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Project by Dave Carlisle posted 01-22-2018 03:22 AM 1770 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So a friend ordered 5 deck coolers for five Doctors that work for him. BIG order. I am approaching 300 deck coolers since I started this after retiring. Popular items.

-- Woodworking Principal





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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 01-22-2018 03:33 AM

Wow! almost 300! I can see why your coolers are so popular! It’s because they look so good. Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Dave Carlisle

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#2 posted 01-22-2018 03:41 AM

Thanks, Tony!! When someone asked me to make one, about 5 years ago, I had no idea what a rustic cooler or deck cooler was. I googled it and found pictures. My first thought was, ‘Hey, it’s flat and square! I can make that!’ :) I did have to figure out the drain and lid installation, but after I did a few, it got easier and easier and I really believe there is a market for these. You can find them at Tractor Supply and a few other places, but the quality is poor. I am sure they come from overseas and they are inferior quality and materials. I use 4/4 cypress and it is heavy and solid. I use Coleman Coolers which are good. I also have a friend with a CNC, so he does my engravings for me. I stay busy in retirement.

I live in the suburbs near Memphis. You?

-- Woodworking Principal

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woodshaver Tony C

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#3 posted 01-22-2018 04:01 AM

Nice to have a friend with a CNC. I think that CNC work really give your cooler a “cool” look! I’ve been retired for 17 years now and loving every minute of it. I lived in your state for 12 years Spring Hill TN. Now in St Augustine FL.
Keep up the good work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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pottz

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#4 posted 01-22-2018 04:05 AM

they look cool-no pun intended,but can you show us more? more pics and a little more info?from what I can see, very nice work.no wonder they want more.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 01-22-2018 05:38 AM

Wow 300, amazing!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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jeffswildwood

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#6 posted 01-22-2018 12:59 PM

These cooler are really nice and quality built. I retired last year and have been doing wood work also but 300 coolers? That is definitely keeping you busy which is the name of the game.!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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Mojo1

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#7 posted 01-22-2018 01:48 PM

Nice, sounds like you have a good business going on !

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 01-22-2018 03:33 PM

This is a beautiful collection of deck coolers. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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ohwoodeye

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#9 posted 01-22-2018 04:12 PM

Very nice. What do you use for your drain connection and where do you get the parts.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Dave Carlisle

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#10 posted 01-22-2018 06:57 PM

I drill a hole through the cooler bottom and drop a sink drain in and tighten it down. Lowes-part # 21871. ($7.25)

-- Woodworking Principal

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toolfooldan

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#11 posted 01-22-2018 10:47 PM

Awesome product. Those look very professional. I need to make one of these for the back porch.

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