Bottoms Up!
The Home Handyman|January / February 2022
"Is there anything better than a nice cold drink in the summer? This handy garden drinks cooler will help!"
By Dave Parker

I wanted something which could keep our drinks cold during our family braais without taking up the space in the fridge, which was needed for the food! Having seen a cooler box on wheels I thought it would be great to make something similar and I saw loads of great examples on Pinterest and Google.

Tools and materials

• A big pile of pallet wood

• 'Some' 2,4m lengths of 90mm x 38mm timber

• Clear outdoor varnish

• Paint

• Assorted screws and nails

• Threaded inserts

• Heavy duty castor wheels

• Hinges, handle, bottle opener, towel hanger

• Mitre/chop saw

• Drill/Screwdriver Kreg Pocket hold jig

• Sander Tape Measure and pencil

• Paintbrushes

• And of course, a cooler box

Step-by-step guide

Step 1: My first job was to find a suitable cooler box. As this only needed to keep drinks cold for a few hours I didn't need a brand expensive cooler box, this one only cost about R200 brand new.

I planned to build the cooler box lid into a hinged lid so I needed to remove the hinges and handles from the cooler box. Once removed I filled in the holes with some clear silicone.

Step 2: The next step was to build the four legs. I wanted these to be quite sturdy so I joined two pieces of 90mm x 38mm timber together with pocket screws and glue. Then it was time to make a frame to hold the cooler box and then add the legs.

I used the cooler box to guide me on the dimensions. Once the top and bottom frames were assembled, I attached the legs and gave the whole frame a quick sanding and a few coats of outdoor paint.

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