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.


Dee@Deeconstru… (not verified)

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:24

I completed a project that included a slightly modified version of this tilt out trash cabinet but can't, for the life of me, get your CAPTCHA to work to submit as a Brag Post. I'll try posting a link to it here (http://wp.me/p2R2F1-7I) but please FB or email me so to figure out how to sign up as a member. I swear my eyes are not that old so I'm not sure why I'm having problems! :)

Happy New Year! ~ Dee @ deeconstructed.com


Tue, 03/26/2013 - 05:07

I have to admit this recycling cabinet looks so much better than an actual recycle bin, how long did it take to build it? I'm in the middle of changing my home's interior design and I would gladly build one for us! It would be a nice surprise for my wife to find it in our kitchen!


Thu, 05/16/2013 - 04:01

You could also go to a place where they sell reclaimed building supplies and use an old door from a cupboard or something. Just an idea. Obviously you would need to modify the size to suit your door. A good way to re-use.

Where I live Habitat for Humanity has a place called the ReStore which is great for those kind of things.

BTW...Great site!


Tue, 10/29/2013 - 22:30

My dog raids the trash if I forget to put either it, or him away when I leave the house. This is just what I have been looking for and am going to put a crude latch of some sort on it for added security. I can't wait until it's finished and he doesn't even know whats inside of it.


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 05:25

Great job on this! Did the video on making the door panel ever happen?


Fri, 09/26/2014 - 22:33

Hi Ana! I'm a long time fan of your creations and plans and have printed quite a few off with the intent of starting! But now I'm serious about starting and am going to make it happen!

I just had a quick question about the wood. If I am going to go to my local lumber yard and have the cut it for me do I just take the cut list or do I show them both the wood shopping list and the cut list?

Thank you!


Sat, 10/18/2014 - 06:44

Hi CreativeBond,

If you're just buying 1 Ryobi Airstrike, you'll get the most use out of the 18G brad nailer.  I absolutely love mine and use it for tons of building things.  It will shoot 5/8" brads up to a 2" length nail which is great for most of your general building needs.  Also the 18G leaves a smaller nail hole to fill.  The 18G brad nailer is less expensive too.  I paid $129 for my 18G, and our HD lists the 16G at $199.   You'll be very happy with the Airstrike!  Happy building!



Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:24

Ana, I missed this post before but kudos to you for keeping your promises and trying to find the balance between what you love to do and enjoying the time you have with those you love.  Both of my children are grown with children of their own and I wish I had been able to devote more time to them when they were young.  The years seem to fly by and all to soon you will have time on your hands because they are busy.  

I noticed that you were posting less but you have so many plans here for me to pick and choose plus you still posted at least once or twice a week with either one of your plans or had a guest blogger.  So... from the virtual condiment aisle (because I live almost as far from you and still stay in the US as I can get) sure we miss you but we understand.

Keep up the great work.  You have inspired so many to diy.


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