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Patio Table with Built-in Beer/Wine Coolers

September 26, 2012 |
posted by sbowes1
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After see the picnic table picture from Medlock Ames' tasting room with the built in wine cooler we decided to incorporate this into our new patio table design. I really wanted this table to be more then just a cooler so I designed lids to cover the coolers when no in use.

Please check out the step by step guide on my blog at: http://www.domesticated-engineer.com/1/post/2012/09/diy-patio-table-with...

Patio Table with Built-in Beer/Wine Coolers with liids

Additional Photos

Patio Table with Built-in Beer/Wine Coolers with lids off
Patio Table with Built-in Beer/Wine Coolers filled with wine
Patio Table with Built-in Beer/Wine Coolers with lids covered
Patio Table with Built-in Beer/Wine Coolers with beer
Patio Table with Built-in Beer/Wine Coolers with beer

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Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

Materials needed:
Wood (We used Spruce, see cut list)
Wood glue
Wood filler
Wood screws (1-1/4")
Wood screws (2-1/2")
Sandpaper (110 grit)
Two plastic planter boxes (denoted pb throughout the instructions)
Tools needed:
Sander
Kreg Jig
Square
Clamps
Electric Screwdriver
1/8” counter bore drill bit
1-1/2" hole saw bit
T-square (could also use a ruler or measuring tape)
Pencil

Cut List

Cut List: 

2 - 6X2 @ 5' 9-1/4" (top long board)
3 - 8X2 @ 1' 9" (top side and middle board)
12 - 2X4 @ 1' 11-3/4" (top center board)
4 - 2X4 @ 2' 5-1/4" (legs)
2 - 1X4 @ 5' 2-1/4" (outer long skirt)
2 - 1X4 @ 5' 6-1/4" (inside long skirt)
2 - 1X4 @ 2' 5" (short skirt)
4 - 1X4 @ 2' 3-1/2" (cross beam)
4 - 1X4 @ 2' 1-1/4" (box supports)
4 - 1X6 @ 1' 11-3/4" (long box side)
4 - 1X6 @ 8-3/4" (short box side)
10 - 1X2 @ 7-1/4" (bottom box)

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This is fantastic!

What a great use of space in that table, too! And you could always use it to store condiments or whatever if not in use as a cooler, too! Great job!

posted by biz_kid1 | on Wed, 2012-09-26 13:28
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I love this!

Great job! this table is beautiful, and I love that it has covers for when you're not boozing it up! haha. This is such a great solution for summer get-togethers. My kids would absolutely love to mix some mud pies or plant flowers in those little troughs too.

posted by birdsandsoap | on Wed, 2012-09-26 14:48
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Fantastic!

My immediate reaction to seeing this was disappointment that I just built a table for my backyard. If I had waited I could have built this!

posted by Veenstra | on Thu, 2012-09-27 11:22

I love it.

I love it.

posted by Uberhandy | on Sat, 2012-09-29 23:19

Am I missing something?

The legs on this table are clearly not 1x2s....so...are all the measurements off or what?

posted by wishing I had correct measurements for this.... (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-10-08 18:44
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Good Catch!

I didn't even catch that. I just made a mistake when coping over my handwritten list. The legs really are 2x4s. Thank you so much for calling me out on that! I am making the changes to the blog post now.

http://www.domesticated-engineer.com/

posted by sbowes1 | on Wed, 2012-10-10 13:22

OMG..this is officially my

OMG..this is officially my favorite table. I never cared for building things but your site has just given me a new hobby!

posted by James (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-11-24 23:52
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wider table / structurally sound question

Would anyone know what would be required if I want to make this wider? I'm thinking about adding one more board on both sides of the planter boxes. I know this means I need to widen the two end boards but I'm not sure about the legs (if they need to be larger or stronger) or if there is anything else I need to do to make it sturdy. Thanks for all those 'in the know' who can help me out. :)

posted by TCinTX | on Wed, 2012-12-19 13:41

I'm actually in the process

I'm actually in the process of building my table and I added two more 2x4s to make it wider. I think it'll be perfectly fine. The one question I have is what kind of planter boxes people are using? I probably should have bought them first but I forgot about it until I had the top already constructed.

posted by Martin (not verified) | on Thu, 2013-01-17 18:13
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I don't know about planter

I don't know about planter boxes, but I've seen rain gutter used for this, too!

posted by biz_kid1 | on Thu, 2013-01-17 21:09

Planter boxes

The planter boxes that I used for the design I found at Home Depot. The same one can be found on Amazon http://bit.ly/SkZxH3

I am sure you can use different ones but you will have to change the designed to adjust to the different size.

posted by Sarah Bowes (not verified) | on Sun, 2013-01-20 02:06

Table

This table is great and useful!I've recently moved in my mother's house and I started to renovate it.I've already planted tulips and roses in the garden and I bought some Campbell Hausfeld gardening equipments.I want to create an outdoor space where to put a grill and to build this awesome table which is perfect for weekends when my family and my friends come to visit me and to take lunch together.

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posted by waliamdavice | on Fri, 2013-03-15 19:07
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great idea

I've been looking into a similar design idea, for a patio table with active wine cooling technology (not ice based, but with a remodeled refrigerator integrated). My 10 years of experience at air conditioning Tucson have been very useful in coming up with a good design, still I can't get it to be power efficient.

posted by mipsda | on Tue, 2013-05-14 12:57
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Just Finished my Build

I loved the plans, very easy to follow, ran into my own first time building issues but that was just lack of experience there. I posted mine, I put that i completed it using this plan but it hasnt shown up in the i have used this plan yet.

Thank You for all the hard work you did providing us with the plan

posted by Matthew Martin | on Sun, 2013-08-04 22:09

Wood List

I see the cut list, but I am wondering if you, still, have a list of the boards that you bought to do the cuts? I am wanting to build this in a couple of weeks as the weather gets better and need to know what wood I need to pick up.

posted by Azule74 | on Thu, 2014-03-20 10:37

rain

I've been looking for plans for a outdoor table and this one looks great. My main concern is that it looks like the rain would collect very easily. Would this design be possible by spacing the boards 1/4"? The problem I see with that type of design is the boards run run both perpendicular and parallel, not just in one direction. Not sure if spacing would work or look weird. Anyone tried this or have some thoughts?

posted by iraethan | on Tue, 2014-04-22 09:30

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