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How to make a wooden garbage box

Updated February 21, 2017

A wooden garbage box can be used to hold and hide trash. Its design is simple, and it is not as unsightly as a plain plastic trash bin. A wood garbage box is very durable, and you can custom build it to fit in any space. Inexpensive materials are used to construct a garbage box, and it can be completed in a relatively short time. Build one for your kitchen, patio or shop.

Cut 1- by 4-inch lumber into the following sizes with a circular saw: 8 pieces, 22 inches in length for the front and back; 6 pieces, 22 inches in length for the sides; 3 pieces, 12 1/2 inches long for the bottom; 2 pieces, 9 1/2 inches long for the bottom footing.

Cut 1- by 2-inch lumber into the following sizes: 2 pieces, 14 inches long for the bottom trim on the front and back; 2 pieces, 12 1/2 inches in length for the bottom trim on the sides.

Cut 1- by 1 1/2-inch lumber into the following sizes: 2 pieces, 14 inches long for the top trim on the front and back; 2 pieces, 12 1/2 inches in length for the top trim on the sides.

Arrange 4 front pieces side by side on a flat surface. Place a piece of bottom trim flush with the bottom edges of the boards. Attach the trim to the boards with a staple gun and staples. Place a piece of top trim 2 inches from the top of the boards and secure with staples. This is the front panel. Repeat to build the back panel.

Arrange 3 pieces side by side on a flat surface. Place a piece of bottom trim flush with the bottom edges and centre it on the boards. Attach the trim to the boards with a staple gun and staples. Place a piece of top trim 2 inches from the top, and centre it on the boards. Secure with staples. This is a side panel. Repeat to build a second side panel.

Position a side panel at a 90-degree angle to the front panel with the side trim overlapping the end of the front trim. The side panel boards will be flush with the outer edge of the front panel boards. Secure the panels with staples. Repeat to join the remaining side panel and the back panel. Place the joined panels together to form a square, and secure with staples.

Arrange the 3 bottom pieces side by side on a flat surface. Place a footing piece flush with one end of the boards and secure with staples. Attach the footing on the other end in a similar manner. This is the bottom panel.

Slide the bottom panel into the bottom of the garbage box. Position the footing so it is flush with the bottom edge of the box, and secure it with staples.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 pieces lumber, 1 by 4 inches, 12 feet long
  • 1 piece lumber, 1 by 2 inches, 10 feet long
  • 1 piece lumber, 1 by 1 1/2 inches, 10 feet long
  • Circular saw
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
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About the Author

Amy Kingston has been a professional writer since 2001. She has written articles for various publications, including "Health" magazine, "Jackson Parenting" magazine, the "Bolivar Bulletin" newspaper and "A Musician's Pursuit." Kingston was also published in "Voices of Bipolar Disorder."