Wooden Ice Chest Plans - A Joining of the Old and New

Wooden ice chests or coolers can be made from recycled pallets, as a couple of the plans below use, or cedar that will age nicely with time. These coolers generally have a rustic appearance, but could also be made with nice wood for a great heirloom.




Vintage Ice Chest
Here is an old vintage ice chest. Most of the wooden ice chest plans are styled in this basic shape with the 4 legs.

Most of these plans use wood to build around a styrofoam or plastic ice chest. That makes the ice chest easy to insulate. The result is a rustic, aged-looking ice chest with the safe modern convenience of a purchased cooler - a combination of antique and modern.

If you will be using a styrofoam cooler, a 2" thick one should do the trick.

Blue Styrofoam Ice Chest

The blue styrofoam is better to use for this project because it is denser than the white, making it easier to cut without falling apart.

If you do use a white styrofoam chest, use a hot knife to cut it to eliminate rough edges and the messy beads. Also try to find a very square cooler. The squarer your cooler is, the easier the ice chest will be to build around it.


An ice chest project will take a good weekend to build, about 10 to 20 hours. And if pallet wood is used so there is no cost for the wood, then the cooler and other necessary accessories should cost under $50.

How to Build a Wooden Ice Chest

Any of the free plans below can be adjusted to fix either a styrofoam or plastic cooler. The lid of your cooler will need to be removed, as will any handles.

Basically, the plans will walk you through cutting the wood so it will fit your purchased cooler. Sand the wood and enclose the chest.

Most plans allow for a drain which would be a very good idea. They range from attaching a rubber hose to the drain to using a sink drain with a rubber stopper on a chain.

Then the top of the cooler is attached to the wooden lid. Adding hinges completes the assembly and it's ready to stain or at least waterproof if it doesn't need staining.

Wooden Ice Chest Plans


Wooden Ice Chest Plans

This rustic ice chest is built out of used wooden pallets, has four legs and supports a 48 quart plastic cooler.

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Cedar Cooler Plans


Cedar Cooler Plans

This project is for an attractive ice chest made out of cedar wood that holds a Styrofoam cooler plus has a place to hang an ice scoop and bottle opener on the outside.

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Party Time Chest


Party Time Chest

Using recycled lumber and some iron decor, you can create this cooler box that is designed to hold a plastic cooler filled with ice and drinks.

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Strong and Sturdy Wooden Chest


Strong and Sturdy Wooden Chest

Choose cedar, redwood or pine to create a wooden chest that can hold a plastic or styrofoam cooler.

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Wood Ice Chest Plans


Wood Ice Chest Plans

Build this artsy ice chest that has a side shelf, attached bottle opener and a spout to drain off water. Box is made out of basic lumber and holds a plastic cooler.

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Build a Wood Ice Chest


Build a Wood Ice Chest

Wood pulled from a scrap pile was used to built this good looking ice chest that houses a plastic cooler and has a side shelf, mounted bottle opener and drain.

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Outdoor Table with Ice Cooler


Outdoor Table with Ice Cooler

This bar counter doubles in size to accommodate games or casual dining.

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Wooden Ice Chest Plans


Wooden Ice Chest Plans

This attractive ice chest is designed to hold a 10.5 gallon galvanized tub that measures 26 3/4 inches long, 15 inches wide and 9 inches high.

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Cool Cooler


Cool Cooler

Re-purpose a whiskey barrel by cutting it in half then adding legs, ice and a table top.

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Re-Purposed Ice Chest


Re-Purposed Ice Chest

Here is a video project to help you turn a simple ice chest into wooden cooler on legs.

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Wooden Ice Chest Plans


Wooden Ice Chest Plans

Follow this step by step plan for a cool ice chest with prep area and attached bottle opener.

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Pallet Perfection


Pallet Perfection

Turn an old wooden pallet into a tall ice chest filled with your favorite beverages.

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Rustic Ice Chest Plans


Rustic Ice Chest Plans

Get the party started with an ice chest built from wooden pallets plus a plastic ice chest.

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The Pirate Chest


The Pirate Chest

Build an ice chest that looks like a pirate chest featuring skull and bones on the lid.

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Coffin Ice Chest Plans


Coffin Ice Chest Plans

Shaped like a coffin this scary cooler is perfect for a Halloween themed party.

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Build an Ice Chest


Build an Ice Chest

This portable wooden ice chest offers a side prep area and a lower shelf for storage.

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Outdoor Grilling


Outdoor Grilling

Build a grilling prep table with a built-in cooler plus towel holder and storage shelf.

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Cold Refreshments


Cold Refreshments

Keep cold drinks handy this summer by building an all wood cooler using this detailed project.

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Classic Cooler Plans


Classic Cooler Plans

This handsome beverage chiller is built from cedar wood and designed to last a life time.

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Re-Purposed Fridge


Re-Purposed Fridge

Here are plans for turning an old refrigerator into a strong and sturdy wooden cooler.

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Ice-Box Table


Ice-Box Table

Keep cold drinks close at hand by building an outdoor table with 2 built-in ice chests.

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Super Size It


Super Size It

Build a wooden cooler large enough to hold five cases of beverage for a large outdoor party.

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Re-purposed Cabinet


Re-purposed Cabinet

This plan takes an old sewing machine cabinet and turns it into an attractive ice chest.

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Mini Fridge Cooler


Mini Fridge Cooler

This cooler on wheels in built using an old mini fridge, re-purposed wood and bottle caps.

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Ice Cooler Tutorial


Ice Cooler Tutorial

Use this simple step by step project and create a handsome wooden cooler with prep area.

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Pallet Project


Pallet Project

Save time and money using old wooden pallets to build a rustic cooler for patio or deck.

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Another Pallet Cooler


Another Pallet Cooler

Build this cooler in just a few hours by using re-purposed wooden pallets.

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