Build a rustic wood Ice Chest out of scrap cedar boards.

Rustic Cedar Ice Chest

About 3 months ago I tore down an old cedar fence alongside my house and replaced all the boards with new ones. I had the old cedar boards stacked by the house so I could use them for project later. Took me awhile to think of something, but this is what I came up with.


First I found material for building the frame. Here I used 2"x2" doug fir and I cut them to these lengths.

4 @ 32"
6 @ 18"

I then pre-drilled and screwed them together using 3 inch screws so that the dimensions of the frame was 32"x 21". Notice I added a couple extra supports on the bottom to support the weight of the ice and beer.


Next, using my chop saw, I cut the old fencing to 18 inches. This would give me my depth. I then pre-drilled and screwed them to the frame using 1 1/4" exterior screws. I also added 1/8" plywood to the bottom of the inside for added strength.


For the legs I simply took four fence boards and ripped them down the middle, screwed them together on edge, and then secured them to the chest. IMPORTANT: Make sure to leave them long so that you can cut them level at your desired height later!


To insulate it, I used 1 1/2" foam. Cut to fit and sealed the seams with silicone to prevent leaking. I also added foam to the lid to completely seal the box.


Its pretty important, at least it is too me, to add a drain spout to the outside. The last thing I wanted to do was fills this puppy full of ice only to have to tip it over to get the water out after the ice melts. So I added this nifty little drain.


Final product. Thats pretty much How I built it. Hope this was helpful. Post any comments or suggestions you have below. Cheers!