Make a versatile cooler box

Andrew Donkin shows you how to make a versatile cooler box that's not just a cooler box!


Andrew Donkin turns a basic pine cooler box into a more attractive and versatile cooler box that is ideal for camping, for your entertainment area, or just for when you're having a braai with family or friends.

You can buy all the materials, tools and supplies for this project at Builders Warehouse, and we've included the video below for easy assembly.

The pine cooler box is designed to be strong and sturdy and can be used as a seat when you go out for a picnic or braai. What's also great about this cooler box design is that Andrew has added a rope strap to make the cooler box portable. Close it up and you can carry the cooler box to where you need to go.

Use the pine cooler box at home or on the beach. Because it's easy to carry around you can use the cooler box wherever you go.


Laminated pine 2.4 x 380mm have cut in store to the following sizes:*

- 2 of 365 x 278mm

- 2 of 365 x 275mm

- 2 of 240 x 275mm

- 2 of 365 x 25mm

- 2 of 240 x 25mm

Wood glue

Wood filler

20 ad 35mm screws

Cooler box

Length of rope

2 Electrical saddles, 16mm

4 Rubber feet

2 Back flap hinges

Toggle and clasp

Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain and Matte Sealer


Drill / Driver plus assorted bits

Orbital Sander plus 120- and 180-grit sanding pads

Quick clamps

Tape measure and pencil 

*Adjust the sizes according to the size of your cooler box.

Not responsible for errors or omissions