Cedar Patio Cooler #1: birth of the idea....

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Blog entry by gridlockd posted 02-11-2012 03:43 AM 4375 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I thought I’d explain how this project came about, and I have been taking pictures of the progress as it happens, so hopefully you’ll enjoy the blog.

The cooler idea came to mind while I was at work one day. My wife had asked me to get her a big box so she could pack up some of the kids old clothes to donate. so I was walking down the hall and saw this huge cardboard box outside one of the offices. I asked the office clerk if i could have it and she said she was going to throw it away anyway. turns out it has a massive foam “cooler” in it. they use these big foam cooler boxes for shipping medicines and injections and whatever else is needed to be kept cold in the medical industry.

so i thought it would make a really nice roll around cooler for a deck or patio. I measured the inside and it is the equivalent of a 78 qt cooler. the sides are -/+ 2 inches thick as well as the bottom and removable top. I decided to surround the outside with some t&g cedar that a good friend had given me. these first pics show the very beginning of the cedar surround, part two will show the next steps:

here you can see the lid in the background. the corners presented a bit of a challenge. since the foam wasn’t perfect angles, had to play with the miters a bit to get the right degree cut for every corner.

more to come!

-- Gridlockd

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