Cajun Cooler- First Project Post

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Project by Jeffreaux2 posted 06-18-2013 06:12 AM 2704 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a project here that used a utility sink for the cooler tub and was inspired to build a pair for my son and I. This was his first Father’s Day! I used treated pine for the internal frame. The legs are 6/4 cypress. The lids frame and the mating frame on the cabinet is Spanish cedar. The board and battens are cypress fence boards that was planed to smooth. The tub is insulated by glueing and wiring styrofoam wall board to them. The 1 1/2” drain is reduced to 3/4 and a 1/4 turn valve installed. Final touches are: rope and PVC handles, a bottle opener, and a handle for the lid. All finished in Thompsons Water Seal in a honey hue.

This was a fun project, and my son was thrilled with the gift!

The images are from an iPhone. I have no idea why they are rotated. My apologies.

-- Regards, Jeff

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#1 posted 06-18-2013 06:24 AM

Looks very useful. Must do one for me too

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#2 posted 06-18-2013 08:05 AM

Well done , enjoy!

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

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#3 posted 06-18-2013 09:50 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks

They look great

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 06-18-2013 11:52 AM

This is a great idea for our summers in the South! Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 06-18-2013 12:21 PM

Way to go! Well done, Enjoy

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#6 posted 06-18-2013 01:33 PM

Very cool use for the utility sink and nice build, sure you and your son will enjoy them… Thanks for sharing…

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#7 posted 06-18-2013 07:18 PM

That’s really neat.

I use a couple coolers as cigar humidors. This kind of thing makes me think I might not be stuck with them looking like homegrown sin.

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#8 posted 06-18-2013 10:32 PM

Looks Great.

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#9 posted 07-06-2013 02:26 AM

Thank you all for the kind remarks!

-- Regards, Jeff

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