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DIY Trash Can Cabinet 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 DIY 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 making your trash can look more attractive in your kitchen or your dogs are getting into your trash can, you’ll love today’s DIY trash can cabinet woodworking project.

Trash Can: Before (The Problem)

the before picture of a DIY trash can cabinet

We’ve had an issue in our kitchen for a couple of years. 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 kitchen trash before we left. We also started keeping a big laundry detergent container in the trash can so he couldn’t lift it. 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 got worse when the dogs started working together to figure out how to open the trash can to get the food scraps. Silly dogs! 

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

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

Enter the DIY trash can cabinet!

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

Kreg 720PRO Pocket Hole Jig

If you’ve been following Making Manzanita for a bit, you know 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 can cabinet) 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.

Drill pocket holes to DIY trash can cabinet

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 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 cabinet 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 you will find so much inspiration while you’re there! It is a goldmine!

DIY Trash Can Cabinet: Video Tutorial

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DIY Trash Can Cabinet: Detailed instructions

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Step 1: Cut Wood

Using miter saw to cut the wood for DIY trash can for kitchen
  • Use a table saw with a fine-toothed trim blade to cut plywood pieces and the widths of any wood pieces as needed.
  • If you don’t have a table saw, no worries. It isn’t the only way! Check out the Kreg Rip-Cut circular saw guide.
  • Use a miter saw to cut the board lengths. 
  • Cut plywood and oak boards as per woodworking plans, which can be downloaded for free here.
  • Prevent plywood from chipping with a trim blade. You can also put painter’s tape over the cut line as another way to prevent chipping.

Step 2: Cut Dado for Drawer

Cutting dado on wood with table saw
  • Make ¼” dado cuts the drawer side pieces for the drawer bottom using a dado blade on a table saw.
  • If no dado blade, make multiple passes with a regular table saw blade.

Step 3: Cut Groove for Door Panel Insert

  • Use a table saw to cut a ⅜” deep groove into door rails and stiles.
  • Make a couple of passes until the groove is ¼” wide.

Step 4: Sand

Sand down the wood using orbital sander.
  • Lightly sand all cut pieces with 80-grit sandpaper and an orbital sander.

Step 5: Drill Pocket Holes

Use a pocket hole jig to drill pocket holes.
  • Drill pocket holes following woodworking plans, using a pocket hole jig – like the Kreg 720 Pro or Kreg 520 Pro.
  • Drill slowly to avoid damaging the thin hardwood veneer.

Step 6: Assemble the Drawer Box

Wood pieces for drawer and glue for assembly.
  • Glue and nail back and sides together.
  • Slide in drawer bottom into dado channel, add a front piece, and nail together. Allow to dry.

Step 7: Assemble Face Frame

A clamp, face frame, and Kreg screws for attachment for a door with pocket hole joinery
  • Clamp face frame pieces together and use 1 ¼” hardwood Kreg screws to attach.
  • We always recommend predrilling pilot holes to prevent splits when working with hardwood, like Oak.

Step 8: Assemble Door

We used a clamp table to attach the wood pieces with pocket hole joinery on the door for the DIY trash can
  • Dry fit door pieces, clamp, mark, and pre-drill.
  • Add wood glue into the groove, assemble the door, clamp, and screw in pocket hole screws. 
  • Allow to dry.

Step 9: Build Cabinet Frame

Wood cabinet assembled with Kreg screws and pocket holes
  • Assemble cabinet side panels, bottom panel, top panel, and bottom supports using pre-drilled pocket holes.
  • Use 1 ¼” Softwood/plywood Kreg screws.

Step 10: Build Top

Making top for DIY trash can with pocket hole joinery adding trim around the end of plywood
  • Dry fit top front and side trim pieces, mark through pocket holes and assemble using 1 ¼” Kreg hardwood pocket screws.

Step 11: Attach Face Frame and Top to Cabinet

A man applies adhesive to plywood top before attaching to the top of the DIY trash can cabinet
  • Attach the face frame with 1 ¼” Kreg hardwood screws.
  • Attach the top using construction adhesive and finish nails from the inside.

Step 12: Assemble Trash Bin Tilt Platform

Attached the tilt bin to the wooden cabinet to hold a trash can with a tilt out platform
  • Attach tilt support triangles to the trash bin tilt platform base with wood glue and finish nails.
  • Attach bin tilt platform to the door using pre-drilled pocket holes. Add wood glue for extra strength.

Step 13: Sand and Stain

Applying dark walnut wood stain to trash cabinet for kitchen

Step 14: Apply Finish

A man applies spray lacquer over the finished dry stain for a final touch.
  • Spray lacquer onto parts at least 3 times for protection.
  • Lightly rub #0000 wire wool for a smooth finish after it’s dry to the touch.

Step 15: Add Hinges and Tilt Stops

Attach a piano hinge to the bottom of the trash can cabinet for added functionality.
  • Attach the piano hinge to the bottom edge of the cabinet and door.
  • Tilt open the door to the desired angle and attach tilt stops. Test to make sure it is working properly.

Step 16: Add Back Panel

A man screws in the back panel of the trash cabinet for stability.
  • Attach the back panel to the trash cabinet using 1 ¼” softwood/plywood Kreg screws for a finished look.

Step 17: Add Drawer Slides, Drawer Face & Hardware

After that, the man installs the drawer slide for the diy trash cabinet, and voila! You're all done!
  • The last thing you’ll do is add the drawer and hardware. 
  • Clamp together the drawer box and drawer front. 
  • Attach drawer pull using a hardware template.
  • Follow instructions for drawer slides. 
  • Attach a matching door pull to the top of the door for tilting the trash bin out. 

Ready to see the finished DIY trash can cabinet??

finish product of a DIY trash can cabinet with open doors

I love that the tilt out front looks like a cabinet door and the stain color matches the rest of our kitchen. 

finish product of a DIY trash can cabinet close doors
finish product of a DIY trash can cabinet with book on top

What did we make this DIY trash can cabinet out of?

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

To paint or stain the DIY trash can cabinet: that is the question!

I 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 and the farmhouse sink cabinet we have in our laundry room (adjacent to the kitchen). 

If you’d rather have a painted trash bin, good news for you because you can make it a lot cheaper. If we had 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 pull out trash can.

the before and after picture of a DIY trash can cabinet.

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

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

Let us know in the comments below!

DIY trash can cabinet with text overlay saying
How To Build A DIY Trash Can Cabinet

How To Build A DIY Trash Can Cabinet

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!

6 thoughts on “DIY Trash Can Cabinet 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.

  2. What are the maximum dimensions for the trash bin that goes inside this? I’d prefer to get the biggest one that will fit (or can be made to fit) instead of trying to adjust all the wood dimensions.

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