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Fit an adjustable floor to a wheelie bin firewood container

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240L wheelie-bins are great for moving and storing a few nights-worth of firewood, but are difficult for shorties to get the last bits out of. Here's a way to deal with that.

Given that the bin is only needed in fire season, there may be a summer use for it: what are your ideas?
  • put packs of ice in the bottom for a BBQ cool-store (as supplies are used, the rest is easy to reach by raising the board)
  • store potting mix for the spring to autumn planting season
  • use the bin for garden refuse collection for wheeling to the compost bin
  • make a nesting area for your chooks (chickens)
  • ...
 
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Step 1: Materials and tools

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Materials:
240L wheeliebin
MDF fibreboard or plywood (in my case 20mm thick MDF)
6mm rope

Tools:
secateurs
jigsaw
something of similar radius to the inside corner of the bin
pencil or marker pen
round file or some sandpaper

Costs:
Unknown: I had all materials and tools already to hand.

Step 2: Mark, cut and drill floorboard

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Measure the width and depth of the bottom of the bin and transfer those dimensions to your timber. The MDF sheet I had was serendipitously the right width, so I only needed the front-to-back measurement. In these photos I only measured the very bottom of the bin so there is quite a wide gap when the board is raised. Next time, I would measure just above the axle step and sacrifice a bit of storage space.

Use something with a similar arc to the inside curve of a front corner of the bin to mark two arcs in what will be the front corners of your board. In my case, this was a roll of electric fence* wire. In an upcoming short Instructable I'll show you another method for transferring this curve.

Cut out the shape. A jig saw is easiest for this.

Drill a hole in each corner that is large enough for a snug fit by your rope. Don't put the holes too close to the edges.

* New Zealander Doug Phillips invented the non-shortable electric fence in 1962.
ii4him1 year ago
Very nice, well done. I have an over-sized bin from Europe to put to good use now.
finton (author)  ii4him1 year ago
Thanks ii4him. We've used it for a couple of winters now and it's worked adequately. I've added a couple of hinged flaps to the floor, front and back, to fill the gaps as the floor is raised.
I'd love to see your results: if you come up with any substantial improvements, perhaps you could create your own i'ble!