LumberJocks

Cedar Ice Chest

  • Advertise with us
Project by rbowie posted 05-30-2012 09:46 PM 4875 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Basic ice chest out of fence grade cedar.

-- Richard, Calgary





10 comments so far

View Lifesaver2000's profile

Lifesaver2000

517 posts in 1779 days


#1 posted 05-31-2012 01:48 AM

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

View bondogaposis's profile

bondogaposis

2545 posts in 1018 days


#2 posted 05-31-2012 03:54 AM

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

View Vii's profile

Vii

25 posts in 1250 days


#3 posted 05-31-2012 04:56 AM

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

View rbowie's profile

rbowie

5 posts in 855 days


#4 posted 05-31-2012 03:10 PM

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

View DocSavage45's profile

DocSavage45

5045 posts in 1509 days


#5 posted 05-31-2012 05:27 PM

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

View Lifesaver2000's profile

Lifesaver2000

517 posts in 1779 days


#6 posted 05-31-2012 07:43 PM

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.

View Helkat's profile

Helkat

74 posts in 962 days


#7 posted 06-01-2012 04:57 AM

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

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

View nomercadies's profile

nomercadies

512 posts in 1005 days


#8 posted 06-03-2012 01:28 AM

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"

View rbowie's profile

rbowie

5 posts in 855 days


#9 posted 06-03-2012 07:13 AM

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

View nomercadies's profile

nomercadies

512 posts in 1005 days


#10 posted 06-03-2012 03:30 PM

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"

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase