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DIY Trash Can with Free Plans

Looking for DIY tilt out trash bin plans? Follow along with our step-by-step tutorial and download the free woodworking plans to build your own wooden trash can cabinet with a drawer for your kitchen.

Thank you to Kreg for sponsoring this DIY tilt out trash can! All opinions are entirely my own. This post also contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t recommend wholeheartedly. Read my full disclosure here.

If you’re struggling with how to make your trash can look more attractive in your kitchen or your dogs are getting into your trash can, you’re going to love today’s DIY woodworking project.

Trash Can: Before (The Problem)

We’ve had an issue in our kitchen for a couple of years now. Every time he’s left unattended our dog gets into the trash can and makes a huge mess.

We’ve gotten pretty used to it. We always took out the trash before we left. We also started keeping a big container of laundry detergent on top of the trash can so he couldn’t lift it up. Attractive, I know.

But earlier this year we got a puppy. And he’s started to pick up on some of the older dog’s bad habits… like getting into the trash can.

It started getting worse when the dogs started working together to figure out how to open the trash can.

Finally, it was too much and we determined we need to figure out a different solution.

Unfortunately, there is no good cabinet for a pull-out trash bin. We’ve had those in other houses and absolutely loved the, but we needed to think of something else this time.

Enter the DIY tilt out trash bin!

Related Reading: Check out these other DIY trash can ideas for even more inspiration!

Kreg 720PRO Pocket Hole Jig

If you’ve been following Making Manzanita for a bit, you know that we are big fans of the Kreg pocket hole system.

We built tons of projects using our original K5 Pocket Hole Jig, we even have a super detailed guide and video about how to use it that you can check out here.

In 2021, Kreg released brand new pocket hole systems that replaced the K4 and K5, and the upgrades are pretty awesome.

The new 720PRO (which we were using for this DIY trash bin) and the 520PRO (which replaced the smaller K4 system) were improved a ton, the most noticeable change being that they are easier to set up and use – score.

My favorite new feature of 720PRO and 520PRO is the clamp that you don’t have to adjust anymore. You just clamp it down and it automatically adjusts to match the thickness of your wood, so cool, right?

Pocket hole joinery is definitely one of the easiest ways to join wood in woodworking projects. It’s our favorite hidden weapon for beginning woodworkers!

Want to learn more? I wrote a super detailed guide & created a video all about how to set up your Kreg 720PRO Pocket Hole and use it, so be sure to check that out too!

We teamed up with our friends Kreg again for these DIY trash can plans and are sharing them online for free, now available on!

Kreg’s website is chocked full of so many easy-to-follow FREE woodworking plans! I promise that you are going to find so much inspiration while you’re there! It is a goldmine!

DIY Trash Bin: Video Tutorial

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Ready to see the finished DIY trash can??

What did we make this DIY trash can out of?

We made our DIY tilt-out trash can out of oak hardwood trim boards and 3/4″ oak veneer plywood. Oak is a pretty expensive type of wood to buy, but it looks gorgeous when stained and is very durable and sturdy.

To paint or stain the trash bin: that is the question!

I really wanted to have our trash bin stained, rather than painted. My thoughts were that it would be easier to clean if it was stained and lacquer vs painted. I also wanted it to match our dark wood kitchen cabinets.

If you’d rather have a painted trash bin, good news for you because you can make it a lot cheaper. If we would have painted it instead, we would have used sanded plywood with poplar trim. That would have cut a lot of the costs down.

Even if you decide to paint yours, but building process is relatively the same so you can still use our free woodworking plans for the DIY trash bin.

If you want to build this wooden tilt out trash can, we’ve done all the hard work for you! All you need to do is hop over to Kreg’s website and check out the full tutorial.

Would you use a tilt out trash can like this in your house?

Let us know in the comments below!

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DIY Trash Can

DIY Trash Can

Yield: 1 tilt out trash can cabinet
Active Time: 2 days
Total Time: 2 days
Difficulty: Intermediate

Hide your trash can from view and away from pets with this easy DIY trash can in a tilt out cabinet.


  • Oak plywood and oak boards per the plans
  • 1 ¼” Kreg Pocket Hole Hardwood Screws
  • 1 ¼” Kreg Pocket Hole Softwood/Plywood Screws
  • Wood Glue
  • 80 And 150 Grit Sandpaper
  • Spray Lacquer
  • Construction Adhesive
  • Painters Tape
  • Drawer Slides
  • 1 ¼” Finish Nails
  • 1 ¾” Finish Nails
  • 1 ½” Brad Nails
  • Wood Stain Of Choice
  • Black Piano Hinge 2” X 12”
  • 10" Euro Drawer Slides
  • 2 Rear Drawer Track Back Plates
  • 2 Drawer Pulls
  • 0000 Wire Wool
  • Extra scrap pieces for ripping (if no trim blades)
  • Staining rag
  • ¾” x 4’ x 8’ Oak Plywood (Qty 1)
  • ¾” x 2” x 5’ Oak Board
  • ¾” x 3” x 18’ Oak Board
  • ¾” x 6” x 2’ Oak Board



  1. Make all the cuts to the plywood and boards according to the cut list.
  2. Cut 1/4" dado cut in the bottom of the drawer using a table saw and dado blade.
  3. Cut the groove for door panel insert by cutting a groove into the sides of your door rails and stiles for the panel to slide into.
  4. Light sand all cut wood pieces with 80-grit sandpaper and an orbital sander.
  5. Drill pocket holes as shown in the woodworking plans.
  6. Assemble the drawer using wood glue and 1 1/4" brad nails.
  7. Assemble the face frame using 1 1/4" hardwood pocket hole screws.
  8. Assemble the door using wood glue and pocket hole screws.
  9. Build the cabinet using pocket holes and 1 1/4" soft wood pocket hole screws.
  10. Assemble the top using 1 1/4" hardwood pocket hole screws.
  11. Attach the face frame to the cabinet using 1 1/4" hardwood pocket hole screws. Next, apply construction adhesive to the underside of the top and press onto the cabinet firmly to ensure a good bond. Next, take your finish nailer and 1 ¼” finish nails and nail them up into your top from inside of the box.
  12. Attach the tilt support triangles to the trash bin tilt platform base using wood glue and 1 ¾” finish nails. Then attach the bin tilt platform to the assembled door using the pre-drilled pocket holes. 
  13. Sand and stain in the color of your choice.
  14. Apply at least 4 coats of lacquer, allowing it to dry between coats, to ensure easy cleaning of the DIY trash can later.
  15. Get your door & tilt platform and put it into place inside the cabinet. Next, attach the piano hinge to the bottom edge of the cabinet and door.
  16. Add the back panel to the cabinet with 1 ¼” softwood/ plywood Kreg screws.
  17. Install drawer slides, the drawer front, and the hardware and you're done!

4 thoughts on “DIY Trash Can with Free Plans

  1. I love your site and projects. I am also a huge fan of Kreg products. I was wondering if there are detailed plans for the trash can project available? I like the tutorial but I was hoping for step-by-step guide.

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