Patio Cooler With Wooden Hinges

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Project by HardCorps posted 05-17-2019 04:41 PM 1149 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this mostly out of Western Red Cedar. I picked out some darker pieces for the sides to contrast with the frame and legs. The miter splines and brackets for the bottle cap catcher are Black Walnut, and the hinges are Red Oak. The decorations are some wrought iron stuff my wife and I picked up at a local bazaar. I sprayed those with clear matte lacquer. The cooler came with a drain plug on the side, but I moved it to the bottom and plugged the original spot. There was about an inch or inch and a half clearance between the sides of the box and the cooler so I added some extra insulation. Gave it three coats of spar varnish to protect it from the Texas weather. The adjustable feet are kinda ugly, but they work pretty well, and that’s the main thing. Hope you like it. Thanks for looking.

-- Steve - Ft. Worth

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#1 posted 05-17-2019 05:14 PM

Wow, nice. Just in time for a cool one!

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#2 posted 05-17-2019 06:34 PM

You did a fantastic job on this cooler. The design is extremely unique and attractive. I like everything about it.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#3 posted 05-17-2019 11:24 PM

Now that is a cooler. The oak hinges will wear well, too. Beautiful job with the additions – I love it!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#4 posted 05-18-2019 03:47 AM

Great looking cooler. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#5 posted 05-18-2019 02:56 PM

Amaizing job! Fantastic details and elements.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 05-18-2019 03:40 PM

Great looking and very attractive Patio Cooler. Love all the detail.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 05-27-2019 02:30 AM

Very fun sir…

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#9 posted 05-28-2019 12:55 AM

This is one cool cooler GREAT JOB :<)))) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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