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Cedar Cooler Box #1: Materials & Tools & Sketchup Designs

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Blog entry by edwood1975 posted 05-04-2015 06:41 PM 2267 reads 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided to make a cooler box for my deck and I designed the whole project using examples from the web below are some of the design aspects that I designed on Sketchup.. Also is a shopping list for all materials and tools that I will be using in its construction:

If you decide to make this cooler please take your own cooler measurements… As you know they are all very different, my cooler is a 48 quart cooler..

The cooler roughly cost me $100 for materials but I had to buy the K4 Kreg jig and that was another $100 ( couldn’t have done it without the jig but there is a cheaper pocket hole jig called the R3 jig from Kreg

Shopping list:( Home Depot)
8 lengths of 1×4x 96” Cedar boards
7 lengths of 1×3x96” cedar boards
1 length of 2×4x96” wethershield board
Kreg K4 pocket hole jig
2 box (100) 1 1/4” coarse pocket hole self tapping screws
1 box 1” regular screws
1 door pull
1 30” brass piano hinge

Tools Used:
10” Craftsman Compound mitre saw
Kreg K4 pocket hole jig
Ryobi Router ( mounted inside a table)
Drill and screw gun

Below are the Sketchup models I made my unit is 38” high and 28.5” wide I’m not going to go crazy with dimensions because if you do make this you will undoubtedly custom it to you needs and cooler box



Also one more amendment I made from the plans was I raised the bottom shelf up off the ground by 3.5” because I didn’t want it right on the ground ..( this design change is not on the models) but I will put up actual pics when I post this blog on a new project page….

Keep tuned the frame is the next blog entry….

-- Ed



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MT_Stringer

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#1 posted 05-04-2015 06:49 PM

kinda looks like mine.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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edwood1975

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#2 posted 05-04-2015 06:55 PM



kinda looks like mine.

- MT_Stringer

So it does …a few minor changes I’ve no wheels and my shelf has no spaces but I hope mine comes out as good as yours.. I’m curious was there any difficulties when you did yours?... And what joinery method did you use?

-- Ed

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#3 posted 05-04-2015 07:11 PM

Guess I should have read on

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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MT_Stringer

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#4 posted 05-04-2015 08:33 PM


kinda looks like mine.

- MT_Stringer

So it does …a few minor changes I ve no wheels and my shelf has no spaces but I hope mine comes out as good as yours.. I m curious was there any difficulties when you did yours?... And what joinery method did you use?

- edwood1975


No joinery. Just glue and screws. I made the sides using pocket hole construction.

...and a 72 qt cooler. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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