Patio Table with Built-In Beer/Wine Coolers

Submitted by pde00311 on Tue, 06/03/2014 - 09:44

I modified the plans for the cooler table to accompany and serve as a coffee table for the weatherly couch/sofa sectional that I built. With a two-year old and another on the way, we probably are not going to have too many opportunities to fill the coolers with beer and wine this summer. However, if a group of friends somehow all gets babysitters and shows up at our house, we are prepared.

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Type of Wood
Treated Pine
Finish Used
Behr Transparent Weather Proofing All-In-One Wood Finish in Cedar Naturaltone
Recommended Skill Level



Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:33

I really like the 4x4 vs 2x4s for the legs. Can you elaborate on how you attached them to the top and skirt? If you have pictures or any other pointers that would also be great! Our existing patio table is falling apart ($1000 buys you junk these days) and I'm thinking of building something similar to this as a replacement.



Wed, 06/17/2015 - 09:20

Thanks PSUlion01. I just posted a picture that I took while constructing the underside of the table (it must be fate because I almost never take photos while building). My recollection is that I first bought flower planters that I ultimately used for the coolers. After factoring in the top measurements of the planters (because I needed there to be holes in the table where the coolers were going to be), I then cut my table top, which I assembled with kreg jig pocket holes. After cutting the legs to length, I figured our where I wanted to place them and cut side rails to size. Then I drilled kreg jig pocket holes on the sides and the bottom of the four side rail pieces. With the pre-cut pocket holes, I then attached the side rail pieces to the four legs, centered and attached the base to the table top. To reinforce this, I also drilled four screws from the top of the table into the legs, which I filled with wood filler before finishing. If you look at the original plans, I think it was constructed a little differently (…). However, this is the second summer with my table and it has been sturdy. Let me know if you have any other questions. I would be happy to help.

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