Step 5: Install the Cap for the Box

Photo: Kolin Smith
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Lay a long cap piece on top of the slats and corner boards on one side of the box. Drill countersinks and pilot holes through the face of the cap piece and into the tops of the slats and corner boards. Secure it with 1½-inch deck screws. Install the other long cap piece, then install the two short ones between the long ones.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • bar clamps
      Long and short bar clamps
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • 1/8-inch bit with combination countersink
      -inch combination countersink bit
    • straight edge
      Straightedge
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • router
      Router with a ¾-inch straight bit
    • multi-bit screwdriver
      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 igloo-store.com

    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