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Project by MT_Stringer posted 10-25-2012 09:26 PM 6428 views 34 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Can I get a Hell Yeah?

Finished it just in time to deliver. I made this cooler for my step daughters boyfriend. He was wanting one for his birthday so she came to me for help.

As you can see, his favorite team is the TEXANS!!!! And his favorite beer is Bud Light.

I used a 70 qt Igloo Max Cold, which just so happens to have a drain that accepts a water hose. So I cobbled up a connection to a faucet using a half inch pipe fitting with a 5/8 hose barb that matched the hose repair fitting/barb I found at HD. A very short piece of 5/8 tubing completed the drain. Just open the valve to drain water from the cooler.

I used cedar pickets planed down to semi smooth and some 3/4 inch cedar planks to make the main part of the frame.

The support frame is reclaimed pallet boards. :-)

The Texans logo is hard maple and my wife cut the pieces out on the band saw, painted them and I attached them using screws. I turned out pretty nice. It was fun having her out in the shop working with me. After a few minutes of practice, she cut the pieces out…and then we sanded . :-)

I used 7 inch wheels and a 1/2 inch rod for the axle. A couple of handles and a pair of hinges completes the hardware trim.

The best part is that no blood was shed in the building of this project.

Hope you like it.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 10-25-2012 10:22 PM

Hell yeah. Looks awesome. Great job mike.

-- Ben in Houston

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#2 posted 10-25-2012 11:11 PM

Great job. Looks like they even have something to
Cheer for.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 10-26-2012 02:31 AM

Dangit, why does everyone keep making these lol! I want to make one soooo bad.

Great Job

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page

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#4 posted 10-26-2012 11:11 AM

Looks good!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#5 posted 10-26-2012 11:12 AM

The cooler is too nice for Bud Lite…But I guess the best beer is COLD beer.

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#6 posted 10-26-2012 11:16 AM

Great job except for the team LOL , really I’m sure he loves it really nice…..

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

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#7 posted 10-26-2012 12:50 PM

Those bottle openers are available on ebay with different brands. :-) You can pick your fav.
I bought the Bud Light opener and catch can from these folks.

Friends and co-workers are liking the cooler also. Might have some orders for indoor woodworking when it gets a little cooler outside – no stainnig or spraying required. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#8 posted 10-26-2012 02:01 PM

Hell Yea!! GO TEXANS!!

-- Jacob, Houston, TX

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#9 posted 10-26-2012 03:16 PM

Awesome!! Go Texans!!

-- Darrol - Kingwood, TX

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#10 posted 10-26-2012 03:40 PM

Go Texans!

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#11 posted 10-26-2012 03:45 PM

heck ya!!!! now I know what to do with a cart we have on our patio! Great job…love it…especially drain! I wonder how hard it would be to rig it with a Pony Keg and some electrical? Either way its a great gift…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 11-05-2012 02:40 AM

And now for an update…sold six so far. Christmas is coming and the Texans are 7-1.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#13 posted 04-29-2013 02:25 AM

Another update…I built cooler number 9 identical to the one pictured above and donated it to a fundraiser live auction for a friend of the family. He was involved in a serious ATV accident which resulted in several broken ribs and facial reconstruction surgeries. In fact, he is still in the hospital but doing somewhat better. His recovery is going to be a long one.

His friends and associates organized a fundraiser that was held this past Saturday. Lots of folks turned out for BBQ, music, and lots of auction items.

My cooler was one of the favorite items up for auction. A fellow woodworker from another forum authorized me to bid a max of $300 just to make sure no one walked off with a “garage sale find” price! Well, I never got to bid for him. The bidding started at $300 and quickly escalated to 6-7-800 before I could blink. Final selling price was $1000.00! That made me a very happy guy. If I can figure out how to upload video, I will link to it. I recorded the whole thing.

I am feeling pretty good right about now.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#14 posted 07-02-2015 08:14 AM

I want one

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#15 posted 09-17-2015 07:58 PM

Very nice!! How can I order one?

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