This step by step diy woodworking project is about rustic cooler plans. This detailed article features instructions and complete diagrams about building a beautiful rustic wooden cooler that is ideal for any outdoor party. This project has been designed for large two polystyrene cooler boxes, but you can adjust the dimensions to suit your needs.
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Projects made from these plans
Rustic Cooler Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 16″ long, 4 pieces – 49 1/2″ long POSTS
- B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 17 1/2″x49 1/2″ long BOTTOM
- C – 8 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 15 1/4″ long, 4 pieces – 12 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 46″ long TRIMS
- D – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 15″ long, 1 piece – 25 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 2×3 lumber – 22 1/2″ long, 6 piece of 1×3 lumber – 25 1/2″ long 2xLID
How to build a wooden cooler
The first step of the project is to build the box frame of the wooden cooler. Cut the components at the right dimensions and dril pocket holes at both ends of the 16″ long slats. Make sure the edges are flush, the corners square and insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock everything together tightly. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.
Cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood and attach it to the bottom of the box. Align the edges with attention and insert 1 1/4″ screws, after drilling pilot holes. Add glue to enhance the bond of the joints.
Continue the project by attaching the 1×3 trims to the exterior of the wooden box. Add glue, align the edges and secure the trims into place by inserting 1 1/4″ brad nails. Leave no gaps between the trims, to get a professional result.
Fit 1×3 trims to the front and back faces of the wooden cooler box. Add glue and insert finishing nails to lock everything together tightly.
Build the legs for the cooler box out of 2×6 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the horizontal components and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly. Add glue to enhance the bond of the structure.
Attach the legs to the back of the rustic cooler box. Drill pilot holes through the legs and insert 2″ screws into the plywood bottom. Add glue to the joints and make sure the legs are perfectly plumb.
Build the frame of the lid out of 2×2 lumber and 2×3 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 15″ long components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components.
Build the panels for the lids out of 1×3 slats. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats and secure them to the frame using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints.
Fit the lids to the top of the cooler box, as described in the diagram. Make sure the edges are flush and secure them into place using appropriate hinges. Install a bottle opener and handles.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the wooden garden cooler from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain.
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