Patio Table with Built-in Beer/Wine Coolers

Submitted by ryan_king on Sun, 05/19/2013 - 19:50

I stumbled on this site a while back as I was looking for ideas for an enclosure for my grill. I decided that my current table was fine, but found a TON of great ideas here on this site.

This patio table was first on my list. We enjoy having people over and I really like the built in coolers. We've started using our patio so much more already now that we have a good place to sit.

I modified the plans slightly: Extended the table so that we could fit up to 8 people, used 4x4's for the legs instead of 2x4's, and added a hole in the middle for an umbrella.

I need to build a couple benches (the chairs are a little low). That's the next project on the list!

Estimated Cost
probably about $90 for wood, screws, stain, and planter boxes
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
pine
Finish Used
I finished with BEHR Premium Weatherproofing Wood Stain - Semi-Transparent, Drift Gray.

Two light coats. Used a synthetic brush for the first coat, then I lightly sanded w/220 grit and applied second coat the following day with a pad.

I'm not sure if this was the right way to go. I wanted something that would hold up to the elements, but have read several reviews about peeling etc. after I already applied it. I guess we'll see.
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

Comments

porqueno

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 09:39

table looks amazing! did you just add a 6x2 to each end? did you feel the table is wide enough? thank you

ryan_king

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 16:57

Yes, I added the 2x6's to each end and extended the skirt a bit on each end to bear the weight.

ryan_king

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 17:02

Yes, I added the extra 2x6's to each end and extended the skirt about 6 inches to help bear the weight.

It's wide enough for us so far. If you were planning on setting the table with a lot of extra food you might want to widen it or you can just keep one side covered.

ryan_king

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 17:02

Yes, I added the extra 2x6's to each end and extended the skirt about 6 inches to help bear the weight.

It's wide enough for us so far. If you were planning on setting the table with a lot of extra food you might want to widen it or you can just keep one side covered.

CapinKnipp

Mon, 06/10/2013 - 14:11

Did you create your own plans for the grill enclosure? I think it's great! We have an old Weber grill and it would be ice to have it as a back-up for foods that we want cooked over charcoal rather than gas. This dresses it up a bit. :)

GOOD JOB!

Pagejoli

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 11:55

I'm loving the idea but am curious about the melting ice....dripping, clean up, etc....Would it be possible to drill a hole and put a plug in?

Goldy272

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 14:03

Any update on how the stain is holding up? I am getting ready to stain mine and trying to figure out which way to go. Thanks so much, the table looks great!

SoCalMatt

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 18:50

Ryan, fantastic job.  I am for sure going to mirror everything you did here.  I also want to make it a bit wider so we can fit a few more folks around it.  Do you have to have the additional measurements that you implemented?

Thanks, Matt