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Moderate. The joinery is simple, but the lid requires some router work.

Ready for a cold one? Not so fast.
It will taste even better after you build this beauty for your deck or patio. This cedar box was designed around an off-the-shelf 50-quart plastic cooler—complete with a brass spigot for draining, built-in bottle opener, and stainless steel hinge. For an alternative option, retrofit an existing wood deck box with a drop-in metal cooler. Use our plans to build your own custom wood ice chest or shop our editors' picks below.

Photo: Kolin Smith / Illustration: Gregory Nemec

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