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Cedar ice chest / cooler box

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Project by truckrun posted 328 days ago 3603 views 10 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife found a picture of a wood ice chest box on Facebook and once she showed it to me I knew that I had to make one. I wanted to make something that would be easy, relatively cheap and very rustic so I went with cedar fence pickets. They are 5/8” thick by 5 1/2” wide by 6 feet long. I was able to make this entire project out of 7 pickets. The pickets were $2.05 each, the hinges were $2.17 each, the handle for the front was $2.97, and the Styrofoam ice chest was $2.99. Those materials came out to $24.65 not including tax. I also used 56 one inch screws, a bunch of 1 1/2” brads in my nail gun and some Titebond glue so I would estimate the cost of this project to be right around $30.00. It might be a little bit more if I decide to put a coat of finish on it. I am very happy with the outcome and plan on making more. You can see details of the entire build here :

http://funwithwoodworkingtoo.blogspot.com/2013/05/how-to-make-cedar-ice-chestcooler-box.html

-- Donald LeBlanc - www.funwithwoodworking.com





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Kevin

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#1 posted 327 days ago

Nice build, I’ve been wanting to make one of these. Yours turned out great and the price is right.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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truckrun

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#2 posted 327 days ago

Thanks Kevin!

-- Donald LeBlanc - www.funwithwoodworking.com

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#3 posted 323 days ago

That came out really good looking and well made. Great wood choice, gives a rustic look. Good job!

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