Pixel Trash Can




About: Hi, my name is Britt Michelsen, I'm a Chemical Engineer especially interested in Computational Fluid Dynamics. To balance all the theoretical work I like to make stuff in my free time.

From the second I saw this paper pixel trash can I fell in love with it and I knew that I wanted to make a real life model.

I love working with wood, because I grew up on a lumber yard and now that I'm living in a city I really miss the smell of it. Piece by piece I am equipping my cellar room, so that I'm able to make what ever I like.

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Step 1: Material and Tools

  • wood 1.5 cm thick (I've used plywood because it was easier for me to get)
  • paint (3 different types of gray)
  • wood filler (putty knife)
  • wood glue
  • primer
  • masking tape
  • screws (20 mm long)
  • circular saw bench
  • scroll saw
  • belt sander
  • drill
  • ruler
  • paint brush
  • clamps
  • protection: working gloves, safety glasses, ear protection

Step 2: Sawing

You can of course build the trash can entirely out of wooden blocks, but I wouldn't suggest it, considering the work to cut them.

Make sure, that you now what you are doing and don't hurt yourself!

The first picture (higher resolution) shows the template of the pieces you will have to saw. I made them by cutting rectangles, marking the corners with a pencil and cutting them out with a scroll saw.

In order to saw the lid and bottom I drew a grid on the wood, as shown in the fifth picture.

Step 3: Filling and Priming

Now you will have to sand all the pieces. If you are working with plywood you should use a wood filler, to fill the holes.

Priming is important when you are working either with MDF or plywood, because the edges won't take a good and even coat of paint. In order to get a good result you should prime the wood more than once and sand in between the layers.

Step 4: Painting

In the pictures you can see how I've painted my trash can. Those are of course only suggestions, if you don't like them, just paint it however you would like it to look like. Don't make it to complicated though, because it takes some time to paint all the pieces.
Masking tape helps a lot in order to get nice straight lines.

Step 5: Assembling

Picture one shows the basics of the assembly for one side. The light blue areas mark the surfaces on which we apply glue.
I've assembled one side at a time and then glued all the sides together. To support the bond between the pieces I used screws and later covered the holes with wood filler. In the end add the bottom and if it's necessary support it with screws.

Congratulations, you are done!

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, jep ich spreche Deutsch (Ich hatte Englisch, Französisch und Latein in der Schule), spreche Spanisch, da ich ein Jahr in Chile gelebt habe und lerne gerade Schwedisch in der Uni...

    und du?


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Linguam latinam disco, discivi multum! sum solus puer qui linquam amo! ridiculus, vero ita?

    quoque tubam sono. nunc sum otiosi quod pensam non habeo, sed est ad me venint!


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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    To be honest I never quite liked Latin, I prefer to learn languages that I can use to talk to people, I can understand what you wrote, but I don't remember enough to answer...


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Wer kennt sie nicht Deutsch sprechen?! Ich spreche auch Russisch, Englisch, Latein, Niederländisch und ein wenig Spanisch. Wir alle sind begabt! Ja!


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Ich spreche auch english spanish und franzoesisch.Also koennte man die muelltonne eigendlich auch stabieler bauen?


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Große instructable Menschen. Als ich das Bild sah, dachte ich, dass es ein Pixelbild war. Beeindruckend.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thats scary how many people know different languages. Too bad I only know english. :(


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Ohhhhh golly. This is adorable. I've been inspired. Thank you! =)


    8 years ago on Step 5

    Very nice instructable. Good to see some good old german work here

    Sieht gut aus oder look's great. Spreche: Deutsch,English,Russisch,Estnisch& lerne später noch Schwedisch :)
    MfG MaximcSauerkraut :)