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Born On:
18:40, 11 June 2013 (CDT)
Last Updated:
17:34, 27 June 2013 (CDT)


The current recycle center was just a random assortment of different size trash cans and two cardboard boxes one of which was slowly becoming more duct tape than cardboard to hold all the aluminum cans. A new recycle center was needed with better organization.

The idea was simple. Make a table with holes on top of different shapes with labels people could use to associate to what goes in each trash can underneath. So using all scrap wood and hardboard found at the shop I first created the table top in Inkscape as a 6 feet by 2 feet rectangle with ~10 inch diameter holes.

We found out the hard way after feeding this to the CNC table that Inkscape uses 72 dpi where the CNC table uses 90 (or was it the other way around?). So the bit started to cut shapes outside the edge of the rectangle. Tyler Crumpton told me to just shrink the drawing by 20% and poof it was perfect 6 feet by 2 feet rectangle and 10 inch shapes!


So then I used the laser cutter to cut out stencils to help spray paint the labels onto the spots under the shapes.


I then used scrap wood to make a quick table frame to hold this top over standard 13 gallon kitchen trash cans. So that meant it had to be 3 feet tall to give plenty of clearance.


The last step was to paint the labels and buy two more trash cans from Lowe's.