Reclaimed Bleacher Wood Cooler

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Project by WoodGal posted 06-23-2014 02:54 PM 3537 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to create several pieces for a community auction that was raising funds to go towards a new athletic facility at our local high school. The wood to be used was from old bleachers boards in the current gym which were installed in 1965. Needless to say these wonderful old douglas fir boards had served their purpose and were being ripped out after the end of the school year. The committee said I could create what I wanted with the boards and I instantly thought of an old fashioned cooler box that seems to be so popular on Pinterest right now. I started out with a 48 qt. cooler and built the bleacher board cabinet around it. If you’re interested, I posted a more detailed blog post on my website on how I created this project.

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#1 posted 06-23-2014 03:25 PM

That is just tooooo COOL
Great job on the design and reuse of lumber .
Needs a catcher for the bottle caps .

-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 06-23-2014 05:05 PM

Wow, that is perfect. I love the warmth and character of the fir. The numbers and holes really add to the overall charm of the piece, and the sign simply puts it over the top.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Greg In Maryland

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#3 posted 06-23-2014 10:55 PM


I really like you work, your website and your shop. Quite inspiring.


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#4 posted 06-24-2014 12:32 AM

That is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 06-24-2014 01:33 AM

Great job, love that vertical grain doug fir.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 06-24-2014 02:13 AM

Thank you all very much for your kind words. Isn’t it amazing the projects you build for charity are the ones you enjoy building the most?!! The fundraising committee asked me to “just build something fun and unique” and I had a blast with this project. I’m happy to say it went to the highest bidder for $1,750….not too bad for a bunch of old bleacher boards!!

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#7 posted 06-24-2014 05:11 AM


That’s quite a contribution for the athletic facility. Now convince them to do something similar to fund a project that would actually help the kids get work after graduating . . . a wood shop program like this!


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 07-01-2014 05:49 PM

Outstanding job. I love it!! I wondered what the numbers were until I read the project. That is such a cool use of the wood. I have used old wine crates to make things and kept the lettering on the outside too.

Great project and good price you go for it!!.

Our guild built a potting shed one time for auction for Habitat for Humanity but they raffled it off. It got more than any one at auction!!

You’re right. It makes you feel so good to build something that is for charity!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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