|Project by Fridgecritter||posted 06-21-2013 03:15 PM||2115 views||5 times favorited||11 comments|
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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