Cooler Table

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Project by brianarice posted 05-07-2014 02:20 AM 3855 views 41 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I can’t take credit for this idea, but I would like to think that I at least took it to a new level.

This is a 4’x7’ table made from cedar and it has two removable panels/lids that let you access two coolers in the center of the table. Each cooler is an 8”x24” planter box that can either rest directly on the leg support beam underneath or they can rest on the same lip that holds the lids in place.

We choose cedar because of the grain and color variations and because this table is being used outside and our patio area has cedar benches with the same finish. For the table top, the boards were plained and then edge glued together. A few minor gaps were later fixed with filler.

I didn’t want the standard four leg setup so I did these based on an 18th century French table that I found during an online search. It’s a basic “I” beam design with the angled corner supports and then one large beam between both legs.

The entire table was sanded down a lot and then given around 9 coats of spar urethane for the top and about half that for the base.

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#1 posted 05-07-2014 05:08 AM


-- The seeds of doubt need neither sun nor water to flourish, but if they do, cut'em down and make a bench out of 'em.

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#2 posted 05-07-2014 11:56 AM

Love it. Plants or ice and drinks! Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 05-07-2014 03:15 PM

Great job.

-- Alexander , Greece,

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#4 posted 05-07-2014 06:52 PM


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#5 posted 05-07-2014 09:41 PM

This is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 05-08-2014 01:14 AM

Well done sir!!!! Well done indeed!!!

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#7 posted 05-08-2014 03:15 AM

Kewl, I love it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#8 posted 05-08-2014 03:06 PM

Looks great. My wife found plans for this table (with the 4 individual legs) online & I think I like it better with the I beams. It is on my short list per the wife!

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#9 posted 05-08-2014 08:03 PM

Very cool , you can put the Kids drinks in one side and the Adults drinks in the other side.

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#10 posted 05-08-2014 08:52 PM

nice table. love that finish. I’ve never used spar but I think I will. and I’ve found my inspiration to replace the glass top from our now broken patio table :-) – thanks for sharing!

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#11 posted 05-10-2014 02:53 AM

hard to find words to describe the beauty of your project. It certainly goes well with your bench area. A master craftsman did this.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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