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Project by svenbecca posted 11-02-2019 01:41 AM 2126 views 12 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not much of a story. My daughter wanted a rustic wedding and a watering trough as a drink cooler. I can’t just throw a metal tub on the ground and call it a day, so…

I had a bunch of cut-off 2X4s laying around and got to work. The only “new” purchase was the trough and the hinges. I attached the tub to the base using metal roofing screws to keep it water tight and finished with a couple of coats of cedar deck stain/water proofing.

By the time the reception was over, I had this one sold and had orders for a few more. Yes, the spigot is a working drain. It holds 8 full cases of soda and fifteen 10 pound bags of ice.

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.





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#1 posted 11-02-2019 03:05 AM

Sharp looking cooler. Great job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#2 posted 11-02-2019 05:16 AM

That base is a piece of work. You could build bridges.

Awesome way to reinvent the washtub cooler, nice post.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 11-02-2019 07:34 AM

Really nice!
Those bends on the base seems to be quite sharp and of quite thick stock.
How did you make the bend?

-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin

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#4 posted 11-02-2019 10:52 AM

Redneck ? should read HIGH TECH redneck, no doubt one of the neatest and interesting builds going

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 11-02-2019 12:20 PM

Somebody call Yeti ! Great idea, lots of people would like that. Nice job.

-- Petey

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#6 posted 11-02-2019 02:03 PM

Very clever and unique.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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ohwoodeye

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#7 posted 11-02-2019 02:04 PM

Very clever and unique. That base is amazing. I too am curious how you constructed the curve.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#8 posted 11-02-2019 06:16 PM



Very clever and unique. That base is amazing. I too am curious how you constructed the curve.
Well done.

- ohwoodeye


I like it well and am also curious about the curved pieces—HOW were they done?

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#9 posted 11-02-2019 07:54 PM

Laminated 2X4s and cut them on the bandsaw, then sanded on the belt sander.

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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#10 posted 11-03-2019 12:50 AM

Pretty cool!!!

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 11-03-2019 01:08 AM

Awesome project!!! Very unique

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#12 posted 11-03-2019 02:33 PM

I have the exact same tub in the yard, all crusty and weathered. Cool adaptation, looks really great!

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#13 posted 11-03-2019 05:55 PM

How heavy did it end up being?

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#14 posted 11-03-2019 06:44 PM

Great piece!!!
Fantastic work and nice design.
Jon

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#15 posted 11-06-2019 12:57 PM

I love it , Thx for sharing I have to do one now. AMAZING. Thx

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

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