Recycling Center

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 01/15/2010 - 07:32
Difficulty
Intermediate
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Make recycling a part of your life by building a dedicated recycling center. This simple plan is for a two drawer/door recycling center, at tabletop height.

Dimensions
40" wide x 30" tall x 17" deep

Preparation

Shopping List

1 – Sheet 3/4″ A1 Plywood (for Staining) or MDF (for Painting) 

1 – 1/4″ Plywood or MDF (for the back, you will only need about 1/3 sheet, this stuff is cheap) 
1 – 1×2 
1 – 1×3 
2 sets of 15″ Drawer Slides for Slide Out OR
2 sets of Hinges and 2 sets of Hinge Supports for Tilt Out 
2″ Screws or Nails (Screws are stronger, nails are easier) 
1 1/4″ Screws or Nails 
Wood Glue 
Sand Paper 
Wood Filler
Paint and Finishing Supplies 
Handles, Knobs as desired
Common Materials
2 inch screws
2 inch finish nails
Cut List

Cutting List for Base Unit 

A) 2 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 28 1/4″ x 16″ (Sides) 
B) 1 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 36 3/4″ x 16″ (Bottom) 
C) 1 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 27 1/2″ x 16″ (Center Divider, front corner notched out) 
D) 1 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 40 1/4″ x 17″ (Top) 
E) 1 – 1×2 @ 36 3/4″ (Top Support) 
F) 2 – 1×3 @ 16″ (Side Footer, cut out inside) 
G) 1 – 1×3 @ 39 3/4″ (Front Footer, cut out inside) 
H) 1 – 1/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 38 1/4″ x 30″ (Back)
Cutting List for Doors (Tilt Out and Slide Out) 
I) 2 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 17 3/4″ x 26 1/2″ (Doors, potentially slightly smaller to fit hinges) 
J) 2 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 17 3/4″ x 15″ (Bottoms of bins) 
K) 4 – 1×2 @ 20″ (Drawer Braces, ends mitered at 45 degrees)
Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Circular Saw
Jigsaw
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Cut all your boards. Cut your pieces square, preferably using a table saw. Mark out where each board will join other boards. Predrill all of your screw holes with a countersink bit first. If you are using screws on MDF, you will need to use DRYWALL screws and NOT wood screws, and also predrill the entire length of your screws. If you are using nails on MDF, avoid fastening within 1″ of the sides of the board on the end edges. Use 2″ nails or screws unless otherwise directed. Always use glue. Work on a clean level surface. Take a square of the project after each step (visit the HOW-TO section). Have fun and be safe.

Instructions

Step 1

If you are using MDF (standard measurements for 1 sheet are 97″ x 49″) then disregard this. If you are using A1 plywood (standard measurement for 1 sheet is 96″ x 48″) the length of your bottom of drawers (shown in blue above) will be slightly shorter (about 1/4″) if you choose to use the above plywood cutting layout. This will not make a difference in the plans. You can alternately purchase another sheet of plywood or MDF.

Step 2

Cut all your boards. Cut your pieces square, preferably using a table saw. Mark out where each board will join other boards. Predrill all of your screw holes with a countersink bit first. If you are using screws on MDF, you will need to use DRYWALL screws and NOT wood screws, and also predrill the entire length of your screws. If you are using nails on MDF, avoid fastening within 1″ of the sides of the board on the end edges. Use 2″ nails or screws unless otherwise directed. Always use glue. Work on a clean level surface. Take a square of the project after each step (visit the HOW-TO section). Have fun and be safe.

Step 3

Notching out the Center Divider. Use your jigsaw to notch out the center divider as shown above. The notch will be 1 1/2″ deep and 3/4″ tall, to accommodate the top support, attached below.

Step 4

please note that the measurement shown above is to the outside of the recycle center. Your 1×2 top support should be 36 3/4″ long, as noted in the cutting instructions.

Top Support, E. Attach the top support as shown above, fastening through the sides into the end edges of the support. Also fasten to the center divider. Make sure you measure and are certain the center divider is centered on the top support. Use the diagram from step 1 to shoe you the measurements.

Step 5

Step 6

Side Footers. Cut out the side footers as shown above. Note how the measurements are different on each side. I cut out one footer, and trace the other footer from the first cut. To mark out your cut, find a round object and use the edge to make your pattern.

Step 7

Front Footer. Attach the front footer in the same manner as the sides. The front footer cutout is the same on either side, unlike the sides. Make sure you fasten the front footer to the side footer.

Step 8

Back. Attach the back. Make sure the back is fastened to the top, sides, center divider and bottom. Use the 1 1/4″ nails or screws and glue.

Step 9

THE DOORS SHOULD BE 17 3/4″ WIDE AND NOT 17 1/4″
8. Doors. For a tilt out door, build as shown below. Then attach the hinges to the bottom and the hinge supports as desired. You may also need to attach a magnetic clasp to the top center to keep the door in place when closed.

Step 10

Slide Out Drawer Option. If you are building a slide out, first fasten the drawer bottom to the drawer slides and fit into the base unit. make sure that the door bottom fits 3/4″ inset from the base unit. You will need to leave room for the door. Then fasten the face to the drawer bottom by centering the drawer face on the opening for the bins with the drawer bottom pushed all the way in. Nail into the drawer bottom. Then pull the drawer out and fasten the supports and back cleat in place.

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Comments

Jill (not verified)

Fri, 01/15/2010 - 07:43

THANK YOU ANA! This will be great for our recycling center in the garage! And how awesome to add the slide-outs instead. Love that a lot more.
Jill @ boobearybinks.blogspot.com

FleaMarketTrixie (not verified)

Fri, 01/15/2010 - 07:56

You are amazing!
What computer program do you use to show the instructions on how to make each project?

Your work is great and thanks for sharing it with us.

mommieof4munchkins (not verified)

Fri, 01/15/2010 - 08:45

WOW I am in love! I just found your website a couple of weeks ago and I am still in Awe! I would love to see plans for this with 3 sections for laundry as we do lights/darks/whites.....

lil mama (not verified)

Fri, 01/15/2010 - 09:22

Honestly, I have no idea how I'm going to choose which project to start first! I'm thinking this one....

Thanks!!!

Erin (not verified)

Fri, 01/15/2010 - 11:34

I just found your blog from YHL, and I have to tell you, you are a genius!!!! I am SO THRILLED to have found you. Thank you so much, and keep up the great plans! I can wait to start building!

Samantha2818 (not verified)

Fri, 01/15/2010 - 11:55

You are amazing. I get so much furniture made for me inspired by Pottery Barn and you are getting me all fired up to have a go myself. I've given you a Kreativ Blogger award as I love your blog!