|Project by MikeM||posted 02-16-2013 11:42 PM||2195 views||12 times favorited||10 comments|
This cooler was a fun project to build, and a challenge. The cooler is about 20” x 15” or so, (I don’t have the actual deminsions in front of me). Its made from rough cut cedar, has a foam and galvanized aluminum insert, cast iron hardware and a danish oil and waterseal finish. I made this for a christmas gift for my in-lays. they tend to entertain fairly often and thought they they might like something rustic to go with their house. I saw the idea at a store in Cloud Croft, New Mexico when I was in that area on business and thought this would be fairly inexpensive and easy to build. I was wrong in the end I probably had close to $140 dollars worth of material and several hours of work into it. I had never worked with sheet metal before and did not have a brake to bend the metal and had to make a makeshift one. (Thanks Dad for helping me with that). It worked actually really well and I was very pleased with the results. Working with the rough cut cedar was also a challenge, I’m used to jointing and surface planning all my stock perfectly flat and square on all four sides but with this project I wanted to keep that rough look on the outside. I used wider boards and ripped them lenght wise to remove any cuping, jointed the sides and glued up larger panels trying to match the grain. the biggest challenge was purchasing the cedar. for some reason, the few lumber suppliers I have in my area didn’t have any cedar in stock. I ended up having to purchase the wood from a home center and that affected my price and selection. Anyway, like I stated before, this was a fun project and I’m hoping to do a few more in the future.
Let all things be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:40
-- -Mike, Florida Panhandle