Build an awesome treasure chest cooler!

Treasure Chest Cooler

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Now here’s a cool project to bring a little more fun in providing drinks at gatherings – turn your chest cooler into a pirate treasure chest!

Treasure Chest Cooler

It’s great for kids’ parties, Halloween and Christmas parties, and all other sorts of fun gatherings! A pirate’s treasure chest will surely be a hit among kids – and adults too.

It’s a very easy to build, and a great way to make use of some scrap timber you may have in your workshop. You can stain and give it a rich or dark but aged wood finish to achieve that looks of authenticity.

Since it is made mostly out of plywood, this treasure chest cooler is not as heavy as it looks. It can be carried by one person when empty. When full with ice and drinks, it might take two people to carry the unit. Just make sure to use good quality hardware, and your treasure chest cooler will surely have no problem holding all the weight!

Is this going to be your next project?


  • Cooler
  • 5/8″ Plywood
  • 1/2″ Threaded PVC Fitting
  • Reclaimed Timber Slats
  • Wood Glue
  • Nails and Screws
  • Rustic Hardware (hinges, handles, lock, nail covers)
  • Dark Wood Stain
  • Wood Sealant
  • Hose Bibb
  • Escutcheon Plate
  • 1/2″ Flange


  • Circular Saw
  • Measuring Tape
  • Finish Nailer
  • Drill
  • Sander

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Thanks to ShutupLori for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here