Ryan Cleveland, of Sioux Falls, S.D., is no stranger to woodworking projects.

Check out his patio table:

Ryan Cleveland built this patio table from a wine barrel.

And coolers:

Ryan built this cooler, along with another, from cedar.

Ryan said building a wooden cooler with customized features was cheaper than purchasing one.

Here’s the story behind each project:

“… For my patio I built a table out of an old wine barrel,” Cleveland says. “I [glued] the top together and [used] the leftover staves from the barrel for the legs and shelf.”

As for the cooler?

“… I decided to build one of these this past winter for our new patio,” Cleveland says. “They are built out of cedar and have 52-quart Coleman coolers in each.”

There’s more to the cooler than meets the eye, he says.

“The [cooler] I kept has a drawer for all my grilling and smoking tools,” Cleveland says. “It also has a storage area for my rubs and seasonings.

“After searching online for wood coolers, I decided to build my own custom cooler because it was cheaper, and I was able to add additional items such as LED lighting, bottle opener, koozie clips and hooks.”

Danny Lipford is among the country’s most sought-after home improvement experts.
The seasoned remodeling contractor and media personality served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s “The Early Show” and The Weather Channel for over a decade and has made more than 180 national television appearances on “Fox & Friends,” “Inside Edition,” “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” Fox Business Channel, Rachael Ray and more.
He travels the country making appearances as a brand ambassador and spokesperson, and each year contributes expertise to hundreds of popular magazines and online media outlets.

Chelsea Lipford Wolf is a born-and-raised home enthusiast, adding her crafty skills and passion for DIY as co-host of the top-rated, nationally syndicated “Today’s Homeowner” TV show.
In addition, Chelsea maintains her own home lifestyle and décor blog and award-winning web-series, “Checking in with Chelsea.”


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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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