Introduction: Jerry Can Trash Can
Turn a military surplus fuel or water can into a hinged-lid trash can
Step 1: 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.
Step 2: Grind or Sand Sharp Edges
Clean up the sharp edges on the can and lid using a grinder, sandpaper or file.
Step 3: Hinges
You can use whatever you have lying around or choose from the dizzying number of options your local hardware store has to offer. These 'light strap hinges' cost $3 for the pair.
Step 4: Rivet Hinges in Place
I chose to use rivets because they stay tight and look appropriate on military surplus. Apologies for the fuzzy pic. As you can see, I had to trim one of the hinges where I chose to locate it on the 'lid.' The 'barrel' of the hinge faces the outside of the can, and requires that notches are cut in the flange of the lid (see next pic.)
Step 5: Hinges Part 2
I notched the lid flange with the angle grinder, bending the notched sections with pliers until they broke off.
Step 6: Hinge Part 3
Lining up the hinge holes and drilling them for the rivets was the most time consuming part of the build, and even that didn't take very long.
Step 7: Trim the Edge Part 1
Optional Step: The edge of the can was still a bit rough after grinding, so I trimmed it with automotive door edge trim. Purchased at Wal-Mart for less than $3, it adds a nice smooth edge.
Step 8: Trimming the Can Edge Part 2
This door edge trim goes on easy and cuts with scissors.
Step 9: Finished Product 1
And that's all there is too it.
Step 10: Finished Product 2
(Apologies if this Instructable is amateurish; it's my first.)
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