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Making a Work Bench from a Recycled Pepsi/Coke Barrel

Since I live in an apartment and I have a finished basement, I need a place to do my project work. That means I have to work in my tiny 10x10 backyard. Since Ohio isn't known for being the sunniest state in the Union, I have to have a place where I can store my spray painted projects and let them dry without fear of getting wet and to store some of my messier cans of solvents and such.

My quick and recycled project idea, a small work bench/spray paint/storage area.



 
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Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
First, where do you get a plastic 55 gallon syrup barrel? These are widely available from just about any soda bottling company. I was sold mine for $5 from a Pepsi bottling plant. They are only allowed to use them once and they end up having to pay to have the shredded, so many of these places are more than happy to give them away. I think these things are great and I have a ton of ideas for these cheap and widely available tools. (If you are so inclined they make for excelent water storage)

Disposables:
One plastic 55 gallon soda syrup barrel
Two 2x2 sheets of plywood
Two sets of hinges c screws
One doorknob
Four wood screws
Four sections of a 2x4
Weather Striping

Tools:
Safety Glasses
Drill
Jig Saw
Sharpie
Pencil
Measuring tape
String or twine
Tack or pushpin


Step 2: Marking the Barrel for the Storage Door

1. Flip the barrel so the bung holes are face down on the ground (Heheheh I said bung hole)

2. Measure and mark out with a sharpie a door using the seam of the barrel as a straight edge and reference point. I made mine 12 x 18 inches.

3. Drill holes at the four corners of the door. This is so you can get the jig saw blade into the plastic.

Step 3: Cutting out the door.

Picture of Cutting out the door.
4. Using your jigsaw cut out the door. The plastic is suprisingly easy to cut.
Eye Poker (author) 6 years ago
Thank you! These giant barrels just get thrown out or shredded, so why not go down and pick a couple up. There are so many possibilities with them. I'm hoping a friend of mine will be able to pick a few up for us to try and make a a square foot garden out of them. this spring. Heck we even have been talking about putting a few together to try an make a makeshift raft with nothing more than a few barrels and some rope.
Pretty good deal for Pepsi, either they pay for disposal or charge you to take it. I might be inclined to go get a few if they were genuinely free. By the way you said it was a syrup barrel, was it difficult to clean out? Soda syrup I'd imagine is pretty sticky stuff.
nice work
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