Cedar ice chest / cooler box

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Project by Fun With Woodworking posted 05-25-2013 05:25 AM 14888 views 11 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife found a picture of a wood ice chest box on Facebook and once she showed it to me I knew that I had to make one. I wanted to make something that would be easy, relatively cheap and very rustic so I went with cedar fence pickets. They are 5/8” thick by 5 1/2” wide by 6 feet long. I was able to make this entire project out of 7 pickets. The pickets were $2.05 each, the hinges were $2.17 each, the handle for the front was $2.97, and the Styrofoam ice chest was $2.99. Those materials came out to $24.65 not including tax. I also used 56 one inch screws, a bunch of 1 1/2” brads in my nail gun and some Titebond glue so I would estimate the cost of this project to be right around $30.00. It might be a little bit more if I decide to put a coat of finish on it. I am very happy with the outcome and plan on making more. You can see details of the entire build here :

-- Donald LeBlanc -

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#1 posted 05-25-2013 01:41 PM

Nice build, I’ve been wanting to make one of these. Yours turned out great and the price is right.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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#2 posted 05-25-2013 08:10 PM

Thanks Kevin!

-- Donald LeBlanc -

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#3 posted 05-29-2013 02:48 PM

That came out really good looking and well made. Great wood choice, gives a rustic look. Good job!

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