Mitered Corners & Other Things

Recently a certain adorable boy that I know decided to institute a “lifestyle change” in this house. I’m obviously in the middle of several of those right now (more on that later) but this particular change was manifesting itself in such a way as to clutter my postage-stamp sized kitchen.

And you know what clutter means for me…..


Three guesses as to what this is going to be?


Despite evidence to the contrary, no,  I am not engineering torture devices in my basement…


However, for this particular project I did choose to miter the corners of the frame, which is rather like a torture device for my patience. I like working with wood, but my joinery skills are in serious need of some practice.

So in this case, I smeared a little Gorilla Glue on the corners, clamped them down…


… and stuck a screw through it. Not as classy as dovetails, but hey, I put a wood plug in and that should count for something.


And the top of the frame (about one-tenth of this project) is complete.


And what the heck is it, you ask?

Why, the beginnings of my new recycling cabinet… thank you very much!


So far it’s only cost $25 for the wood and the cans. I’m hoping to keep it under $35 total.

Hopefully this will help stem the overpopulation of paper bags filled with bottles and cans that appear to be breeding in my breakfast nook!

9 Responses

  1. That looks like a great project! I need to make something like that for our kitchen, it sure would help keep everything out of sight until recycling day.

  2. Aimee, I’ll be glad to give you the measurements when it’s all done. The whole thing is about 16×20… and 19 or 20″ tall. I think it will tuck nicely into a corner when I’m done with it.

  3. Another brilliant idea. I think I may take this route in the future. Right after I train my roommate to actually WASH out the item before tossing it into the recycling.

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