A cooler for Christmas "wrapped" in cedar

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Project by CodeNameDarkBlue posted 477 days ago 1837 views 10 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Merry Christmas!

I decided to get my brother a cooler for Christmas. I didn’t have any wrapping paper. So I did what any logical LJ would do. I wrapped it in cedar and doug fir. I used doug fir as the corners with a 2×2 section ripped out. The rest of the frame is made from cedar 2×4. I used pocket hole joinery to join the frame. The siding is T&G cedar siding. I finished the frame with Olympic deck stain canyon brown. The siding is finished with Olympic deck sealer clear. The hardware is oil rubbed bronze hinges and handle. This cooler build went rather quickly and was very fun!

I appreciate any feedback! Thanks for looking

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

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#1 posted 477 days ago

Ya know it’s tradition to put money in a gift wallet. so I assume that the cooler is well stocked?
You did a great job on the build, looks really ‘cool’ from over here.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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#2 posted 477 days ago

That’s way cool what a unique idea.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 477 days ago

Great job. Great looking.

-- 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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#4 posted 477 days ago

Great idea and great design. I’ll have to put that on my to-do list.

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#5 posted 477 days ago

Very creative! It should make a great conversation piece around the BBQ next summer! Nice Job!

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

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#6 posted 476 days ago

I think that you did a wonderful job on a couple of levels. Woodworking, cold beverage holding, functional gift. I salute you sir. Ron Swanson would approve. <-(my highest man compliment )

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#7 posted 476 days ago

I like this a LOT. Very nice lines. When I saw it though, I thought you made a drawer above the ice for smaller items that might get lost in the ice with the rest of the beer. Still very cool though.

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

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