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Cedar Laundry Tub Cooler Box

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Project by shopmania posted 04-16-2013 at 06:52 PM 2414 views 19 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cooler box I built around a laundry tub. I used blue styrofoam board from a big box store around the tub for insulation. The legs are made from cedar 4”x 4” s with 2×2” notches cut out of the inside, which saves a lot of weight. I used aromatic cedar 1/4” tongue and groove closet lining to wrap around the box, and regular big box store cedar 1×4’s for the trim and lid frame. I made cedar brackets for a 1 1/4” dowel to use as a handle. The other side has wheels that are only 1/4” off the ground, so when you tip the whole thing just a few degrees, it’s on wheels and can be rolled around easily. There is a ball valve on the bottom of the drain, so you can drain ice and water out instead of having to turn it upside down to empty it. A bottle cap remover and catch cup for the lids finishes it off, after several coats of sprayed shellac.

This is a late Christmas gift for my daughter and her fiance’, I hope it carries them through many back yard barbeques.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 04-16-2013 at 07:44 PM

Nice…..now let the party begin!!!!!!!!!!!!............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 04-16-2013 at 09:00 PM

Sweet, been thinking of trying to do something like that myself, and never considered a laundry tub. Great idea.

-- Tony, Colorado, tonybrews@comcast.net

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#3 posted 04-17-2013 at 02:18 AM

Very Nice Tim,
Your daughter & her fiance’, and all there friends are going to Love it.

-- Nick, Virginia, http://www.etsy.com/shop/NONICKSWOOD

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#4 posted 04-17-2013 at 03:19 AM

very cleaver ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#5 posted 04-17-2013 at 03:38 AM

That’s interesting, nice job on this should serve you well.

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

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#6 posted 04-17-2013 at 04:32 AM

Wow, way cool! (No pun intended) Very nice design, I like the way you incorporated the laundry tub and drain valve. Really neat.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 04-17-2013 at 05:24 AM

great cooler

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#8 posted 04-17-2013 at 06:11 AM

Very nice.

-- Janice

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#9 posted 04-17-2013 at 06:49 AM

creative use of materials, i like it.

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#10 posted 04-17-2013 at 08:23 AM

That is awesome.

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood

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#11 posted 04-17-2013 at 10:29 AM

Lots of good thoughtful details went into this one and I am proud to see a local guy getting into the daily top 3! Nice project Tim, well executed.

-- Tommy, ---- It's Never Crowded On the Extra Mile.

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#12 posted 04-17-2013 at 02:26 PM

Hey Tim,

I hope you had a chance to check it out to make sure it keeps the beer cold!

How’s everything in Myrtle Beach?

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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shopmania

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#13 posted 04-17-2013 at 06:45 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments, guys! I just realized that none of the pictures include the bottle top remover and stainless lid catcher. Guess I didn’t take one of those. I thought I would have a hard time finding the bottle top remover, but there is a website that specializes in them, and they have literally hundreds of options, including with your favorite beer brand, etc. You can also get a super strong magnet to catch the tops as they fall past, which is really cool. Anyway, I have to credit my brother in law Mitchell for the laundry tub idea. I was able to get one on clearance at Lowes b/c it only had 3 legs, which was fine since I wasn’t gonna use the legs anyway. That saved about $100. They usually ave a clearance rack at the back of the store against the back wall, defintely worth checking out.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#14 posted 04-18-2013 at 05:44 AM

clearance rack! every time I go to one of the big box stores, i check the clearance area. good stuff.

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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#15 posted 04-18-2013 at 11:50 AM

Brilliant use of different materials. The coolest build ever! Like most the ball valve for draining. Very lucky daughter and fiance’.

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