Rough Sawn Wood Patio Cooler

By Robert Robillard on Remodeling, Weekend warrior

Once the glue is dried I slipped the top sill over the cooler top and secured it to the framing with DAP DynaGrip adhesive and finish screws.

Note: This cooler does not have side handles and the sides of the top sill lend itself to an intuitive handle, so I installed a few screws through the top sill and into the upper frame at this location. Keep the screws in close to the cooler so the top lid hides them.

Build the Lid Cover

I then installed the Coleman plastic lid onto the cooler and measured the exposed sides. Ripping four boards to that side and fastening them together with finish nails gave me a skit that would hide the sides of the lid. I secured this to the Coleman lid by fastening screws from inside the lid and into the wood. Take care to use the correct length fastener, and not over penetrate the wood.

I finished the top of the Coleman lid by ripping a 12” rough sawn board into two even boards to completely cover the skirt trim I created. I used the Festool Dominos and glued this lid together and then attached the lid to the sides with DAP DynaGrip adhesive and finish nails.

One all this is complete secure the cooler to the upper fame with screws. I placed some DAP DynaGrip adhesive on the Coleman lid top and placed it into the wood casing. I then used 4-6 screws, from the outside of the rough sawn wood into the upper cooler lid.

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