Rough Sawn Wood Patio Cooler

By Robert Robillard on Remodeling, Weekend warrior

Attach the Lid to the Top Sill

With the new wood covered lid in place, on the back of the cooler, I measured in equal distance and marked my hinges on the lid and top sill. Using a sharp chisel I recessed the hinges on the top sill only. I then installed the hinges and also reinstalled the lid strap that came with the cooler. This strap keeps the lid from flopping over and will now protect the brass hinges.

Attach the Legs

I used 1×4 rough sawn boards for the legs in order to avoid having cut edges. I attached the two legs together with three 2” screws and then mounted them to the cooer case, using the Dap Adhesive and butting up tight to the top sill. Once in place I fastened them with eight 2-1/2” screws into the top and bottom frames.

Attach the hardware

For the lid handle I deviated from the normal handle look and instead opted for an old tarnished brash sash lock. To make the look sit properly I used the Festool Domino cuter to cut a slot for the lock. To open the lid, you simply lift up the lock and pull.

I also mounted a YETI bottle opener, I chose the YUETI opener because its cool looking – you pick what you like,

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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