|Project by BusterB||posted 08-13-2015 09:16 PM||3698 views||6 times favorited||17 comments|
My wife has been wanting one of these patio coolers for a while. Had a couple of weeks of staycation so decided the time was nigh. I decided that it would be more of a challenge if I built most of it using reclaimed and recycled materials so I (with the help of a few good folks) set about gathering materials. Acquired a couple of pressure treated 4×4’s that were being thrown out because they had concrete dust on them along with a couple of 16 footers that were warped pretty badly. Ok, can mill the lumber I need for the frame out of these. My brother in law works at a sponge factory…I know, I know…lol, and he brought me several bundles of pallet slats that he had collected that came in between the large pieces of sponge. These were a mixed bag of pine, oak, poplar and some mystery wood I think may be ash. Now I had the wood for the sides and racks. Took me a week to put together with most of it spent planing those slats. Had a can of stain my son had bought for a mystery project that he never actually got around to building so used it. It was labeled “gunstock” but looked really orange when it was first applied. The only “puchased” items was screws, plumbing items, bottle opener/catch and the hinges. I placed the shelf and bottle opener on the left side to make it more user friendly for her since she is left handed. She seems pretty pleased with it so I guess it was worth it.
-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)