Ice Chest Made of Old Swingset Cedar For Charity Auction

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Project by BerBer5985 posted 634 days ago 3772 views 17 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to build one of these for a while and we had an old cedar swing set that we had recently taken down in the back yard, so I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to build one. I milled all the lumber down and used pocket screws to join everything up. The top is attached to the lid with 5 minute epoxy and it seems to hold well. All of the cedar panels were ship lapped and then run through the router table with a v-groove bit. All in all, I was happy with the way it turned out. It was finished with Flood cwf UV-5. It’s going towards Crohns and Colitis. Hope you enjoy!

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#1 posted 634 days ago

That is very nicely done. I’ve had one of these on my to do-list for years. I even have the 100 qt Coleman cooler sitting in the back room. So many items and never enough shop time. GRRR!


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#2 posted 634 days ago

Well done

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 634 days ago

Cool idea. And to think I could have used my cedar box to hold cold beer instead of garden hoseā€¦ maybe I should do an alterationā€¦. ?

Nicely done repurposing the old swing set…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 634 days ago

Awesome! I’ve been wanting to build one of these things for quite some time now.

Is that a Shiner Bock on the bench in the first pic? Good choice, if it is!

-- Jason K

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#5 posted 634 days ago

That looks great. Congrats on a good use of the materials.

I have gathered up my parts and should start building one just like yours this week. I even have the same drain faucet. I ordered the bottle opener and catch can off ebay with Bud Light Logo. Everything is ready to go but I have to finish my current project. I will be using a 70 qt Igloo cooler.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 633 days ago

Came out nicely, and for a good cause. Good job.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 633 days ago

Good luck with the auction! I’m sure you’ll fetch a good price on that fine cooler.

-- Better looking at it than for it....

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#8 posted 633 days ago

nice build

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#9 posted 623 days ago

Thanks for sharing your build. I finished one today and posted the pics a little while ago. Your project gave me inspiration.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#10 posted 585 days ago

Now THAT is how to class up a beer chest! Very cool!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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