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Project by janice posted 1374 days ago 1707 views 4 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was just a simple fun little project. I’ve been seeing these around in the stores lately as coolers. I’ve been wondering what to do with that old beat up trunk I’ve had for years that was my dads. I originally thought my dad built this but he thinks it was his foot locker in the army in 51. He said everyone had one. Do the last two picture look familar to anyone??? Those pictures are after hours of removing paint from it. I still have to work on the handles alittle bit. Still some paint stuck in the crevices.
I posted this as a finished project, but this really isnt finished. Obivisouly I made a new lid for it and I can’t use the original buckle style hinges. Have to get some hinges and my husband is going to put a faucet in the bottom for a drain. I couldnt get the handles off either without really messing something up. Of course I want to use them. Just need to clean them up and paint them. I probably should have done that before the stain, but I wasnt sure how the two different woods were going to look after the stain. if I didnt like it I was going to paint the whole thing. The trunk is cedar, the legs and frame are just pine, common lumber from the hardware store. The inside is lined with sheet metal and I painted that years ago so I could have a clean finish when I was using this for storage. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I really don’t think I will use this that often as a cooler but I’m wondering how well the paint on the inside will hold up in ice and water. HMMM, maybe pool paint. I’ll have to check into that. I really like the rustic look but I’m thinking about painting Budweiser on the front, or a fishing scene since this is going to the cabin to sit on my porch. Then again, might just leave it as it is. I’m liking that idea more. Maybe some varnish. Of course I have a bottle opener to mount on it too. I’m just glad I found a new use for this old trunk. Thanks for looking.

-- Janice





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sras

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#1 posted 1374 days ago

This is looking good! I think these are fun projects – would like to do one myself someday. I would recommend a marine paint for the inside. Jamestown Distributors has a good selection. Maybe look for paints recommended for below the waterline.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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David Craig

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#2 posted 1374 days ago

Fun project Janice and am glad the ideas are flowing. Nice use of a family relic and gives that rustic charm to a night around a firepit. I second Steve’s comments about marine paint. Finishes applied to vessels should be able to handle the occasional cooler use.

Nice to see you out here,

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Abbott

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#3 posted 1374 days ago

Oh boy that’s neat!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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Bradford

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#4 posted 1374 days ago

Appears to be an ammo box for 50 cal. (my guess) but a great re-build and re-designation.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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grizzman

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#5 posted 1374 days ago

good looking job janice…that will look great on the front porch…just leave me a cold mountain dew in there would ya….......

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Moron

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#6 posted 1374 days ago

I use that new sprayable insulation, the two part kind where you need two bottles hooked up to one gun.

make a hollow form that surrounds the walls/inside….....fill void and remove form

water proof

very high R Value

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Bob Kollman

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#7 posted 1374 days ago

Great project…could have used that aT THE START OF SUMMER!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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degoose

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#8 posted 1374 days ago

Very “Cool”

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janice

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#9 posted 1374 days ago

Thanks everyone. But because there is no insulation in this, I’m not so sure how well it will keep ice. But it should work just fine in the cold months.
Steve, thanks for the advise on the marine paint. I knew they make it, don’t know why I didnt think of it first. Just thought of pool paint. This is why I posted it before it was finished, so I could get good advise from you guys.

-- Janice

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learnin2do

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#10 posted 1374 days ago

That is super cool! -I hate the way coolers are ugly and colors that don’t match inside or out. I wonder if you could build one to fit around one of those cheap styrofoam coolers.

-- christine

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janice

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#11 posted 1374 days ago

Thanks everyone. But because there is no insulation in this, I’m not so sure how well it will keep ice. But it should work just fine in the cold months.
Steve, thanks for the advise on the marine paint. I know they make it, don’t know why I didnt think of it first. Just thought of pool paint. This is why I posted it before it was finished.

-- Janice

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BarbS

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#12 posted 1374 days ago

That’s neat, Janice. I like the way you attached the legs to it to raise it up off the floor. And you’re adding a tap to the bottom. That’s going to be Great! Good job.

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tdv

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#13 posted 1374 days ago

I like that Janice It’ll be a great talking point a new piece with some history woven in. ( good to see you in the shop again)
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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rivergirl

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#14 posted 1374 days ago

Really interesting project. Christine, I was thinking the same thing about the plastic coolers. If you removed the handles and changed the spout to a longer one that protruded out through the wood casing, I don’t see why you couldn’t just build around it. However, I think Moron’s idea of the spay in insulation is a really good one. So I am thinking of a hybrid. Smash apart the old plastic cooler- salvage the plastic inside part- build the box- but leave 2 inches between the box and plastic liner- then spray in the insulation- add a wood finish strip all the way around the top inside to cover the insulation and liner. Then drill and add the drain sprout. I use a big basket (with fitted plastic liner) that sits on a wooden stand and has a wooden lid for a wine/beer bucket thing when I have indoor parties. This wooden ice chest would be a nice accent piece inside the house, and would be great for indoor/porch parties. I am wondering how I can do this with rustic logs? Definately an idea to try!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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rivergirl

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#15 posted 1374 days ago

Janice- what are the dimensions of your finished ice chest?

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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