Geek Makes A Tilt-Out Garbage And Recycling Cabinet

Check out how a tilt-out garbage and a recycling cabinet was built. A cabinet that is capable of hiding the trash and recycling cans so that you can pretend that you don’t produce any garbage.

First of all, the cabinet was designed using OpenSCAD. It was made customizable so that you might be capable of choosing any number of garbage cans and any size cans, and the model would adjust and print out a cut list for you.


In addition to this, the OpenSCAD can do animations as well.


One sheet of sanded plywood was enough to make the main cabinet which is 16.5″ deep. If you don’t have a track saw, you can use a circular saw and a straight edge.


In order to ensure that the spacing and measurements were right, the part of the tilting door was first built that holds the cans.


The spacing and measurements were right.


The sides and centre of the cabinet were cut and a biscuit joiner was used to cut slots at the top so that it can be used to attach the top.


90º clamps were employed to hold the boars in place while joining them with pocket screws.


The centre divider was joined with regular 2.5″ screws straight up the bottom.


Have a look at how the cabinet bases will sit in the box.


A face frame was assembled with 1×2″ poplar and pocket screws.


Three red oak boards joined with biscuits and glue were used to construct the tabletop.


Check out the top, cut to length and width and sanded smooth.


The picture below shows the top in place before any paint or stain.


In order to accept the beadboard panel, the cabinet doors are more 1×2 poplar with a groove on the inside. This is how they are attached to the tilting bases with the help of glue and nails.


Have a peek at how they fit in front. There’s 1/8″ space around each door, however, about 1/8″ or at least 1/16″ additional space should have been left on the bottom in order to permit the hinges to take the space they need.


Varethane Kona has been used to stain the tabletop.


The top after two coats of polyurethane and the cabinet after the first coat of Sherwin Williams Creamy White paint looks like this.


The doors were attached using hinges at the bottom and stop blocks were also added in order to prevent the doors from falling all the way open. They stop at about 40º from vertical, leaving just enough room to remove the trash cans.


As the hinges aren’t mortised in and they lift the front of the cabinet up about 3/16″, these spacers in the back ensure that the doors sit flush with the face frame.


After attaching the handles, this is how it looks like:



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