DIY Patio Table with Built-in Beer/Wine Coolers


Whether you’re entertaining for a crowd or just having a last-minute get-together with close friends, the right supplies and tools can make ensure that everybody has a good time. People love to drink, eat, and party together. Why shouldn’t we? The laughter and camarederie flow freely and the stories are always entertaining.

Who would want to be in a party and have to search out for the drink cooler? Who would like to have to get up in the middle of a fun meal with friends and family just to get cold drinks? Well, here’s a really clever idea for those of you who love to entertain!

DIY Patio Table with Built-in Beer/Wine Coolers

The beer drinkers out there will see the immediate benefits of this table. And the entertainers will see how useful this idea would be for keeping salads, seafood and dessert cool on a hot summer day.

With the right tools, this could be a quick weekend project. We can’t wait to have this in our patio. How about you?

You’ll need these materials:

  • Wood (We used Spruce; see cut list)
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Wood Screws (1-1/4″)
  • Wood Screws (2-1/2″)
  • Sandpaper (110 grit)
  • 2 Plastic Planter Boxes (denoted pb throughout the instructions)
  • Benite Wood Conditioner (1 quart)
  • Wood Stain (1 pint, Dalys’ 45 cherry)
  • SeaFin Teak Oil (1 gallon)
  • 3M Final Stripping Pads
  • 110 grit Sand Paper
  • Rags/ Old T-shirts
  • Disposable Cup (red solo cup)

And these tools:

  • Electric Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Square
  • Clamps
  • Sponge Brushes
  • 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

Cutting 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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Thanks to Domesticated Engineer Woodworking for this great project. You can get step by step instructions here

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