Patio / Deck Cooler Stand

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Project by MoreWoodPlease posted 07-11-2010 05:42 PM 825153 views 248 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This patio cooler stand is made from cedar decking. 62’ to be exact. It holds a 48 quart Igloo cooler. The top is hinged, and the cooler cover is mounted within the top. Bottle opener, and cap catcher complete the case. The cap catcher was made from some scrap tin I had, and assembled with rivets. Its lighter than it looks because of the cedar. This puts your cooler at a perfect height, and comes in handy for BBQ’s. I must admit, this is not my idea. I saw an ad for something similar, made of reclaimed pine, for $200 plus shipping!. I saw a slightly larger one online, made from composite decking, (I think), for $1500.00!!
This was a one day project, with very simple joinery. Biscuits, and pocket hole screws, then a can of spray on Thompson Water Seal.
The cooler, lumber, brass handle, brass piano hinge, screws, glue, water seal, bottle opener, scrap tin: all in for about $145.00.
After the BBQ, I had a half dozen orders for them.

Material list:
1×6 8’ Cedar decking from Big Orange 4pcs $38
1×6 10” Cedar decking 3pcs $36
Igloo cooler 48qt $30
Water seal $5
Handle $4
Lid support $6
Piano hinge $11
Bottle opener $5
Misc: glue, screws, biscuits, tin $10
One day to construct, one day to sand/finish

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#1 posted 07-11-2010 06:10 PM

That’s awesome. Would look great on my new deck.

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#2 posted 07-11-2010 07:05 PM

Brilliant. That’s going on the list of must haves.

Thanks for sharing

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#3 posted 07-11-2010 08:21 PM

Real cool I bought one from the store, not wood though. I really like yours good job!

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#4 posted 07-11-2010 09:47 PM

Really nice! Exactly what I’ve needed for our patio parties! Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 07-11-2010 10:19 PM

Nice work!

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#6 posted 07-12-2010 12:10 AM

That’s pretty cool, I’m going to favorite that and make one for myself sometime.

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#7 posted 07-12-2010 04:15 AM

Great cooler stand. I’ve thought about making something like this, now I know I’m going to. Good pictures too.
Thanks for posting,

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#8 posted 01-13-2012 04:15 AM

do you have plans for this? I love it! :0)

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#9 posted 01-16-2012 09:01 PM

I do have plans, in my head. I saw this in a catalog and said to myself, self, I can make that.
Very simple joinery, use your imagination. To be honest, it really depends on what size cooler you use.
Have fun!

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#10 posted 07-02-2012 05:01 PM

Could you give us the dimensions? And any tips you may have.

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#11 posted 07-08-2012 12:07 PM

I’ll do my best.
The cooler was an Igloo 48qt: 13 1/2 deep x 13 high x 24 wide, cut the handles off. I based the entire thing on these dimensions, therefore, it really depends on what cooler you use.

Anyway; 33” tall x 29” wide x 19” deep
legs 2 3/4” x 32×8pcs, each leg is a glue up of two of these, 45 angle with biscuits
Cover: 16 1/2” x 27”

This is mostly all I wrote down. Sorry.

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#12 posted 07-09-2012 04:56 AM

great job!! do you rememeber the height???

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#13 posted 07-09-2012 06:03 AM

And, how does it drain?? Thnx.

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#14 posted 07-09-2012 08:29 PM

How can I get one made for me?

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#15 posted 07-22-2012 07:56 PM

I am new to this so this may be a stuped question. How do I get the pattern for this cooler?

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