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How to make a cooler from a pallet

Make a Cooler From a Pallet

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Get your pallet(s).

Get your pallet(s).

Take off the boards. Disassembling the pallet can be a pain.  Have patience.

Take off the boards. Disassembling the pallet can be a pain. Have patience.

You can also use a saw to help disassemble the pallet.  Here I cut one up to make a base frame for the cooler/stand.

You can also use a saw to help disassemble the pallet. Here I cut one up to make a base frame for the cooler/stand.

Start building the frame.  Here a used some scrap 2x4s and 4x4s I had laying around the house from previous projects.  My ultimate goal was a rustic look - nothing fancy.

Start building the frame. Here a used some scrap 2x4s and 4x4s I had laying around the house from previous projects. My ultimate goal was a rustic look - nothing fancy.

I have no intention of painting or staining this. I want rustic. The darker the boards the better. You decide the dimensions based on the size of the cooler or how many you use. I used 2 coolers.

Remove the lids from the plastic cooler and attach to wood lids

Remove the lids from the plastic cooler and attach to wood lids

Attach handles and accessories as you desire. I plan on adding a few more dark boards to cover lighter ones and complete the rustic image.

  • Wooden pallet. 1 to 3 should do.
  • Cooler. Size and quantity you decide.
  • Misc lumber, screws, nails
  • Hinges
  • Your imagination