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Project by Scott Shea posted 02-01-2014 07:15 PM 3378 views 26 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m an avid fan of woodworking shows on Youtube. One day while I noticed a link for “funwithwoodworking” for his “Project - How to make a rustic cedar ice chest / cooler box!” and I was impressed with his design and the simplicity of it all.
I used 11 cedar pickets at $2.25 a piece. I think mine were shorter than the ones he used, because I had initially only purchased the 8 he specified. I decided to leave them raw and unfinished. I used the lengths mentioned in the video, however, I decided to not use the 5-1/4” dimensions specified in the video, and instead I left the pickets at 5-1/2” long instead. It really wasn’t intended to have the high tolerances needed to fit the Igloo cooler he used, so I made it easier on myself and left that 1/4” on the boards. I used a scrap piece of Douglas Fir for the lip around the top panel for rigidity, and to avoid running to the big box store an extra time.
All cuts were made on my band saw.
Instead of using a pre-made cooler, I decided to truly make this all original. I used 1” pink insulating foam from the big box store and bought a roll of 14”x25’ of aluminum flange material for roofing, and wrapped the foam in it on one side. Before attaching the foam sides to the picket, I sprayed the inside of the box with the spray-rubber”Flex Seal” coating to aid with any leaks that might happen. Then It was a matter of epoxying that to the sides of the cooler and sealing it up with some silicone caulk. I used a 4” length of threaded copper pipe, which I trimmed down to fit the inside edge, and screwed that directly into the 1/2” spigot, and just epoxied all of that into the hole. I strayed from his plans a few times, for example, I made the bottom extra beer/soda holder a different size than he did. Due to this design, I wanted a fully enclosed bottom the the icebox, so I did not want any gaps with the wood as he has done. Everything else was pretty much directly off of his PDF file that he posted.
I applied a coat of water seal on it to finish it up. I’m really happy with how this came out and the only bad part about it is people are now asking if I can build them one! I’m thrilled with how the icebox portion of it came out, however, if I were to do it all over again, it would be much faster and about $20 cheaper to just buy the prescribed cooler that is in the video.
The finishing touch was the Moxie bottle cap. Being from northern New England, this is a staple/classic soda that if you have never tried Moxie before, I will forewarn you that it is an acquired taste!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!





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Scott Shea

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#1 posted 02-01-2014 07:20 PM

The plans are available here at Donald’s website: http://funwithwoodworkingtoo.blogspot.com/p/downloads.html

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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clieb91

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#2 posted 02-02-2014 12:37 AM

Scott, It looks great. Like that you did the ice chest yourself really lends to the design, the bottle cap is a nice touch. I am a huge fan of classic soda, have to say I will agree with you about the taste of Moxie I have tried it a few time sand still not completely a fan of it.
Thanks for links I am going to check them out.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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DocSavage45

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#3 posted 02-02-2014 02:41 AM

Hope it works out. Remember to charge for everything that is involved Time, materials, and overhead costs. Then add your mark up.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Scott Shea

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#4 posted 02-02-2014 03:02 AM

Thanks Clieb91! I wasn’t a fan of Moxie until I was an adult, and one of the treats I get is introducing it to people who have never heard of it. I have learned to not just give an entire can or bottle of it to someone new, just to see it be dumped or otherwise wasted!

Doc, I have no intentions of building, let alone selling, any of the coolers that my family and friends that have asked for, but I sincerely appreciate the sound advice with regard to pricing these. The folks and friends that have asked know that my time is at a premium, and I truly have little time now to woodwork, so I think it was more of a polite way to compliment me!
That being said, since it’s neighbors and family, I’d build them one at cost if they bought all the material to be neighborly. In fact, I would likely work side-by-side with them building it to get them into the hobby, specifically so they will buy a planer and jointer so I can borrow/use it!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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Steve

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#5 posted 02-02-2014 04:22 AM

Wow that looks great! I love working with fence boards because they are so accessible and inexpensive. The aluminum looks much better than the cooler would. Excellent work!

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA - http://www.TheCarmichaelWorkshop.com

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Scott Shea

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#6 posted 02-02-2014 06:36 AM

Thank you for your kind words Steve! I sure look up to you and your work and I look forward to your videos! Thanks a lot!
I think I’ll try a few more projects with pickets. Aside from pallet wood, this is the cheapest wood out there. The voids and defects seem to add a lot of character.

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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Knothead62

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#7 posted 02-03-2014 01:46 AM

Man, lots of thought and planning went into this project. How do you drain it?

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Scott Shea

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#8 posted 02-03-2014 03:27 AM

Knothead, I have a 1/2” pipe at the bottom that drains it all out via a 1/2” spigot.

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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