Cooler, Natural Rustic look 4 my Pops

1st I want to say, the part thats uncovered on the middle will be covered but Im letting pops customize that spot with a picture or whatever he chooses.

My dad made most everything I have ever had in life including the house I live in. So I wanted to make him something this dad's day that he could really use and enjoy. He just built a hang out place in his back yard that I call "his fort" Since he's in his 60's now and a little more mellow, he has a lot of little parties with friends, family, basically anyone who wants to come hang out in his back yard. lol. (He claims to have made the fort a covered stage for my 12 year old and his band. But I know the truth. hehe. it's his fort :) ) So I thought this cooler stand would come in handy. He saw me working on it a few days before fathers day and told me he was afraid I was gonna make his something girly. hehe. He's such a man's man. I love my pops and am soooo happy he likes my gift. Its already in use in the fort. hehe

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$50 bucks or so but I had the cooler and hinges
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Type of Wood
Pine and cedar
Finish Used
I used Minwax Weathered Oak. You can't really tell in the pictures because at that time it had only 1 coat and the pine needed 2 coats to really even tell its there. But it turned out really nice, my dad's a mountain man so he loves rustic-y things. After stain I sprayed it with Minwax Poly (I can't remember the full name sorry) its the one in a spray can. Satin finish so you cant see any gloss
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Lasso the Moon

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 10:51

I love this! What a great gift for your dad's fort.
He sounds like a cool guy. Thanks for sharing!


Sun, 07/07/2013 - 00:27

Thank you, I'm just returning some of his hand made hard work. Thank you for the best father day idea ever. I'm sure I would have made him some girly thing if I hadn't come across your cooler plans. hehe. He is so happy with it and its held up, even with regular use and his heavy hand. :P it's the only thing keeping things cool in his fort and he brags to all of his friends about how his daughter made it for him.
Thanks again!

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