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Better Late than Never

So, about a year ago my wife emailed me for a link on Amazon with a pic of a garbage can (attached as last pic) that she wanted to buy to replace our plastic and steel kitchen waste basket. I told her that I could make something like it in an afternoon out of the scrap pine I had. The year dragged on and I never seemed to find the time to build it. As this past winter arrived and my woodworking started to pick up again I began to give the project some thought…and realized that copying a pine waste basket from Amazon was not what I wanted to spend my time doing….my woodworking time is limited and I want to spend it making projects that I enjoy, not just out of utility. So, I made a few design changes. I’m not sure how I happened upon the final design, other than I wanted to use quarter-sawn white oak, and the rest just kind of flowed from that.

Wood was finished with a coat of tung oil, followed by a coat of shellac, then a dark gel stain which was quickly wiped off to accentuate the pores. Finished then with a few coats of wipe on poly and a coat of paste wax.

-- Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario



I like it, love the story.


very fancy for a trash basket

-- woodworking classes, custom furniture maker


It’s a very nice garbage can. You were right in choosing your way.
It’s always more rewarding.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA


Great story, wonderful piece. It gives we an idea for a laundry basket. Well done.

-- CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!


Looks great. We’re in the same boat time wise. The list is really stacking up now!

Michael Ray

nicely done.


Thanks guys!

-- Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

jim webster

very nice

-- jim

Wheaties - Bruce A Wheatcroft ( BAW Woodworking)

bet the Wife is happy , good job

-- Wheaties


Looks great! I have one of those on my list as well.

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