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Turn a military surplus fuel or water can into a hinged-lid trash can

Step 1: Decaptiate jerry can

Picture of Decaptiate jerry can
Warning: This step involves cutting into an old gas can. Even if the can is bone dry, residual vapors could ignite (especially if power tools are used.) Vent the can completely, work in a well ventilated area, use eye protection, etc.

(Obligatory disclaimer: Not responsible for injuries, damage to property, angry neighbors, etc.)

Cut the top section from the can, just below the flange where the top of the can meets the body of the can. I used an angle grinder, but a hacksaw or rotary tool would work just as well.
 
maps335 years ago
Nice one!!
Quite simple, but really sweet looking!
Fletcher (author)  maps332 years ago
Thanks!
elisegc2 years ago
THAT IS AWESOME. Well done.
uguy7 years ago
Excellent ible, well done great pix. Thanks for sharing.
It is a must have, very nice.
Spectrace7 years ago
nice job. however, i think it would have been better to put the hinges opposite the "nozzle" or w/e. and i think it would have been easier to open.
Fletcher (author)  Spectrace7 years ago
That was my original plan, but since it sits under my desk, lifting the lid with a rear hinge would have been awkward, and probably not left much clearance. Also, there's less weight stress on the side mounted hinges, and since I snugged the 'barrels' of the hinges in the recesses I cut in the flange, the hinge action is snug (as opposed to being loose and floppy, if that makes any sense.) That said, I think if you didn't have those limitations, not only would it work well but the hinges would be in the back, where they'd be least visible.
yeah, i guess that would have been awkward.
thats oddly cool :-)
macdadyabc7 years ago
thats a really sweet idea. jerry cans are awesome, and this would be a great project if a can had a whole in it , or a rusted out bottom. keep up the good work
Fletcher (author)  macdadyabc7 years ago
Thanks!