Introduction: Pallet Basketball Wastebasket

About: I'm a follower of Christ, a husband, a father, and a novice wood dabbler ?

I know not all of you are BBN or UK fans, but please look past a logo and see what cool thing was created with leftover pallet pieces.

Step 1: Gather and Cut Wood to Size.

This is totally a customizable project. I am giving you the rough dimensions of what I used, but if you are going to do this project be creative with what you have laying around. It's a great fun way to use some old scraps.

You will need:

12 equal pieces to build the "can" part of the wastebasket (min were 2.5" by 6.75")

3 pieces for the bottom (again i used the above measurements)

2 pieces for the back board (I used two scrap pieces of a pallet and squared it off to a dimension that would compliment the basket)

1 (piece for the "pole" from the backboard to the wastebasket

1 spacer that goes between the "pole" and the wastebasket (this is used so your small grocery bag will slide down the back side of the basket a little to help keep it in place)

8 small pieces for the rim (cut at a 22.5 degree angle on each end my pieces were about 2.75" each) Make sure the angles on each end are opposite so you can make the circle

wood glue


brad nailer (optional, but it helps)

Step 2: Glue Then Brad Nail

glue then brad nail (so the glue can dry and you can move along with the build) 4 pieces together to make a box. Do this 3 times to make 3 equal boxes.

Step 3: Bottom of Basket

Glue 3 pieces along the bottom of one of your three boxes to create the bottom of your wastebasket. I equally spaced these out leaving a small gap in-between the boards for no particular reason, i could have measured and cut the pieces to be flush and butted up to each other, but i liked the look of the gap.

Step 4: Finish the Wastebasket

line up and glue the remainder of the boxes together. Make sure you put a good weight on top to help with the wood glue making good contact. I always use wax paper under my projects when i am using wood glue just to help with what ever squeeze out happens. You don't want to glue your basket to your work table unless you need a trash can permanently mounted there. Leave this until the glue dries (i mean you could move it before hand, but it won't help you have a good build , glue will get everywhere and you won't like it. :p LOL)

Step 5: Back Board

clamp and glue your backboard together I use two bottom clamps, a top clamp, and then a weight to help keep it a level. make sure to scrap off your squeeze out after an hour or so.

Step 6: "the Pole"

take your small spacer piece and glue it to the bottom of your pole piece. this spacer will go between the basket and the pole to create a little space so your trash bag can slide down between the two pieces. position your pole on the back of the wastebasket leaving a gap between the top of the wastebasket and the top of the spacer so you have that little gap created.

Step 7: Placing the Backboard

position the backboard on the pole and secure it with LOTS of wood glue and either brad nail it or clamp it till it is dry.

Step 8: Rim Joinery

I decided instead of just taping up the rim with glue in the seams (which would have worked fine) I decided to play around with a little dowel joinery. And when I say little, I mean little. these dowels I am cutting down to ⅛ of an inch. I used my bandsaw to make these cuts on a ¼ in dowel. you can see I made a makeshift zero clearance with a piece of scrap and used another small piece of scrap to roll the small dowels through so they would not shoot out at me. (I mainly was wasting time in the garage at this point to see if I could do it)

Remember if you do use a bandsaw for this cut be very careful and pay attention to where your fingers are in relationship to the blade!!!!

Step 9: Rim Joinery and Gluing

I took a piece of painters tape and marked off half of the distance of the length of my dowels then used that to know the depth I would be drilling in each rim piece. after test fitting everything I stretched out a piece of tape and started joining the pieces together with the dowels and glue then I just rolled the rim up making sure all the joints connected properly and left it on my wax paper to dry.

Step 10: Rounding the Rim

After the glue dried, I went to my belt sander and rounded the edges of the rim making it look more like a rim but left enough edge so you could tell that it was cut from straight pieces.

Step 11: Mounting the Rim

I sanded one of the rim sections flat on the back to be able to have it set against the backboard easily, then I glued and brad nailed the rim in place. at this point you are basically finished. You could use the wastebasket as it, but I wanted to put my team logo on it for added fun.

Step 12: Decorating the Backboard

I had some DIY patina laying around from a christmas project I build so I decided to use it to put on a backboard Logo. Yes, I am a huge University of Kentucky (go CATS) fan, please don't judge me I grew up in Kentucky and have always like my CATS.

First you have to spend a fair amount of the patina on the backboard where you want the logo to be, then taking an image PRINTED IN REVERSE (i used photoshop to reverse it) I put the patina on the image as well. The blue tape you see was just there to make it a little easier to line up the logo on the backboard after the patina is in place.

Let this set for 24 hours then come back with water and a small sponge to wash and wipe away the paper to reveal the print left on the backboard.

You can sand as little or as much as you want for this project, but I chose to leave it in a more rustic state just for fun.

Step 13: Finished Wastebasket

Hope you guys enjoyed this build! if you wanna see other work I have done. I have another Instructables and will hopefully be posting more soon, you can also catch me on Pinterest or instagram

I'd love to have your feedback on this projects and I'd love to see what you're building so hit me up in the comments or on my social medias

Reclaimed Wood Contest 2016

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Reclaimed Wood Contest 2016