DIY Cooler Box | Coolest Pallet Project For Your Backyard Parties

Nail the perfect weekend backyard party with this authentic rustic DIY cooler box that’ll keep your drinks in good shape!

How To Make A DIY Cooler Box

Your backyard party will be legendary as long as you’ve got great food and perfectly chilled drinks. The rustic theme of this DIY cooler is thanks to the use of pallets. Wood makes it look original and contributes to a more raw and relaxing feel. Just a couple of hours taken away from your weekend to make this cool DIY project will be totally worth it.

What You’ll Need:

Supplies: 

  • 5 to 8 Pallets
  • 50 Quart Cooler
  • Exterior Wood Screws
  • Titebond Wood Glue
  • Speedbor Drill Bit
  • Elevator Bolts
  • T-Nuts
  • Hinges
  • Hose Bibb
  • PVC Coupling
  • Handle
  • Bottle Cap Catcher
  • Beer

Tools:

  • Dremel Ultra Saw
  • Impact Driver or Drill
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Hammer
  • Pry Bar
  • Power Washer
  • Bottle Opener

How To Make A DIY Cooler Box:

Step 1: Prepare The Pallets

Power wash the top and bottom of the chosen pallets. Cleaning them thoroughly will make a huge difference in the appearance of the pallets. Cut the slats carefully. Remove nails and screws from the wood that might have been left there before. This will ensure your safety when you start working on building your pallet cooler.

Step 2: Remove All The Hardware From The Cooler

Remove the handles, latches, hinges, wheels (if your cooler has any) and the covering of the cooler. We’re basically undressing it so we may give it a new rustic armor.

Step 3: Create The Legs For The DIY Cooler Box

Measure the slats to make the legs for the cooler. Draw a mark and make the cut. Then, apply wood glue to the edges and put them together with screws.

Tip: Pre – drill before you place your screws to prevent splintering!

Step 4: Assemble The Sides

Place two legs on top of your cooler and measure their distance from each other. Cut the slats to the desired size. Lay down the legs on the ground and apply glue. Stick the slats in between. Pre – drill, and then screw.

 

Step 5: Attach The Slats For The Front And Back Portion

Place the two slats with one in the front and one on the side, then make a mark. Apply glue and attach the slats intended for the front. Of course, you pre – drill first and then screw. Attach the back and the front slats to the sides previously made. Keep doing it until you stack the slats on both the front and back of the cooler.

Step 6: Link The Shelves Together

Measure the distance between the two legs. Apply a generous amount of wood glue and place the slats over it. Pre – drill and screw the slats in the front and back. Measure the side slats. Glue it in place, pre – drill, and then screw. Cut the excess portion of the slats to get that clean finish.

Step 7: Build The Slats Around The Plastic Lid

Step 8: Securely Attach The Support

Turn the rustic cooler over and attach supports at the bottom.

Step 9: Put Elevator Bolts

Turn the rustic cooler over and attach supports at the bottom.

Elevator bolts are used in order to adjust the rustic cooler up or down. Dry fit the T – nut on all four legs. Drill holes through the bottom of the leg and pound the T – nut into place. Then lastly, screw the elevator bolts in.

Step 10: Add Hinges To The Lid

Measure and mark the location for the hinges in between the cover and the back portion of the cooler. Drill holes and screw to attach the hinges tightly to the pallets.

Step 11: Create A Hole For The Water Drain

This is for easy access when opening and closing the cooler.

Step 13: Place A Bottle Opener And A Bottle Cap Receptacle

These are helpful additions to your rustic cooler. Screwing them on the sides will be ideal.

Catch Jeff Patterson’s of Home Repair Tutor full video tutorial below of this awesome rustic cooler project:

These are helpful additions to your rustic cooler. Screwing them on the sides will be ideal.

Source: diyprojects.com/

 

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