A cooler for Christmas "wrapped" in cedar

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Project by CodeNameDarkBlue posted 12-25-2012 05:16 PM 3518 views 11 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 12-25-2012 05:25 PM

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. ... Surprise Az.

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#2 posted 12-25-2012 05:31 PM

That’s way cool what a unique idea.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 12-25-2012 07:04 PM

Great job. Great looking.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-25-2012 09:20 PM

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 12-26-2012 01:04 AM

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 12-26-2012 12:44 PM

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 12-26-2012 10:05 PM

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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