Patio cooler, 40gal

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Project by mellob posted 09-21-2009 04:20 AM 6100 views 18 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, so this is the latest. I used a 40gal storage container, pt 2×4’s and 4×4’s for the corners. Sheet styrofoam around the tub, and spray foam to fill in the gaps. Keeps ice for about 36 hours and drinks cold for about 48. Oh and it holds a CRAP LOAD of beer!!!! Nothing better than enjoying the fruits of your labor!

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#1 posted 09-21-2009 04:31 AM

that is really too cool… pun intended… such a practical project. Complete with drain… oh, so environmentally friendly…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#2 posted 09-21-2009 05:05 AM

great job, I may be stealing that idea.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#3 posted 09-21-2009 07:22 AM

Me likes!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Tony Z

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#4 posted 09-21-2009 01:28 PM

Very nice. I think I found my next project.

-- Tony, Ohio

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#5 posted 09-21-2009 03:31 PM

MMMMMMMMMMMMM BEER! That’s really neat! How did you do the drain? Cool, very cool!


-- He who dies with the most tools wins!.....Just wait, I'm going to win!..ERR my wife will at least.

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#6 posted 09-21-2009 03:55 PM

Great idea!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 09-21-2009 04:27 PM

Now that a wood working project worth building. Going in my favs.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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Kent Shepherd

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#8 posted 09-21-2009 10:16 PM

Good design. Looks really well made. Thanks


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#9 posted 09-21-2009 11:31 PM

Very cool, really neat thing to have in summer or near the sofa during games in winter.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 09-22-2009 12:56 AM

The drain is 1/2” pvc. A short piece with an elbow from bottom of tub. That was the easy part. The siding is cedar fence planks, figured they were made for outdoor applications and they are very light in weight. Also sprayed a quick coat of spar urethane over the whole thing, just as added protection.

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#11 posted 09-22-2009 04:49 AM

Great Lookin Cooler Where Is The Beer

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#12 posted 09-22-2009 05:54 PM

great looking project and practical. are you certain about the 36 hrs. Perhaps we should have an ad hoc committee of lumberjocks test this claim. I’ll chair the committee. You supply the ice. beer and location and pre whatever you will need to relieve several thousand LJ’s full of beer

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#13 posted 10-04-2009 05:18 PM

Every beer drinker should have one of these on their deck. GREAT idea. Thanks for the idea. Will be building one of these for next spring.
Mark, Lavelle, PA

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