Wooden Ice Cooler

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Project by NickyP posted 09-25-2013 12:45 AM 12042 views 32 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 09-25-2013 01:35 AM

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 09-25-2013 02:39 AM

That is awesome!

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#3 posted 09-25-2013 03:54 AM

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 Hawaii,

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#4 posted 09-25-2013 03:58 AM

Great job

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#5 posted 09-25-2013 05:30 AM

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

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

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#6 posted 09-25-2013 08:47 AM

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 09-25-2013 08:58 AM

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 09-25-2013 01:12 PM

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

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#9 posted 09-25-2013 03:48 PM

Great job. Great handiwork. Nice attention to detail.

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

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#10 posted 09-25-2013 06:23 PM

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 09-25-2013 09:14 PM

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

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#12 posted 09-25-2013 10:49 PM

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 09-26-2013 10:04 AM

Man I really like these. Great work

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

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#14 posted 09-26-2013 01:19 PM

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

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#15 posted 09-27-2013 02:44 AM

Great job really like the design.

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

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