Wooden Ice Cooler

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Project by NickyP posted 309 days ago 3024 views 30 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was inspired by an earlier project I recently saw on Lumberjocks. Project was made with a 2X2 skeleton then wrapped with ceder fence slats. I kept this totally rustic with no finish to weather naturally. The third picture shows a good shot of the lid that I planned down smooth and flat to double as a table next to the BBQ. I put 3 coats of spar varnish on the top only and the bottom of the feet to prevent wicking water. The sign, bottle opener, faucet, and hardware came out to about $30, wood was $25, and I already had the cooler.

-- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#1 posted 309 days ago

Very nice! Love the sign, nice touch!

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

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#2 posted 309 days ago

That is awesome!

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#3 posted 309 days ago

Nice looking cooler… I love the idea of making it high enough to act as a table next to your bar b q. Where did you find the sign and bottle opener?

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#4 posted 309 days ago

Great job

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#5 posted 309 days ago

Great looking design and build. This is on my bucket, er cooler list….....................

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 309 days ago

Thanks Hawaiilad – The sign & bottle opener were bought online off of Amazon.

-- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#7 posted 309 days ago

Nice! Now you just have to wait for the summer to be able to use it!

-- Oisko aika oppia uutta? Go ahead and learn some Finnish at

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#8 posted 308 days ago

I love this!!!! It is the coolest cooler!

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#9 posted 308 days ago

Great job. Great handiwork. Nice attention to detail.

-- Fingers are a poor substitute for a push stick.

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#10 posted 308 days ago

Very nice. I too have dreams of making one some day.
Mine will have some sort of catcher box for the caps as they fall off the bottles. Of course it will have to be removeable so it can be emptied every so often.
The sign and a very nice touch.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#11 posted 308 days ago

This is WAY cool!
Is the faucet plumbed thru the cooler so you can drain it?

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#12 posted 308 days ago

Thanks joein10asee, I’m happy you like this project. And yes . . . the faucet is plumbed though the cooler for draining.

-- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#13 posted 308 days ago

Man I really like these. Great work

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

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#14 posted 307 days ago

That is cool. I will have to put this on my future to build list.

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#15 posted 307 days ago

Great job really like the design.

-- I have to remember this is a hobby..

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