- 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)
Step 1: Materials and Tools
MDF fibreboard or plywood (in my case 20mm thick MDF)
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
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.
Step 3: Cut a Notch on Both Sides
Halfway along the bin lip on one side, make two cuts that nearly join each other and reach no more than halfway up the lip. The remainder of the lip is needed to hold the knot you will tie.
Break out the flap you've just made.
Use a file or sandpaper to smooth out the notch point.
Repeat this on the other side.
Step 4: Fit the Ropes and Tie the Knots
Feed each end of the ropes through the holes in the floor (one rope per side) and tie a stopper knot like a thumb knot, or better, a figure eight.
Lay the floor inside the bin, then pull one of the ropes until the floor is within easy reach of the shortest person who will collect the firewood. Hold the rope so that your forefinger is at the top of the notch. Tie a thumb knot with your other hand - don't move the position of your forefinger! - and ease the knot tighter without making it move past your forefinger. Do the same on the other side so that the board is level inside the bin. You may need to adjust one of the knots. If you need to change the height of the board later, it is simple enough to loosen, move and re-tighten the knots.
Lower the floor to the bottom of the bin and repeat the process with the loop end of the ropes. I tied mine with the floor just slightly above the bottom so there was a little bit of tension on the rope once the firewood was in - this keeps the ropes snugged into the notches.
Step 5: Raise the Floor
Remove the remaining firewood with ease and comfort.
Step 6: Remove Wasps From Base of Bin
Naturally it can be dangerous, generates a lot of heat, and is not recommended by me. If you damage yourself, others or materials after this warning, you only have yourself to blame.
Please don't go around destroying paper-wasp nests because you can: they play an important role in pest control.
* (the wasps die very quickly)