I’m back into my first custom order since I finished the sandwich boards. It feels great to be building new things again.  However, they liked the sandwich boards so much, Murphy’s Group put in an order for 7 more! I’m pretty happy about it actually because I love building things and the fact that they want more says a lot, too!!

This build was a lot of fun! My buddy, Dave, sent me a YouTube video of a fella named Pete building this awesome cooler and asked if I could build it. Of course I would! I watched the video and built it. I am definitely not trying to take any fame away from Pete. He did a great job building it and his directions were super easy to follow. But for something not overly big, it was more expensive to build than I anticipated. Go figure! I really need to learn how to use Excel so I can have a list of all the prices for individual materials and I just plug in how many I’ll need for each project and it will generate the cost for me. Who wants to help me?? I’ll take 5% off a custom build.  So basically you are just paying for material lol.

 

Lets get into the build.

 

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1. Go out and buy a cooler.
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2. Take the hinges off the cooler.
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3. I thought you need to cut the hinges off. Turns out you just need to turn them counter clockwise. Make sure you focus during this part.
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3. Take the handles off. You will need to cut the rest off.
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4. Sand them flush
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5. Take the drain out. It screws out.
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6.  Measured the height you want the legs. These were 31.5 inches.
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7. Put up a stop block on your saw and cut. This makes sure all the legs are cut the same length.  Nobody wants a wiggly leg.
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8. Attach the legs using pocket hole screws.
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9. Fire some glue down first and attach the two legs.
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10. Measure the perimeter of the cooler and cut boards accordingly.
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11. Put some glue on the ends and attach to the perimeter wood.
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12. Like so.
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13. Take a picture of yourself and build the bottom brace.
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14. Attach the top braces for the cooler top. This gives it a better look.
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15. Cut a bunch of boards and attach them to the sides. I used a brad nailer, using 1 1/4 nails.
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16. Got it?
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17. Now you have to make a lid for the top. Measure the thickness of the cooler top and build a frame.
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18. Wrap the cooler top in wood.
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19. I wanted to hide the corners so I made a case around the cooler lid. This step makes it look nicer. My buddy, Gator, suggested this.
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20. Next, I found out where the cooler drain needed to go and drilled a 1/2 inch hole
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21. I picked up some threaded pipe and threaded it into the existing part of the cooler.
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22. Cool right!
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23. Insert it into the cooler
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24. Pretend you are closing a longneck Pepsi bottle and it’s in.
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25. Swear when you see a little tear-out. Mother f@cker.
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26. Attach the bottom shelf. Use a little spacer to make sure everything is level.
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27. Screw them into the legs
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28. Attach boards to the top of the shelf.
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29. Put some nice outdoor sealer on this bad boy. I put two coats on.
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30. You are finished. Crack a cold one and relax.
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31. Once you finish that one, crack open another cold one and relax.  *Repeat as many times as you like. I won’t judge.

 

 

There you have it. Quick and dirty! I think this turned out really nice. It’s a simple, fun build and who wouldn’t use one? I also attached a bottle opener,  lid handles, castors and a drain. I forgot to take pictures of this part but I’m sure you all get it.

Thanks for tuning in!

 

 

 

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