Rustic coolers

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Project by Dave Carlisle posted 05-18-2014 04:19 AM 3095 views 24 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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These coolers are selling like hotcakes. I guess because they are rather unique. And they are fairly easy to make. I have sold about 40 in the last year and have 20 more on order…...

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#1 posted 05-18-2014 07:10 AM

Damn, Dave! Great job! What’s the profit margin on those babies? Do you feel like it’s worth your time to make 20 more?


-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#2 posted 05-18-2014 01:55 PM

It’s a unique Idea and has lots of eye appeal, well done ,congrats on a successful product.
It looks like you have built these around a plastic cooler?

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#3 posted 05-18-2014 02:14 PM

Awesome work I need to make one of these for my patio. Any tips or help with the plans would be great. My email is…. Great job and hope they sales keep on going!!!!! Thx in advance for any help.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 05-18-2014 02:18 PM

These have a lot of character and are nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 05-18-2014 09:44 PM

Hey Dave – I too would like to know your profit margin on these if you don’t mind. I have built and sold around 10 of them myself. I think I am going overkill on the details though. Due to them being an outdoor item, I have been only using stainless steel hinges and handles. They are pricey and eat into the profit margin but I am not confident regular rubbed bronze or similar style hinges and handles wont rust…

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#6 posted 05-19-2014 12:26 AM

Looks awesome. Thinking about making one for Father’s Day.

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#7 posted 05-21-2014 06:07 PM

Dave those look awesome ! My wife has been asking me to make one. Can you let me know the materials you used please. I was thinking I would make it out of cedar.

As well, do you have any plans that you could forward on/


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#8 posted 05-25-2014 03:35 PM

I was also interested in pricing and profit margin, if you don’t mind sharing your trade secrets. By the way, they look awesome.

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