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

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

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!