Rustic coolers

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Project by Dave Carlisle posted 05-18-2014 04:19 AM 4837 views 23 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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These coolers are selling like hotcakes. I guess because they are rather unique. And they are fairly easy to make. I have sold about 40 in the last year and have 20 more on order…...

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#1 posted 05-18-2014 07:10 AM

Damn, Dave! Great job! What’s the profit margin on those babies? Do you feel like it’s worth your time to make 20 more?


-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#2 posted 05-18-2014 01:55 PM

It’s a unique Idea and has lots of eye appeal, well done ,congrats on a successful product.
It looks like you have built these around a plastic cooler?


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#3 posted 05-18-2014 02:14 PM

Awesome work I need to make one of these for my patio. Any tips or help with the plans would be great. My email is [email protected]…. Great job and hope they sales keep on going!!!!! Thx in advance for any help.

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

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#4 posted 05-18-2014 02:18 PM

These have a lot of character and are nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 05-18-2014 09:44 PM

Hey Dave – I too would like to know your profit margin on these if you don’t mind. I have built and sold around 10 of them myself. I think I am going overkill on the details though. Due to them being an outdoor item, I have been only using stainless steel hinges and handles. They are pricey and eat into the profit margin but I am not confident regular rubbed bronze or similar style hinges and handles wont rust…

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#6 posted 05-19-2014 12:26 AM

Looks awesome. Thinking about making one for Father’s Day.

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#7 posted 05-21-2014 06:07 PM

Dave those look awesome ! My wife has been asking me to make one. Can you let me know the materials you used please. I was thinking I would make it out of cedar.

As well, do you have any plans that you could forward on/


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#8 posted 05-25-2014 03:35 PM

I was also interested in pricing and profit margin, if you don’t mind sharing your trade secrets. By the way, they look awesome.

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