretcher.
Cut the pieces for the top and the top trim. Drill pocket holes in each end of the top side trim, as well as all four edges of the top panel. Secure the side trim pieces to the panel first using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws, then secure the front and back trim.
Position the top on the cabinet – the sides and front will overhang by 1/2″, and the back will be flush. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the top into the cabinet.
Secure the casters to the underside of the bottom using 3/4″ screws.
Cut the pieces for the drawer box and the trash bin. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the bottom as well as each end of the sides. Assemble the drawer box and trash bin as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides for the drawer according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions, locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the sides.
The drawer slides for the trash bin will be installed in the middle of the side between the middle and lower front stretchers. The corresponding pieces will be installed on the trash bin in the middle of the sides so that there is at least 1/4″ clearance between the bottom of the bin and the bottom of the cabinet. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer slides, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.
Cut the pieces for the drawer front. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.
Cut the pieces for the trash bin front. Drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter pieces (the rails). Assemble the frame as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Set the pocket hole jig for 1/2″ material and drill pocket holes in all four edges of the center panel. Insert the panel into the frame and secure in place using glue and 1″ pocket hole screws.
Shim the door in place in the opening, then secure to the trash bin using 1-1/4″ brad nails through the frame into the bin.
Mark the position for the drawer pull on the upper rail. Drill the holes and install the pull.
Finish as desired.
The Rolling Trash Bin is an excellent option for those who are short on space in the kitchen… The top can be replaced with butcher block material so that the top can double as a cutting board! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Rolling Trash Bin? Leave a comment below!
Originally posted 2015-02-18 08:00:34.