DIY Trash Bin Wheel

Back in April, a wheel fell off my trash bin and someone ran it over. Without the wheel, the bin easily tips over and it’s been a pain in the ass getting it out to the road on trash day. So I finally made time to make a new wheel.

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I glued and screwed two pieces of 3/4″ plywood together. Then I found the center of the block, center punched it to make drilling easy later, and drew a circle to match the size of the working wheel.

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On the band saw I cut close to the line.

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Then I took it over to the disc sander and sanded right up to the line.

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On the drill press I made a hole the center with a bit slightly larger than the trash bin’s shaft.

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Time for a test fit. It was perfect!

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Back over to the sander, where I added a chamfer to the edges.

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Sprayed a couple of coats of paint.

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Then I used epoxy to attach a washer to each side of my wheel, which would sort of act as bearings.

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The final step was to find something to hold the wheel on the shaft. In one of my junk boxes I found a plastic piece, which fit on the shaft after using a file to make the hole a little larger. I used more epoxy to attach this to the shaft.

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I’m not sure how the plywood will hold up to the rain and snow, but I’m sure I’ll find out over the next few months.

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