All across the the American suburbs nothing is more ubiquitous than the plastic roll out garbage and recycling cans. Whoever said that a simple, functional design has a beauty all its own wasn't thinking about this particular part of the American landscape. My task then was to find a way to conceal our three cans from view, make them accessable for regular use and for moving to the street on the scheduled day.
The first step of course was to conceptualize a design in my head and then take the concept and turn it into a 3-D design. From this I produced assemby drawings and material cut lists. Having spent a good chunk of my career as a machinery designer this was the easy part.
The basic frame had three sub-assemblies that were put together in my shop. These were then put together at the top of my driveway where the can corral was to be located.
|The subframes and frame assembly was constructed|
with 2x4s and 3" deck screws.
|Bricks and concrete blocks were used to keep the|
frame off the ground.
|Like the frame, the forward stabilizers were|
attached with 3" deck screws.
|The pickets were attached with 2" ring shank|
|Plywood gussets were used to reinforce the corners|
of the door frames and attached with 2" deck screws.
After the closing latch was put in place all that remained was to apply a coat of stain.
The total cost for the materials to build this, not including the stain that I already had, came to just under $110.00.