Patio Table with Built-in Beer/Wine Coolers

Submitted by sbowes1 on Wed, 09/26/2012 - 09:30
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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:…

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


Shopping List

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: Clamps,  1/8” counter bore drill bit, 1-1/2" hole saw bit 

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)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Power Sander
General Instructions



Wed, 09/26/2012 - 11:28

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!


Wed, 09/26/2012 - 12:48

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.


Thu, 09/27/2012 - 09:22

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!

wishing I had … (not verified)

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 16:44

The legs on this table are clearly not all the measurements off or what?


Wed, 10/10/2012 - 11:22

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.

James (not verified)

Sat, 11/24/2012 - 20:52

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


Wed, 12/19/2012 - 10:41

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. :)

Martin (not verified)

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 15:13

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.

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