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Project by rbowie posted 690 days ago 3819 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Basic ice chest out of fence grade cedar.

-- Richard, Calgary





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Lifesaver2000

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#1 posted 690 days ago

That is an interesting idea for a project. Can you provide some details about the liner and insulation?

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bondogaposis

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#2 posted 690 days ago

Really nice project! I’m interested in the construction details too. Do you have a way to drain it? How is it lined?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Vii

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#3 posted 690 days ago

Ditto on both the comments, I’d love to make this for my inlaws

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rbowie

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#4 posted 689 days ago

I used 1.5” rigid foam insulation to line the cooler, spot glued with PL Premium. Then I used furnace ductwork sheet metal cut to size. I sealed all seams with outdoor grade silicon. I definitely developed a healthy respect for tin bashers, that’s for sure! I’ll stick with wood!

For a drain, i used 3/4” pvc at one end which 90’s to a tap underneath. Nothing fancy and it seems to work just fine.

I haven’t put any finish on it yet but I imagine a once-a-year oil treatment will be in order.

For the next one I build (as I now have a few orders), I will forego the metal work and take the dimensions to a sheet metal fab shop for them to cut and bend the pieces.

Total cedar used was 2 2×4’s and 7 1×6x5’ fence boards.

-- Richard, Calgary

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DocSavage45

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#5 posted 689 days ago

Richard,

Nice! I built some planter boxes years ago with similar design. Yours is nicer! LOL! It also makes sense for a deck as cedar can only gain character over time?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Lifesaver2000

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#6 posted 689 days ago

That is very interesting Richard. I can sympathize with you about the metal work. When you have all the right tools it can be pretty fast and easy (I worked a little while in a metal fab shop many years ago, and he had all the cool toys) but trying to do it with improvised tools can take forever.

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Helkat

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#7 posted 689 days ago

Very cool project! That would go great on my deck this summer….

-- Nat, UPstate NY, http://www.cordlessimpactdriverhq.com/

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nomercadies

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#8 posted 687 days ago

I really like that. I wonder if, seeing my talents are nowhere near yours, if I could just build around a commercial cooler and make it look like I knew what I was doing … not sure how to do the top, but the inside should look like a … cooler. I don’t know. How would I fake the top?

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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rbowie

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#9 posted 687 days ago

I’ve seen other versions where people have used coolers. They just mount the lid of the cooler on the underside of the lid. I would think it would work just fine.

-- Richard, Calgary

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nomercadies

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#10 posted 686 days ago

Yours is much classier, just maybe beyond my talents. I think yours would be a centerpiece for a patio gathering. I know it would be great alongside an all afternoon horseshoe tournament.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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