Cedar Laundry Tub Cooler Box

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Project by shopmania posted 04-17-2013 01:52 AM 4652 views 20 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cooler box I built around a laundry tub. I used blue styrofoam board from a big box store around the tub for insulation. The legs are made from cedar 4”x 4” s with 2×2” notches cut out of the inside, which saves a lot of weight. I used aromatic cedar 1/4” tongue and groove closet lining to wrap around the box, and regular big box store cedar 1×4’s for the trim and lid frame. I made cedar brackets for a 1 1/4” dowel to use as a handle. The other side has wheels that are only 1/4” off the ground, so when you tip the whole thing just a few degrees, it’s on wheels and can be rolled around easily. There is a ball valve on the bottom of the drain, so you can drain ice and water out instead of having to turn it upside down to empty it. A bottle cap remover and catch cup for the lids finishes it off, after several coats of sprayed shellac.

This is a late Christmas gift for my daughter and her fiance’, I hope it carries them through many back yard barbeques.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#1 posted 04-17-2013 02:44 AM

Nice… let the party begin!!!!!!!!!!!!............Jim

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#2 posted 04-17-2013 04:00 AM

Sweet, been thinking of trying to do something like that myself, and never considered a laundry tub. Great idea.

-- Tony, Colorado, [email protected]

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#3 posted 04-17-2013 09:18 AM

Very Nice Tim,
Your daughter & her fiance’, and all there friends are going to Love it.

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#4 posted 04-17-2013 10:19 AM

very cleaver ,

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#5 posted 04-17-2013 10:38 AM

That’s interesting, nice job on this should serve you well.

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

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#6 posted 04-17-2013 11:32 AM

Wow, way cool! (No pun intended) Very nice design, I like the way you incorporated the laundry tub and drain valve. Really neat.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 04-17-2013 12:24 PM

great cooler

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#8 posted 04-17-2013 01:11 PM

Very nice.

-- Janice

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#9 posted 04-17-2013 01:49 PM

creative use of materials, i like it.

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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#10 posted 04-17-2013 03:23 PM

That is awesome.

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#11 posted 04-17-2013 05:29 PM

Lots of good thoughtful details went into this one and I am proud to see a local guy getting into the daily top 3! Nice project Tim, well executed.

-- Tommy, ---- It's Never Crowded On the Extra Mile.

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#12 posted 04-17-2013 09:26 PM

Hey Tim,

I hope you had a chance to check it out to make sure it keeps the beer cold!

How’s everything in Myrtle Beach?

-- John @

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#13 posted 04-18-2013 01:45 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments, guys! I just realized that none of the pictures include the bottle top remover and stainless lid catcher. Guess I didn’t take one of those. I thought I would have a hard time finding the bottle top remover, but there is a website that specializes in them, and they have literally hundreds of options, including with your favorite beer brand, etc. You can also get a super strong magnet to catch the tops as they fall past, which is really cool. Anyway, I have to credit my brother in law Mitchell for the laundry tub idea. I was able to get one on clearance at Lowes b/c it only had 3 legs, which was fine since I wasn’t gonna use the legs anyway. That saved about $100. They usually ave a clearance rack at the back of the store against the back wall, defintely worth checking out.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#14 posted 04-18-2013 12:44 PM

clearance rack! every time I go to one of the big box stores, i check the clearance area. good stuff.

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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#15 posted 04-18-2013 06:50 PM

Brilliant use of different materials. The coolest build ever! Like most the ball valve for draining. Very lucky daughter and fiance’.

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