How to Build a Rustic Cooler — by Home Repair Tutor

How to Build a Rustic Cooler — by Home Repair Tutor
(who doesn’t love a rusting cooler, they’re sweet!!)

Wanna learn how to build a rustic cooler from FREE pallets?

I was able to do this with only one saw and a drill & impact driver. Hi Friend, this is Jeff from Home Repair Tutor and you’ll love this way awesome rustic cooler project. Primarily because it’s so darn easy.

You can expect to spend about a day and a half on this project but in the end you’ll have a great result.

It all starts with about 5-8 pallets. You can visit a local landscape supply company and ask them if they don’t mind parting with a few old pallets. Chances are high they’ll say yes and show you which ones to take.

Get the pallets home and either scrub or power wash them. This makes the wood look great and allows you to choose the slats that appear the best. I used the Dremel Ultra Saw to cut all the slats to size and assemble the rustic cooler frame.

Then I used a 50 qt Igloo cooler that was sitting my garage collecting dust. You’ll have to make a frame for the cooler lid and add some accessories (like a battle cap opener and brass drain). But I show you how to do all this in the video.

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Callihan Hopwood says:

I made it by myself thanks to woodprix plans. I think it's the best way to learn how to build.

Egor Lisitsa says:

I am pretty sure you can still buy handbook with all details you need on woodprix.

Eric Klingsten says:

Great video! As an "extra" I would think to stain it would really look great. Just my opinion. But, more work, of course. Sand, then stain.

Artem Lebedev says:

Great to see that… I made it too. Plans from woodprix helped me a lot 🙂

Trinity Too says:

I didn’t see any acknowledgement to Donald (FunWithWoodworking) for coming up with the original design.

Paul Schneider says:

Looks Great! You could also make the box larger and install some 2” styrofoam for extra insulation.

Adkins Mikkelsen says:

I was using woodprix instructions to make it and I did it already 🙂

CoryBrothers says:

turned out great man. cant wait to get started!

Allen Wilson says:

At the 6:46 mark that's actually a female adapter

Linda Beach says:

How did you plug up the inside of the cooler hole?.. When the faucet is in off position?.. Elaborate please for us first timers..thank you

Andree Markel says:

I made it by myself. I used woodprix woodworking plans for that.

Noe Calderon says:

Un muy buen proyecto Gracias por el tip amigo lo aré de seguro se mira asombroso

Jeffrey Laramore says:

Followed this video step by step. Except I traced the arc of the cooler on the top frame board and cut with jigsaw to add a more finished look when the lid is open. Other than that this video is great if you have limited tools. Easy and sturdy when finished.

islandrock78 says:

Nice job!! How do you may-sure your wood? Lol I’m from Brooklyn making fun of someone’s accent

Sherryl Keith says:

Stodoys plans help with such details.

Bruce Davis says:

stop saying slats !!! the powerwash is good thinking Brother

Callihan Hopwood says:

Instructions from the stodoys site perfect for beginners.

Indigo Dragon71 says:

Idea, use an old camper absorption refrigeration unit and use calcium carbide to generate a flame for the absorption refrigeration system. Place a bag of ice into the ice chest then the melting ice could then supply the water that drips onto the calcium carbide to generate the gas needed to cause the flame to operate the absorption refrigeration system for hours of cooling off one bag of ice. 😊

Nl Outdoorsmen says:

Measured not “maysured”. I cringed every time I heard it. Other than that awesome video and build. I’ll be making one over the winter for the summer.

Yousir Cantknow says:

Rafter Square? You mean Speed Square?

cristiano fortes fortes says:

Parabéns, muito boa  idéia !

Rafael Manuel Lopez Soto says:

Congratulations! Very well, your work is excellent, greetings from Valencia Venezuela.

undecidedlady79 says:

Great video! I've been binge watching your videos today. All tutorials are easy to follow. Keep up the good work! 😍

undecidedlady79 says:

I gotta get me one of those ultra saws! Great video!!.. I've been binge watching your videos today every tutorial is very easy to follow. thanks fore existing!😍

Oralia Villarreal says:

awesome you made it simple

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