Making A Recycle Bin From An Antique Box

While we were looking around for gifts this year we came across a really neat antique wooden box. Using it as a recycle bin for inside the house immediately came to mind. The only problem was it would scratch the wood floors in the kitchen. Here’s what I did to make the old box wood floor safe.

The materials used were:

  • 8 smaller washers
  • 4 larger washers
  • set of 4 furniture glides
  • 4 rubber bumpers

I was able to find all the stuff I needed at my local Ace Hardware.

Parts To Make Box Wood Floor Friendly
Parts To Make Box Wood Floor Friendly

The antique box is a combination of galvinized steel and wood.

Antique Box
Antique Box

Washers were used for spacing to clear the bottom of the box. In retrospect the glides could have been extended down instead of adding washers for spacing.

Spacing Gliders With Washers
Spacing Gliders With Washers

I was lucky with this box because there were already holes in the galvanized steel bottom. It would be simple enough to drill holes if necessary. The holes are a little large so a washer was added before tightening the gliders into place.

Washers Added To Compensate For Hole Size
Washers Added To Compensate For Hole Size

Rubber bumpers were added to the glides because I didn’t want the box to slide around on the wood floor.

Rubber Bumper On The Glider
Rubber Bumper On The Glider

The antique recycle bin adds a little more character than something new. Its got a cool warning about unauthorized use being “punishable by law” on it.

Finished Antique Recycle Bin
Finished Antique Recycle Bin

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