Hey there friends! Looking for a way to update your deck? Rejuvenate your veranda? Then I have the perfect DIY outdoor plan for you! It’s my DIY Outdoor Beverage Table with a Hidden Surprise!
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Back when I used to have my real estate license (I decided real estate wasn’t for me when I had a client die unexpectedly while in the process of buying a house!), I enjoyed giving my clients who bought homes a unique house warming gift. Anyone can buy something from the store, but projects built in my tiny shop were one of a kind.
There was one couple who I really bonded with. They liked outdoor entertaining, they liked hand crafted furniture and craft beer! I searched for plans for something to build them, but I couldn’t find anything that seemed appropriate. So, I decided to design my own project.
I designed this beverage table to embody everything that they enjoy. One word can sum up the design… multitasking! This outdoor table has a hidden surprise and three uses. First, it’s a table, but take off the top and inside there is a planter that can be used for plants (flowers, herbs, etc). Or fill the planter with ice and it can be used to serve up ice cold beer! Oh, and the top can be used as a serving tray! I like multitasking and like my furniture to do the same!
Recently, a friend from work was asking about building a raised planter bed which reminded me of this project I built a few years ago. I found my original plan, made some tweaks and I’m making it available to you. So here it is, free DIY plans for my beverage table with a hidden surprise!
The outdoor beverage table was featured on a Remodelaholic roundup – Brilliant DIY Cooler Tables for the Patio! Be sure to stop by and check out the other DIY projects with built-in coolers, sinks, and ice boxes!
DIY Outdoor Beverage Table with a Hidden Surprise Plan
1-1/4″ weather resistant pocket screws
1-1/4″ wood screws
Square Plastic Planter/Container
Here’s a hint, if you’re going to paint/stain this project, I recommend doing so before assembly. The spaces between the slats are tiny and you’ll go insane trying to get a brush between them.
Cut 4 2×2’s to 20″ and set aside
Make two Front/Back panels. Cut bottom rail (1×3) and top rail (1×4) to 14-3/8″, then rip 1×4 to 2-3/4″. Cut 5 slats, 12″ long from 1×3. Drill pocket holes in each end of the rails and each of the slats, then assemble panel. Slats are set in approximately 5/16″ from edge of rail and spaced 5/16″ apart. Attach using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket screws.
Make two Side panels. Cut bottom rail (1×3) and top rail (1×4) to 14-3/8″. Cut 5 slats, 12″ long from 1×3. Drill pocket holes in each end of the rails and each of the slats, then assemble panel. Slats are set in approximately 5/16″ from edge of rail and spaced 5/16″ apart. Attach using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket screws.
Attach Front/Back panels to legs. Panels set down 3/4″ from top of legs, 2″ up from bottom of legs and set in 1/4″ in from edge of leg. Attach using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket screws.
Attach Side panels to legs. Panels are flush to top of legs, 2″ up from bottom of legs and set in 1/4″ in from edge of leg. Attach using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket screws.
Make planter/cooler support frame. Rip 1×4 to 1-7/16″ and cut 2 pieces to 12-1/2″ and 2 to 15-3/8″. Drill pocket holes in each end of the 12-1/2″ pieces. Attach together (to make a frame) using 1-1/4″ pocket screws. Notch corners to fit around legs, then drill a few pocket holes along each edge of the support frame. These pocket holes will be used to attach the support frame to the panels in Step 7.
Insert planter/cooler support frame into panels and set 2-3/4″ from top of legs. Attach to panels using 1-1/4″ pocket screws.
Cut seven (7) Top Slats from 1×3 to 19-3/8″ and set aside.
Cut Top Frame pieces. Cut 2 pieces of 1×3 to 11-7/8″ and 2 pieces of 1×3 to 15-3/8″. Drill pocket holes in ends of 11-7/8″ pieces and attach to other supports using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket screws. Notch corners to fit legs.
Space Top Slats 1/4″ apart and center Top Frame. Drill countersink holes and attach top frame using 1-1/4″ wood screws.
Insert planter and enjoy your DIY outdoor beverage table!