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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 04-14-2017 03:13 PM 2139 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s another one of those patio coolers. I made this bugger with my favorite old cooler. It had the hinges busted off anyway. The whole thing was made to fit that cooler along with a dry storage bin on the right. Even rigged up a plumbing valve for the drain as most folks do.

The lumber is reclaimed oak barn wood, and some reclaimed ipe decking. Summer means time to watch the Cubs around my house. I couldn’t find a decal I liked so I made my own. Basically just printed several copies of their logo on my computer, then cut out strategic colors with a marking knife. Worked pretty well.

No fine joinery here. All lag bolts, screws and nails. With the furniture I build, it’s fun build something in a day for a change.

Hey Chicago wuddya say?

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer





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#1 posted 04-14-2017 03:17 PM

Looks good, how is the experience of working with experienced wood like that? Is it easier because the idea of “perfection” is already off the table? Or does it present it’s own challenges?

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#2 posted 04-14-2017 03:21 PM

Slick.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 04-14-2017 03:23 PM

I smell a 30 pack of Busch Light in your future.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 04-14-2017 03:30 PM

That is very cool!

-- I'm Chuck and I wood not chuck wood cause I keep finding uses for it!

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#5 posted 04-14-2017 03:30 PM

Nice one, Red.
Mine needs the Braves’ logo.
Let me know if you need my address.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#6 posted 04-14-2017 03:41 PM

Looks great. Except for that logo on the front, of course. :-)

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#7 posted 04-14-2017 05:39 PM

You did a nice job on this patio cooler and whenever you can use salvaged wood it’s a winning situation. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#8 posted 04-14-2017 06:02 PM


Looks great. Except for that logo on the front, of course. :-)

- JayT

Yeah, afraid you really screwed up there.
Technically proficient but not Texas Rangery enough.

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#9 posted 04-14-2017 06:37 PM

Nice addition to the backyard

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#10 posted 04-14-2017 06:44 PM

Nice cooler, I like all of the design.

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#11 posted 04-14-2017 07:37 PM



I smell a 30 pack of Busch Light in your future.

- chrisstef


That’s funny!!

Nice job Red

-- Putty

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#12 posted 04-14-2017 09:07 PM

That’s cool.

-- Mark

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#13 posted 04-14-2017 09:15 PM

Very cool and functional Red :) How did you attach the cooler lid to the wooden lid?

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#14 posted 04-14-2017 10:45 PM

Doesn’t that C stand for Cleveland… ???? hahaha….........just kiddin…. This is way cool. Nice job

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#15 posted 04-15-2017 05:04 AM



Looks good, how is the experience of working with experienced wood like that? Is it easier because the idea of “perfection” is already off the table? Or does it present it s own challenges?

- ShaneA

Ya, it’s just “good enough” carpentry. I’ve learned to lower my expectations on any woodworking project I’m going to put outside;-)


Very cool and functional Red :) How did you attach the cooler lid to the wooden lid?

- duckmilk

I just ran some screws into the plastic lid before the slats on the top of the lid. If you wanna make one of these Duck, just search “woodworking patio coolers” on youtube. Lots of good vids.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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