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U-Bild: Oak ice box is still cool

Don and Dave Runyan provide plans for carpentry projects. This week is an oak ice box.
By Don and Dave Runyan, For The Oklahoman Published: December 3, 2012
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Like potbellied stoves and pie safes, oak ice boxes were once part of every kitchen's standard equipment. Although modern refrigerators made them obsolete years ago, ice boxes like this one are still popular — only this time with collectors rather than homemakers.

This handsome and authentic do-it-yourself version is an affordable alternative to rare and expensive originals. Today the project is at home in almost any room of the house, and makes an especially nice bar. The top opens up to reveal a convenient storage and serving area, while the lower cabinet features two compartments perfect for bottles and glassware.

The project requires about 40 board feet of oak, a half-sheet of oak plywood, dowels, nails, glue, stain and brass hardware. As easy as it is inexpensive to build, step-by-step instructions, all straight cuts and basic construction techniques make the ice box simple enough for woodworkers of almost any skill level.

The finished ice box measures 38 inches high by 24 inches wide by 16 inches deep.

The Ice Box plan, No. 686, is $9.95 and includes complete step-by-step directions with photos, construction diagrams, a shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line for project questions. A mail-order source for solid brass hardware is also included with the plan.

A package of three ice box plans, No. C58, is $21.95 and includes this two-door ice box as well as one- and three-door designs. Please include $4.00 per order (not per item) for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o The Oklahoman, 821B S Tremont St., Oceanside, CA 92054. To order by credit card, call (800) 828-2453.


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