Step 14: Add the Batten and the Drain Hole for the Cooler

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The batten adds strength to the spot where the spigot exits. Place the batten on the top edge of the frame, centered on the hole, and secure it by driving 1¼-inch deck screws from inside the box, one into each corner. Then put a 1-inch Forstner (or spade) bit in your drill. Center the bit over the hole you drilled in Step 13, and make a hole all the way through the side of the box, as shown.
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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