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How to Make a Pull-Out Trash Bin


Convert the Under-counter Space behind a Single Kitchen Cabinet Door and Drawer for a Hidden Pull-out Trash Bin

Leave that unsightly garbage bin hidden under the kitchen counter, but put it on drawer glides to make a pull-out trash bin that lets you avoid touching during food preparation. Learn how to convert the space behind a cabinet door and drawer, leaving the raised-panel fa?e and drawer pulls to both camouflage and access the large waste bin behind.

The spring-type assembly clamps used in this project are available from Woodcraft Supply.  Click here to see them.

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Step 1

Remove the Cabinet Door and Drawer

Remove the cabinet door and drawer from the front of the trash bin space. Their raised panels will be reused later. Remove the existing drawer glides. Use a Japanese handsaw to cut out the rail that separates the two openings.

Step 2

Cut All the Wooden Panels on a Table Saw

Cut out all the components for the base and sliding trash bin box on a table saw before beginning assembly. Use cabinet grade birch veneer to make each panel with a smooth paintable finish when the project is complete.

Step 3

Glue and Nail together the Three Panels for the Base

Coat the edges of the base panels with glue and lap the edges flush. Hold them together with a positioning clamp until you secure them with a pneumatic nail gun.

Step 4

Assemble a Closed Box for the Sliding Trash Bin

Glue and nail six panels into a closed box for the moving portion of the pull-out trash bin. Lap the glued joints flush and hold them in place with a positioning clamp until secured with nails.

Step 5

Mark a Cutline for an Opening in the Closed Box

Trace the top rim of the garbage can on the closed box. Draw a cutline for the trash bin opening 1/2-inch inside the traced line, using a roll of tape or other circular object to round the corners.

Step 6

Drill a Starter Hole inside the Cutline

Drill a large starter hole inside the cutline for inserting the blade of your jigsaw. Cut the opening along the inside line, making a smooth cut. Remove the cutout

Step 7

Install Ball-bearing Full-extension Drawer Glides on the Base and Box

Purchase two ball-bearing full-extension drawer glides. Separate each glide and mount one piece inside the base and the other one on the side of the box in corresponding positions. Paint the stationary base and the sliding box.

Step 8

Positioning the Pull-out Trash Bin Base in the Cabinet

Slip the pull-out trash bin base in the cabinet, positioning it flush against the inside of the cabinet face. Secure it by driving screws through pilot holes in the base and into to the cabinet floor beneath.

Step 9

Insert the Sliding Box to Engage the Drawer Glides

Insert the pull-out trash bin box into the base, matching the glides on the side of the box with those inside the base. The box must be movable, so no nails or screws will secure it.

Step 10

Pin the Original Door and Drawer Face to the Box

Attach the raised panel face from the cabinet door and drawer removed earlier. Pin them to the front of the pull-out trash bin box with a pin nailer. Secure the panels permanently from the inside of the box with screws.


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