It’s More Than Just a Table

Who Wants This?

This multi purpose wooden table has solved a common problem forever.  Stop worrying about dragging one of those annoying beer coolers outside with you next time you throw a backyard party.  It has a built in beer/wine cooler in 2 different sections, while you can plug in planks again to turn it back into a normal use dining table.  And best of all, it’s a simple DIY project – check out the easy steps here!




Really, what is better than a patio table with a built in cooler! Who really wants to get up to get another beer? I wanted to make a table that was more than just a table with a cooler in the center all the time. I wanted to have to option of covering it when not in use so we can do full meals on it too.

Materials needed:

  1. Wood (We used Spruce, see cut list)
  2. Wood glue
  3. Wood filler
  4. Wood screws (1-1/4″)
  5. Wood screws (2-1/2″)
  6. Sandpaper (110 grit)
  7. Two plastic planter boxes (denoted pb throughout the instructions)

We decided to have the planter boxes be removable instead of installing a drain. This was much simpler and now we have the option of replacing the boxes if for some reason they break during the years of future use without having to do construction on the table. The first step after getting home with all the boards is to sand all of them. Alex jumped in and did this for me again; I think he secretly loves sanding. Using the 2-1/2″ wood screws, attach the top center boards to the middle board through the pocket holes. Six pocket holes are made on each top long board. The next step is to make the boxes to go around the PBs. The first step to do this is screwing together the sides of the box. On a flat surface, place this assembly upside down. The plastic pb should be the only thing touching the surface. Using 1-1/4″ screws attach the box support boards to the wooden box. Use a T-square to make nice straight lines at the proper lengths. Then using eight 1-1/4″ screws to attach the cross beam board to the wooden box. Attach the legs by adding wood glue and using four 1-1/4″ wood screws in each corner. The two lids are the final part to finish off the construction portion of the table. We made the lids by taking two of the center boards and attaching them together in four spots through pocket holes with 2-1/2″ wood screws and wood glue. Using a sponge brush apply Benite wood conditioner to all the surfaces of the table, top and bottom. Really coat everything! The last step is to apply the Seafin teak oil to the table surfaces.











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