Magazine article Sunset

Handy Bin for Recycling Newspapers

Magazine article Sunset

Handy Bin for Recycling Newspapers

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Handy bin for recycling newspapers

The admirable practice of recycling newspapers has become common--and sometimes necessary--throughout the West. In many households, stacking the papers until recycling day is an untidy issue. But not with this open-sided bin; its foot-tall corner brackets keep one or two weeks' worth of papers in an orderly pile.

To make the bin, you'll need one 6- and one 8-foot length of 1-by-4 pine, 3 dozen 1 1/4-inch flat-head woodscrews, wood glue, a table saw, a saber saw, and an electric drill with a 3/8-inch countersink bit and a plug cutter of the same size.

Rip 1/8 inch off one side of each board. From the 6-foot board, cut two 16-inch-long pieces; rip another 3/4 inch from one side of the remainder, then cut the board into two 14-inch-long pieces. Lay out the bin's rectangular base: set the longer pair on top of the shorter, making sure all corners are flush and square. Using two screws per corner, assemble the base. …

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