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I'm trying to fit a slightly larger trash can into an opening in thick (about 1") plywood (see photo). Basically, I need to shave off some material in the corners to make the new can fit.

Question is, what is the right way to do it and what tools should be used? So far, I'm thinking about possibly using a hole saw. Or is there a better way?

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    Don't try the hole-saw idea without screwing a scrap piece of wood for the central drill-bit in the hole-saw to go into. Without that, your hole-saw it likely to just run around all over the place and make a mess of everything. – brhans Jun 9 at 15:23
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    use a half round rasp file .... also, that looks like particle board, not plywood – jsotola Jun 9 at 16:18
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This seems like an application where a saw like the one pictured below would be ideal. If you get the more expensive hollow ground type of blade for it the cut can be nice and smooth.

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Hollow Ground Jigsaw Blade

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If you do not have an electric jigsaw and you do not want to invest in one, a perfect (and economical) tool for this job would be what is commonly referred to as a keyhole saw. You will be surprised by how often it comes in handy after you own one:

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