Illustration: Gregory Nemec


SATURDAY Build the box (Steps 1–5).
SUNDAY Build the legs and lid, and assemble the pieces (Steps 6–17)

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1x4 frame front and back: two @ 29½ inches

1x4 frame sides: two @ 17¾ inches

1x4 stiles: two @ 29½

1x4 rails: two @ 12¼ inches

1x4 slats: four @ 24 inches (two slats ripped to 2 inches)

1x4 frame front and back: two @ 29 ½ inches

1x4 frame sides: two @ 17¾ inches

1x4 bottom: four @ 28 inches

1x4 slats: twenty-two @ 13

1x4 corner boards: eight @ 10 inches

1x4 long cap piece: two @ 29 ½ inches (ripped to 1 ½ inches)

1x4 short cap piece: two @ 16¼ inches (ripped to 1 ½ inches)

1x4 batten: one @ 10 inches

1x4 feet and brackets: eight @ 19¼ inches

1x4 legs: four @ 7 inches

1x4 foot pads: four @ 5 inches
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • bar clamps
      Long and short bar clamps
    • drill
    • 1/8-inch bit with combination countersink
      -inch combination countersink bit
    • straight edge
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • router
      Router with a ¾-inch straight bit
    • multi-bit screwdriver
    • 1/8-inch twist bit
      -inch twist bit
    • spade bit
      1-inch Forstner (or spade) bit
    • adjustable wrench
      two adjustable wrenches

    Shopping List

    1×4 cedar Get eleven 10-footers.

    Igloo Ice Blue MaxCold 50 cooler with threaded drain plug. Go to

    1½-, 1¼-, and 2-inch deck screws

    -inch brass or stainless-steel screws for the lid slats

    ½-inch brass spigot

    ½-by-3-inch brass nipple

    ½-inch brass double female connector

    29-inch brass or stainless-steel continuous hinge

    Brass or stainless-steel gate handle

    24-inch brass or stainless-steel sash chain

    Wall-mount bottle opener

    Teflon tape

    Double-sided foam tape