How to Make a Wooden Wastebasket

A wooden wastebasket is a cheap and durable wastebasket suitable for any room in your house. Wastebaskets tend to be placed in living rooms and bedrooms allowing people in those rooms to dispose of rubbish without having to go out to the main trash bin outside. They are commonly made out of wood and plastic, but many designers have branched out into leather bins for higher budgets.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Pencil
  • Tracing paper
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Wood
  • Circular saw
  • Safety glasses
  • Wood glue
  • Nails
  • Sandpaper
  • Varnish
  • Paint brush
  • Plastic or paper bag

Step 1 – Decide on Measurements

This wooden wastebasket will be constructed out of four trapeze shaped sides with a square base at the bottom. The base of the bin will be 6 by 6 inches, while the top of the bin will be 8 by 8 inches and the height will also be 8 inches.

Step 2 – Mark out the Base

Mark out a square measuring 6 by 6 inches using a pencil and either a ruler or tape measure. This will be the base of your wastebasket.

Step 3 – Mark out the Sides

Draw a “T” shape measuring 8 x 8 inches. At the base of the “T” add another line measuring 6 inches, with 3 inches either side of the vertical line. Finally, draw 2 lines to draw the end points of the top line to the end points of the bottom line, giving you your trapeze shape. This step should be repeated four times giving you four sidepieces for the wooden wastebasket.

Step 4 – Cut the Wood

Cut the wood using the markings with a circular saw, taking care to wear your safety glasses. Remember if you cut outside the line you can easily cut a little more off, but if you cut inside the line for the wooden wastebasket you cannot add a little more on and will have to start again.

Step 5 – Join the Wood

The side pieces of wood will be joined together at 90 degree angles with wood glue. Once the glue has dried, add the base to the bottom using wood glue. Using nails, secure the structure in place. For a sturdy structure, make sure that there are 3 nails joining each pair of sidepieces together, one at the top, one at the bottom and one in the middle, as well as a nail in each corner of the base.

Step 6 – Finish the Wastebasket

Add wood putty to cover the nail heads. Sand the wastebasket to make sure that there are no splinters. Turn the wooden wastebasket upside down and apply a layer of varnish with a paintbrush, leave it to dry and reapply a second layer. Alternatively, you can use paint instead of varnish and apply it in the same manner.

Step 7 – Insert a Bag

Most people like to keep a plastic or paper bag inside the bin to stop the rubbish actually touching the wastepaper bin. This makes the wooden wastebasket easier to clean as there will be no chewing gum or sticky lollypop sticks adhered to the inside of the bin.