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Potato Bin for your kitchen cornucopia

Potato Bin for your kitchen cornucopia

Want a handy, attractive spot to store your root vegetables in order to keep them fresh, close at hand yet out of sight? The Potato Bin is the perfect solution.

Potato Bin for your kitchen cornucopia

Want a handy, attractive spot to store your root vegetables in order to keep them fresh, close at hand yet out of sight? The Potato Bin is the perfect solution. With a flip-down door and solid hinged lid for concealed storage, and a ventilated back panel to allow air flow, it's a great way to keep your vegetables dry, rot free and fresh. Finish your bin to suit your kitchen or pantry décor. It's also a great place to store other items such as pet food, even cook books!

What's In Store

Tools

  • mitre saw 1347-037
  • jig saw 1268-489
  • bench saw 1346-621
  • drill 1239-733
  • 1/4" bit 1214-331
  • sander 1262-369
  • measuring tape 1048-716
  • hammer 1030-558
  • nail set 1039-389
  • screwdriver 1058-170
  • staple gun 1072-172

Materials

  • 1" x 12" pine, 10 ft. (approx.)
  • 1" x 10" pine, 3 ft. (approx.)
  • 2" x 4" cedar, 8 feet
  • 1" x 3" pine, 2 ft. (approx.)
  • 3/8" plywood, 16" x 36"
  • hardware cloth, 14" x 28" 5258-936 or 5258-863 1-1/2", 2" 2134-826/835
  • carpenters' glue 2020-150
  • 1" finishing nails 2130-416
  • 2" finishing nails 2130-152
  • 2" brad nails 1283-140
  • 1/4" staples 1072-595
  • 3" T-hinges (2 pair)
  • roller catch 2308-513
  • knob 2406-770
  • wood filler 1627-396/378/387
  • sandpaper 1230-956

Step By Step

  1. Using the diagrams, cut all pieces to size. Use a jigsaw to cut the two "windows" in the plywood back panel. (Drill a 1/4" "start" hole for the jigsaw blade.) Note that the front and back edges of the lid are bevelled to 30°. Sand all the pieces before assembly. Use 2" finishing nails and glue, or 2" brad nails and glue for this project. Later, the nails can be set and the holes filled before finishing.
  2. On a bench saw or table saw, cut a 3/8" x 3/8" groove on the inner back edges of the two side pieces that will receive the plywood back panel.
  3. Fasten the bottom and upper shelf pieces to the two sides at the locations indicated.
  4. Attach the top ledge piece to the sides.
  5. Install the upper curved back support piece
  6. Using 1" finishing nails, install the back plywood panel into the channels on the two sides (see #2). Use 1/4" staples to fasten the hardware cloth over the ventilation "windows" of the back panel.
  7. Attach the bottom and upper bin front pieces to the side panels. Note that all front pieces are set back 1/4" from the front edge of the sides.
  8. Centre the lower door, and install the "T" hinges to the door and lower front panel.
  9. Using T-hinges, attach the bin lid to the top back ledge piece.
  10. Install the catch and knob on the lower door.


For The Finish And Relief Stencil Detail On The Lid

  1. Using T-hinges, attach the bin lid to the top back ledge piece.
  2. Lightly mark on the lid where you want to place the relief stencil pattern.
  3. Using Home drywall compound (1625-860) and Fall Leaves stencil (1682-663), smooth a layer of drywall over leaf with foam brush or putty knife. Repeat until wreath is formed. (Do every other leaf around the wreath, let dry, then fill in with more leaves. This will prevent you from squishing a freshly done leaf). Let dry.
  4. Lightly sand leaf motif. Paint with Beauti-Tone Trim and Door (1858-150/610). Let dry. We used LC005 Unity for the colour.
  5. To highlight relief, reposition the leaf stencil over relief. Use a dry brush technique stencil with black latex paint. (Stencil brush 9797-981).
  6. Inside. Paint inside of bin the same colour, or add a design element by painting it a beautiful contrasting colour. Stencil inside or as shown, using an easy polka dot design. For the polka dot look, simple dip felt pad (2346-562) in a different colour of paint, then blot off excess. Press on surface to create a dot. Repeat until desired pattern is achieved.

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