Drum Cooler

Re-purposing material to make once off furniture is a must if you are serious about DIY. In this week’s episode of Get It Done, Peter and Annalien converts an old metal drum into a drinks cooler.




You will need

Angle Grinder with skinny discs and flap disc Plywood 18mm
POF Router Table top 900mm x 900mm – 2 pieces
18 Volt Cordless drill driver 35mm brandering
PSR1080 cordless screwdriver Legs 400mm – 8 pieces
Pex sander Cross slats 700 mm – 6 pieces
PFS 2000 spray gun Metal drum large – 1 piece with top NB must be in good condition
 PCM compound mitre Bath plug  with chain – 1 piece
spray paint Grey primer – 2 tins
pop rivet gun Black spray paint 2 tins
Spray paint colour
4 x 40mm screws
metal L brackets +/- 70mm – 3 pieces
pop rivets
Thinners – 1 bottle
wood glue

Follow these steps

  • Cut metal drum to desired size using angle
  • Drill holes in the drum for L brackets
  • Fit L brackets with pop rivets
  • Drill hole for bath plug
  • Cut top to size and in a circle (keep centre for the Ottoman)
  • Join top and bottom table tops
  • Router edges
  • Cut legs to size
  • Cut middle slats to size
  • Mark and cut half lap joint
  • Join legs to form a frame
  • Sand and varnish legs and tops
  • Attach top to drum
  • Fit to legs


Download the PDF plans

>> PDF downloadable plan – box cooler