Rustic beverage cooler

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Project by Wendy Henrikson posted 02-14-2012 04:06 PM 3172 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This beverage cooler was made from juniper and barnwood.
The lid was created from old barnwood and the lid is wrapped with old metal. On the lid I handforged a metal handle and welded it to an old sickle tooth, I also added some lether and spurs.
After hollowing out the inside with a chainsaw I added a liner to keep ice and beverages.
To the outside of the cooler after sanding it down I added some old barbed wire and pounded out old metal to wrap the base of the cooler to match the lid.

-- Wendy, Oregon,

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#1 posted 02-14-2012 04:24 PM

Great project. I’ve had the concept for this in my head for a while, but the details hadn’t come to me yet. I love the details you put into this, and the mix of materials is great. Thanks for sharing, that is a very cool piece. Its pretty cool what can be created out of an old stump!

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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#2 posted 02-14-2012 05:03 PM

That is an awesome project to say the least. My favorite projects on LJs are ones that incorporate other materials besides wood. The details are extraordinary. I love the metal and leather work!

Could you explain the process in hollowing it out with the chainsaw?

Thanks for sharing!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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Will Mego

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#3 posted 02-14-2012 06:49 PM

this is so cool! I too would like more details on what sounds like the dangerous process of chainsaw hollowing.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#4 posted 02-15-2012 12:54 AM

That is such a cool idea. Very impressive.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood, only smaller projects.

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#5 posted 02-15-2012 03:35 AM

Great idea, I like it!

-- Even if we don't know how, we can still try.

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#6 posted 02-15-2012 12:45 PM

A cooler for beverages. I like it. Thats a work of art.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 02-15-2012 01:30 PM

Put that next to the saloon doors and you have a regular old west waterin’ hole! Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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Wendy Henrikson

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#8 posted 02-15-2012 01:40 PM

All I can say is be careful and go slow with the chainsaw…

-- Wendy, Oregon,

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