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.



Mon, 11/14/2011 - 10:40

Do you by any chance have this plan modified with a drawer on either on the top or bottom?


Mon, 11/14/2011 - 10:42

Do you by any chance have this plan modified with a drawer on either on the top or bottom?

Guest (not verified)

Tue, 12/13/2011 - 19:59


I am looking for plans to make a wooden tilt out trash cabinet with a drawer on top for my family. Do you happen to have such a plan or know where I could find them.


Tom Jastram
1205 E 68th St N
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Guest (not verified)

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 21:22

Could this be modified to be a clothes hamper?

koufax (not verified)

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 16:07

You show raised panel doors on the pictures of your recycle bin holder but the plans don't mention this or show it. What is the story behind that?

Nicole Camacho (not verified)

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 21:43

How do you keep the door from falling straight down and hitting the floor, thus spilling the contents everywhere? Did I miss a step somewhere?

Lanna (not verified)

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:52

Hi Ana. First I'd like to say how great it is to have come upon your site. I currently have a trash cabinet nearly just like this, and am excited to see your instructions since we're needing a new one. However, I'd love to know if you have plans/instructions for a double cabinet like this. Something to where each tilt out on its own, but share the same structure/top/etc.




Tue, 11/13/2012 - 18:35

Ana you mentioned in a plan for a trash can cabinet that you would post a video on building a raised panel door. Have you done it yet or is there another place to go to get some ideas? Thanks a bunch for all of your help.

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