Never Throw Anything Away!




I enjoy taking a pile of junk and making something unusual out of it. I like wheeled vehicles, ...

I've always hated to throw things away, particularly things that I think I might find a use for someday. It was no different when I made a bunch of suitcase shelves ( After all, I only used the top six inches of the suitcase for that project -- and there was so much left over! It seemed like such a waste to throw away the majority of an old suitcase, so I decided to put it to a good use.

The container I built is simple, and can be used as a wastebasket, a magazine holder, a plant holder (if you line it with plastic) -- pretty much anything that requires an oblong container. This is a very easy project and can be completed in less than an hour or so.

The materials used for this project were minimal: the leftover part of the suitcase from the previous instructable (mentioned above), about 5 feet of outside corner molding, a few brad nails, black paint, and glue.

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Step 1: Prepare the Lower Part of the Suitcase

The first thing I did was glue the remains of the old suitcase shut using some epoxy glue.. I mixed up the epoxy, smeared it along the channel where the suitcase closed, and let it cure.

Next, I painted the inside with some flat black enamel.

Step 2: Prepare the Trim

I used some outside corner molding to line the cut part of the suitcase. After measuring and cutting the molding, I pre-finished it with stain and tung oil before installing.

Step 3: Install the Molding

Once the molding was dry, I attached it to the suitcase using small brad nails and glue.

That's all there was to it! Now instead of toting this thing out to the trash can, I can use it for something practical. I'm thinking I'll use it as a trash container in my office, unless of course my wife steals it for a magazine holder......

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    We used to be called packrats (probably still are for that matter) A show on cable called "Hacking with Hackett" calls this material "obtainium" I prefer the term "possibilium" I think its fun to browse my possibilium piles and find the perfect thingamajig that will work in place of going to the store to buy something that won't be any where near as interesting ! I'm sure an interior designer would charge a customer a couple thousand dollars to create the look you did with these 2 projects ^5

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I'll have to see if my cable company has that show. I find that when I have an accumulation of "junk," my mind will eventually begin assembling part of it into something either useful or interesting. Then all I have to do is let my hands follow. Thank you for your comment.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I got my stash of trash I build out of. It hurts me to have to go out and buy something but sometimes I got to. I think I am beginning to suffer from Freeganism a little. I'm beginning to get a bit radical anti-consumerism anymore. Right now I'm dying for a piece of 3" diameter schedule 80 PVC pipe. Nothing else will do for what I need it for. But I don't happen to have any lying around.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I know what you mean. I wish I had a better way of knowing exactly what I have in my "resource" pile. Been known to go out and buy some piece of hardware, only to find I already had one weeks/months later. Thanks for the comment.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Organizing can be a chore. I do a little here and there often. I try to keep like things together, you know stuff like that. Whenever I have to buy some hardware for what it costs I think I must be a millionaire! Because I've a pretty comprehensive collection as it is.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    What is this show Hacking with Hackett? i have never herd of it but does it star Chris Hakett Because i know his show Stuck With Hackett. and if it is im gonna see if i can find i on to watch.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I've only seen the show a couple times so, maybe it's stuck with hacket, he has dreads, builds awesome stuff from trash/junk