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Project by CodeNameDarkBlue posted 07-25-2012 04:33 PM 6465 views 32 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my project for July. This was a gift to my father on his 60th birthday. I saw a friend that had a wooden cooler. It inspired me. After countless hours looking at coolers online (some from LJ) I decided on this design.

I used cedar 4X4’s for the legs. I routed out a 2X2 on each post. I used pocket screw joinery to fix the cedar 2X4’s and 2X6’s for the frame. I used joist hangers and 2X4’s to support the cooler underneath. Those are attached to the 2X6. I used 1X6 cedar tounge and groove siding for the sides and lid for the cooler. I finished the cooler with Olympic Waterguard clear sealant.

This is my first project of this magnitude. Usually I do little things like shelves or scroll saw projects.

-- Adam - teaching history, coaching football, and crafting some of the finest saw dust around....





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 07-25-2012 04:49 PM

Great work! Should serve you well for a long time!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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cgrooms

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#2 posted 07-25-2012 04:55 PM

Very nice! I’ve been thinking about building one of these for our back patio. I really like this design. What type of cooler did you use?

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#3 posted 07-25-2012 05:09 PM

This is really nice – and a great idea. I would love to have one of these for my office and one for my shop and one for the back yard and one for . . .

This is so much nicer to look at than a beat up plastic cooler and just as convenient. I am sure your dad will be thrilled.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#4 posted 07-25-2012 05:12 PM

Great Job on your first large project!

-- Robert, Mississippi, http://www.lunberjocks.com

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CodeNameDarkBlue

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#5 posted 07-25-2012 05:15 PM

Thanks for the compliments everyone! I appreciate the feedback!

cgrooms – I used an old Coleman steelbelted 80qt cooler my dad had at the house. The cooler saw better days thats for sure!

-- Adam - teaching history, coaching football, and crafting some of the finest saw dust around....

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BinghamtonEd

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#6 posted 07-25-2012 05:26 PM

Love the bottle opener add-on.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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Skylark53

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#7 posted 07-25-2012 05:44 PM

Classy look. Nice job!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 07-25-2012 06:17 PM

Great job. I did one on a smaller scale. But I’ll have to try this. Very solid construction.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 07-25-2012 06:22 PM

Love it…. Nice Job.

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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Ethan Harris

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#10 posted 07-25-2012 06:31 PM

I think this is pretty dang awesome!

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at http://www.spudwoodworks.com & also follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/Ethan_Woodworks

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SawDustNeophyte

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#11 posted 07-25-2012 06:59 PM

Very nice work. I just finished one out of left over pressure treated lumber earlier this month for a 4th of July party. No pics yet as my son is going to wood burn some artwork on it. I’ll post it when complete.

-- So many tools, so little money. *heavy sigh*

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Daris

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#12 posted 07-25-2012 08:17 PM

Really nice job. How did you attach the top of the cooler to the wood lid?

-- Daris, Indianapolis, http://www.woodlogger.com

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CodeNameDarkBlue

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#13 posted 07-25-2012 09:00 PM

Daris,

I attached the lid with two stanley gate hinges. Picture six was recently added to show oneof the hinges.

-- Adam - teaching history, coaching football, and crafting some of the finest saw dust around....

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Mcasady

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#14 posted 07-25-2012 10:52 PM

Looks great! I have been thinking about building a cooler like this. Did you buy plans or make your own?
Enjoy!

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#15 posted 07-25-2012 11:07 PM

Well, you picked a great project and did a wonderful job with it. I am sure dad was very pleased

-- Norman

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