How to Make a Patio Cooler Ice Chest

Learn how to construct a DIY Patio Cooler Cedar Ice Chest with DIYPETE. He’ll present you the entire steps wanted to construct your individual cedar ice chest.

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– Legs are 33 1/2 inches.
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*Tools Needed
Kreg Jig –
Power Drill –
Orbital Sander –
Table Saw –
Nail Gun –

*Supplies Needed
Wood Glue –
Box of two 1/2 inch Kreg Screws –
Box of 1 1/4 inch nails –
4 inch Riser, 1/2 inch threaded Piping, 1/2 inch coupler, Red knob spigot/valve
2 1/2 inch or 2 inch locking caster wheels
52 Quart Igloo Contour Cooler (I discovered mine at Target for $29.00)
2 Hinges
3 Handles

Start making your cuts for the legs of your cedar ice chest. I’d suggest utilizing a miter noticed. Remove {hardware} from the cooler.

Assemble the legs. I used a Kreg Jig to drill 4 pocket holes in a single board for every leg. Then join utilizing wooden glue and a pair of 1/2 inch Kreg screws. Assemble the body for the cooler out of two×4 boards. Connect every 2×4 with 2 1/2 inch screws. You could make it as cosy as you’d like. I left about a half inch of play on both sides to make it straightforward to take away the cooler if wanted. Use the cooler as a template or measure the cooler to decide how lengthy to lower these boards.

Attach the 4 corners to the highest body. Use 2 1/2 inch wooden screws and put about 4 for every nook. Drill a pilot gap earlier than placing the screws in so the wooden doesn’t break up. Add the apron. Rip fence boards on a desk noticed after which glue and nail them to the highest as proven within the picture. This will create about a half inch overhang on both sides. I lower the apron to 3 1/2 inches extensive.

Create the cooler support out of two×4’s
Place the body the other way up on a flat floor and slide the cooler in place. Next, put the support on the base of the cooler and fasten to the legs utilizing screws and pocket holes. If you don’t have a kreg jig, you can pre-drill after which run screws in at an angle.

Add fence pickets round all sides to cover the cooler. I began by attaching a board in the midst of the sections after which moved to the left and proper. Use as many full width fence boards as you may. Rip the outer boards on a desk noticed to get a excellent match. I’d suggest spacing the boards roughly 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch from one another. Add trim horizontally on both sides. Rip fence boards into 2 inch strips after which glue and nail the trim in place.

Place the cooler within the body after which mark the place the opening will undergo the facet of the wooden encompass. Then drill a small gap by means of the wooden from the within. Next, use a bigger bit or gap noticed from the surface to end the total sized gap. This is the place the piping will undergo.

Determine the peak and width of your cooler lid. Mine was a little lower than 2 inches excessive and so I ripped a couple 2×4 boards to make them 2 inches tall. Then place the boards across the perimeter and lower to measurement. The lid must be cosy with the wooden. Attach the plastic cooler lid to the wooden utilizing 2 inch screws. Pre-drill after which put within the screw. Make certain the outer a part of the lid is flush with the wooden. The interior half will protrude from the wooden as a result of it’s what’s going to enable the cooler to keep in place when the lid goes down. The interior portion will seal the cooler.

Cut 4 fence boards down to measurement and rip them every to the identical width on the desk noticed. Leave about an 1/8 of an inch between every. Use glue and an air nailer to preserve them in place.

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Bozeman, Montana 59715

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