Wood Tilt Out Trash or Recycling Cabinet

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 05/30/2019 - 10:21
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Solid wood tilt out trash cabinet or recycling cabinet plans. You'll love the step by step instructions and diagrams, shopping list and cut list.  

photo showing wood trash bin open and closed
wood trash bin cabinet painted red with door closed
wood trash bin cabinet painted red with door open

We love this wood tilt out trash bin because it's a cabinet with a counter top surface, while still providing easy access to the trash. 

Updated Plans

This plan has been updated to be easier to build and use less materials.  The original plans are still available here.

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Wood Tilt Out Trash

wood tilt out trash bin dimensions
Dimensions shown above. Fits trash can less than 16" wide x 22" high x 11-1/4" deep overall.


Shopping List

2 - 1x12 @ 6 feet long

2 - 1x3 @ 6 feet long

2 - 1x2 @ 4 feet long

1 - 1/4" plywood or similar 24" x 14-1/4"

Narrow Hinges (the cheapo kind with flat headed screws)

Knob or Pull

Wire or toybox lid support hinge to keep the door from opening all the way to the floor

Common Materials
3/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
Cut List

2 - 1x12 @ 29 1/4"

1 - 1x12 @ 18"

1 - 1x12 @ 16 1/2"

2 - 1x3 @ 16 1/2"

2 - 1x2 @ 18"

1 - 1x3 @ 18"


2 - 1x3 @ 25"

2 - 1x3 @ 13"

1 - 1x12 @ 16"

1 - 1x12 @ 11-1/4" - cut at 45 degree angle

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Use either a Kreg Jig or 2" screws or brad nails to build your box as shown above. The bottom shelf is 2 1/2" from the bottom, at the top. So leave 1 3/4" gap underneath the bottom shelf. Check for square.

Step 2

Once your box is done, attach back supports to keep the project square.

NOTE: If you would like to access your trash from the back to remove, hold off on placing the center back support until after you install the tilt out door.

Step 3

Attach front trim with brad nails to the front of the cabinet.

Step 4

Build the door frame with 1x3s using pocket holes.

Step 5

Drill pocket holes along bottom edge of 1x12 bottom piece.

Attach to the frame, inset 1" from edges, but held low 1/8" on bottom edge, with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Step 6

Cut the sides at a 45 degree angle.

Drill two pocket holes on sides.

Attach to door panel and to the bottom.

Step 7

Cut the 1/4" plywood panel to fit inside the door panel.  Attach with 3/4" brad nails and glue.

Step 8

Hinge the door to the cabinet. For our tilt out trash cabinet/recycle center, we didn't even have to worry about a magnetic catch - the weight of the tilt out base keeps everything closed nicely.

However, you may need to install either hardware or a chain to keep the tilt out door from opening all the way and bruising your toes.


Guest (not verified)

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 23:43

Kudos to you! For taking time to find balance in YOUR life. You have such beautiful plans and have a great eye for what your followers are interested in. However, if you are sacrificing the important things in your life to make our lives pleasant, than you are only hurting you and those whom are most important, your family. Being a mom and full time volunteer, I understand how we can let life happen and get carried away with what other's and circumstances persuade us to do.


Fri, 04/29/2011 - 00:14

Nice to see you are keeping your perspective! I love working on my projects too, being a SAHM, I find it tough to balance motherhood with my other passions (Like the half-finished headboard that is sitting on my patio right now).

This is a great plan and I look forward to seeing the video! Looks great for recyclables. I have nowhere to store them inside and I HATE having to walk outside every time I need to throw out a cracker box!


Fri, 04/29/2011 - 01:06

A row of these on the end of a large island would be just perfect for trash and recycling! Love it!

So glad I found this. Your fearlessness and ability to conquer the unknown in so many areas are inspiring! Your little girl won't be a little girl for long, so take time to absorb these days. I'm watching 3 little girls run through life at lightning speed!


Fri, 04/29/2011 - 03:25

Your attention to detail is amazing. Sure, in woodwork, but I'm also referring to your family life and balance. I think it's great you are finding better balance with all that you love. We appreciate you as I'm sure your family and friends do so much. keep up the good work :) thank you!!!

Debbie Christianson (not verified)

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 04:34

Good for you for finding that elusive balance that we all strive for. Being a SAHM, finding that balance is surprisingly difficult. But somehow, finding your site, has helped me balance out my life a bit, as I'm satisfying the need to create useful items for my family.

Rachelle (not verified)

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 04:56

Ana thanks for all you do. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. Glad you've found a betterbalanxe between life and blog. You are greatly admired.


Fri, 04/29/2011 - 05:46


You are an unbelievably strong and beautiful person on the inside and out. Sometime it's nice to hear you are appreciated, and I so appreciate you! You have inspired me and helped me grow, though I have never met you. Your constant struggle to find balance between your passion of building and your passion of your family is real and raw and is comforting to hear, and helps to see you as a real person beyond your website. I love to see the Author notes to see what you have to say - beyond the building tips and plans.

I also am so excited you posted this plan - I needed to make one of these - and it comes as a perfect time!


Chef Messy (not verified)

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 06:21

I say good for you for making this decision! We are all so appreciative of all the work you do here! As it is, you have a HUGE catalog of things to build, and nobody is going to run out of projects any time soon if you post less! So, play with your babies and don't stress! I'm sure anyone that would stop you in the grocery store would have nothing but a lot of thank yous and admiration for what you do.

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