Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build Stackable Recycle Bins

03.08.12 By //
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These are a beautiful way to store your recycling until recycle day! They can also be used to store craft papers, toys and fabrics! Think of your own clever use!

You can get two bins out of a full sheet of ply.

Dimensions for This Project
  • Circular saw or Table saw
  • Jig Saw
  • Nail gun
  • Half of a 4×8 sheet of 1/2″ ply for 1,
  • ORĀ 1 and a half sheets of 1/2″ ply for 3
  • Chalkboard tags or paint
  • 1″ finish nails
  • finishing supplies
Cut List

All cuts are made from 1/2″ ply

  • 2 – 18 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ (sides)
  • 1 – 9″ x 23″ (front)
  • 1 – 23″ x 15 1/4″ (top)
  • 1 – 23″ x 12 (back)
  • 1 – 23″ x 15″ (bottom)

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1
Step 1

Mark your side boards as pictured above and cut along the lines. You can either use your jig saw to cut out the hole thing (just drill a hole inside where the handle will be so that you can get your blade in it) or use a 3/4″ paddle bit to drill two circles, and then use your jig saw to cut a line between them to create the handle). You’ll be making two of these.

Step 2
Step 2

Attach the front to the sides with glue and 1/2″ finish nails.

Step 3
Step 3

Attach the back, with glue and 1/2″ finish nails.

Step 4
Step 4

Attach the top, using glue and 1/2″ finish nails.

Step 5
Step 5

Turn the bin over, and attach the bottom, gluing and nailing.

Step 6

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School


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