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Project by Fridgecritter posted 06-21-2013 03:15 PM 1852 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw something similar to this at a retail big-box store, and decided I didn’t want to pay the 225 bucks for it. I ordered a 28 dollar, 58 quart Coleman cooler from Amazon (free shipping) and went to work making a chest around it. I decided to use oak for this because I have a whole bunch of inch and a half strips with an ugly milled side and a nice side, all 3/4 inch thick.

I ripped some of the stock to get rid of the milled portion, leaving me without about a half inch by 1.5 inch stock of oak. I used that to cover the ends of the strips in some places.

I shaved off the handles with my Dremel, and the hinges actually had screws in them, so they came out rather easily. I bought all of the brass hardware from the home improvement store, and it ended up costing me about 15 dollars. So for 43 dollars, and a few beers I made my own. The cooler is floating, but the tolerances are such that the lid fits nicely every time even after removing the cooler and putting it back in. I designed it so you can reach under the side and get to the drain on the cooler easily.

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Tomoose

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#1 posted 06-21-2013 03:56 PM

Good looking project. Some shots of the underside or without the cooler in it would be nice to see how the cooler fits in there. I think I need to make one of these for the deck.

thanks for posting.

Tom

-- cut it twice and it's still too short...

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Wiscobuilder

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#2 posted 06-21-2013 04:15 PM

That is the first one I have seen in Oak. Looks real nice, maybe too nice for outside. Well done.

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Fridgecritter

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#3 posted 06-21-2013 04:29 PM

Tomoose the underside is four 1.5 inch wide slats like the ones used on the cooler, spaced about 4 inches apart, so if there is any spillage it goes onto the ground and doesn’t build up in the chest. This one is sold already, but I will post a shot of it without the cooler in it, and if anyone is interested in the measurements I can post those here too.

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Fridgecritter

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#4 posted 06-21-2013 04:31 PM

Also, I treated this with butcherblock conditioner that includes mineral oil and wax.

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shampeon

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#5 posted 06-21-2013 06:31 PM

Nice. Add a bolt-on bottle-opener to the side and you’ve got yourself everything you need.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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Fridgecritter

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#6 posted 06-21-2013 06:31 PM

Funny you should mention that… I just ordered 6 of them for future builds.

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MT_Stringer

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#7 posted 06-21-2013 08:19 PM

Nice job.
Where is your custom drain?

You can stop that floating if you use a can of spray foam insulation. Once it sets, the cooler will be stuck in place.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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tinnman65

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#8 posted 06-21-2013 08:37 PM

What a great idea and you can always build something so much nicer than what you buy at a big box store plus its cheaper and you have fun making it. Nice job!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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Fridgecritter

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#9 posted 06-21-2013 09:17 PM

I wanted to keep it floating so you can lift it out and clean it better, and the drain is the stock drain that’s still on the cooler. It’s on the side, and you can reach it by reaching underneath the cooler with two fingers and pulling it out.

I like the foam insulation idea though. I may have to put a cool looking brass drain spout on future versions, and put that foam in there. Thanks for the idea. People can clean the thing while it’s in there anyhow.

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shinndog

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#10 posted 06-25-2013 02:54 AM

fridgecritter where do you get the bottle openers to mount on chest? thanks Harold

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Fridgecritter

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#11 posted 06-25-2013 03:00 AM

@shinndog:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0017S171K

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