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Patio Cooler For A South Paw

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Project by BusterB posted 08-13-2015 09:16 PM 3675 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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)





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farmerdude

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#1 posted 08-13-2015 09:48 PM

Another fine job by BusterB! And, if you don’t mind my saying so, you are awesome. I’‘m a lefty also so I know how handy this will be the way you set it up. Most people don’t take us south paws into consideration. Your reclaimed/recycled wood looks great. An all around beautiful, and useful project. Good job buddy.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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JoeinGa

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#2 posted 08-13-2015 10:42 PM

Pretty cool. How do you keep the cooler lid to stay in the top box?

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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luv2learn

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#3 posted 08-13-2015 10:50 PM

You earned a new title Buster, “Scrounge Master of Tennessee”. I love the finished product. You do great work!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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BusterB

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#4 posted 08-14-2015 12:37 AM

Jeff- Thank you buddy. Happy left handed day…seems my project was well timed…lol if it wasn’t for the Internet, I wouldn’t have had a clue any such thing existed.

Joe- thank you sir. My original plan was to use 1/4” dowels to hold lid in place (and I still may) but I put some 3” screws in to make sure everything moved like it should and they seem to be doing an OK job so far. It’s nice and snug so I won’t mess with it unless I have to.

L2L- thanks Lee. I will bear that title proudly (much better than some I have had…lol) but it isn’t by my doing alone. I had the help of some pretty good folks. Have a couple of maintenance guys and a storeroom clerk who help me keep an eye out for potential projecting stuff.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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doubleDD

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#5 posted 08-14-2015 01:12 AM

Nice job on the traveling cooler. You want to keep it close to you when moving around the pool on these hot days. Great job on the wood tones too.
Sounds like you are ready for a pool party now. I’ll be over as soon as I find my beach towel.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 08-14-2015 02:34 AM

Fine looking project, Buster. I’ll have a lager!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 08-14-2015 03:19 AM

Very nice looking work. Anyone would be proud to have it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 08-14-2015 05:46 AM

Buster B your the man!! This project definitely belongs in the Top 3 my friend. I have been wanting to build one for a couple years now and you beat me to it. Great design too.

-- "The Cedar King" https://www.facebook.com/BarroneFarm

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BusterB

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#9 posted 08-14-2015 12:26 PM

Dave- thank you buddy. If you can’t find yours, we will loan you one…come on down!!!

Jim- Thank you sir. Will have it on ice for you sir. Might buy you six if you will show stick around and show me a thing or two about using a lathe…lol

Monte- thank you sir. I was pretty proud it was finished….lol

Todd- thank you my friend. All I can say is that it must have been a slow day on LJ’s…..lol you should probably build these, already had a couple of folks offer to buy it. A cedar one would be very popular I think.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#10 posted 08-14-2015 03:18 PM

Realy cool outdoor accessorie. Very usefull those hot days.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 08-14-2015 09:11 PM

Very productive staycation, Buster! Another beautiful and useful addition to your home. Does the side table fold down? Hope you didn’t find any bad surprises in that reclaimed wood! What kind of finish did you put over the stain? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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BusterB

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#12 posted 08-14-2015 09:21 PM

Ivan- thank you sir. It gets plenty warm here so she should have ample opportunity to use it.

Candy- thank you buddy-ett. The side shelf is fixed. A folding version would have been cool. Way to come in there aftet its built…lol No major surprises in the wood. One thing I was happy with, the pallet slats had never grown up to be pallets….no nails or nail holes. Clear polyurethane is protective overcoat…used to use wipe on but Todd Barone put me on to a gloss brush on version that ain’t bad.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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CFrye

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#13 posted 08-14-2015 09:52 PM



Candy- thank you buddy-ett. The side shelf is fixed. A folding version would have been cool. Way to come in there aftet its built…lol No major surprises in the wood. One thing I was happy with, the pallet slats had never grown up to be pallets….no nails or nail holes. Clear polyurethane is protective overcoat…used to use wipe on but Todd Barone put me on to a gloss brush on version that ain t bad.

- BusterB


Some people armchair quarter back…I do armchair woodworking!
Unused pallet slats? Very nice!
Are you gonna keep that brush on version to yourself or share with the rest of the class?

-- God bless, Candy

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hoss12992

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#14 posted 08-14-2015 10:16 PM

That looks great. I have a few in my future as well. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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#15 posted 08-14-2015 10:23 PM

Very cool.Nice work.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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