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Outdoor end table with built in cooler or flower planter! Wood working DIY

Oct 23 2017 -
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An outdooor end table build project tutorial with built in cooler or flower planter. When I built my sun loungers it was only natural to build a table to sit between them because, seriously, sun lounging is thirsty work! I was going to build the most basic of little tables with little regard for anything except a sturdy surface for my beer. But then I remembered seeing the most fabulous end table with a cooler built right in on Pinterst… Well, yeah, I’m definitely going to have to do something like that lol! So, I got to work!

How to build wood working diy do it yourself an outdoor end table cooler project using a flower planter and green treated lumber, building tutorial

Using the same green treated deck boards that I built the outdoor sun loungers and my outdoor bench out of, I built a little basic table base using the same principle I used to build our outdoor barn door table base. With a glass beer bottle in mind I wanted this little guy to be extra sturdy!


How to build wood working diy do it yourself an outdoor end table cooler project using a flower planter and green treated lumber, building tutorial

I purchased a plastic planter insert choosing a dark green simply because there were no other colors to choose from 😉 Thank goodness for Ace hardware! I guess I was already a couple of weeks too late for these to be in stock at Walmart! I expected the planter insert to hang on all four sides but the majority of the weight to sit down on a hidden board for some real support. (You’ll notice in the following pictures that I was, in fact, not building one outdoor end table but three!)

How to build wood working diy do it yourself an outdoor end table cooler project using a flower planter and green treated lumber, building tutorial

It all started with a rectangle. (It seems all of my projects these days start with a rectangle…) The long boards on the rectangle I cut at 24″ and the short boards I cut at 13″ giving my top boards a chance to hang over on all of the edges by over 2″.

How to build wood working diy do it yourself an outdoor end table cooler project using a flower planter and green treated lumber, building tutorialHow to build wood working diy do it yourself an outdoor end table cooler project using a flower planter and green treated lumber, building tutorial


With the rectangle finished I cut the two boards on the sides at 28″ and then dropped the planter in place and added a small board on either end that I cut at 5 1/4″. I am aware that these small boards are not going to support much of anything as they are but they don’t need to: next I added a board across the bottom of the planter to support its weight.

How to build wood working diy do it yourself an outdoor end table cooler project using a flower planter and green treated lumber, building tutorial

With the top part of the outdoor end table done I really struggled deciding on “legs” it just seemed way too small of a table to add four 1×6 deck boards so I decided to just add two, one in the front, one in the back. These legs also then added a second support for the small board I cut for each end of the planter.

How to build wood working diy do it yourself an outdoor end table cooler project using a flower planter and green treated lumber, building tutorial

With the legs done and the end tables standing there looking complete I tested them for sturdiness and was just not happy with the result. Would they have stayed upright on their own? For sure, but what if they were bumped? They would topple. I had images of my beer going flying… I cut feet at the same length as the end boards (13″) but they just looked weird and huge. Yes, they provided sturdiness but it just wasn’t right yet so I took them to my miter saw. I cut both corners off of each of my 13″ feet and viola! Much better!

How to build wood working diy do it yourself an outdoor end table cooler project using a flower planter and green treated lumber, building tutorial

(There were two ready-to-be-knocked-out holes in the bottoms of the planters, I had not yet knocked them out in these pictures but I did later, so they provide great drainage either for melting ice or for plants!) They work great both for setting a glass and for ice! I’m really looking forward to next spring though and filling them with flowers!


How to build wood working diy do it yourself an outdoor end table cooler project using a flower planter and green treated lumber, building tutorial

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22 Comments

  1. October 24, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Awesome outdoor tables! Perfect for everyday or a backyard BBQ. Visiting from Happy Now Party.

  2. October 24, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    What a neat idea!!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  3. October 26, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    What a great idea!

  4. October 27, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Ha…this is a fun outdoor project! I think my hubby will love this one. Any woodworking project that involves beer(his 2 favorite things) may come up to the top of the to-do list. I love that you made 3 too!! Thanks for the idea! pinning:)

    • October 27, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you Kathleen! I can’t wait to plant flowers in them too!

  5. October 27, 2017 at 3:49 am

    What an awesome way to add some flair to your outdoor space. And I love that they can work for two purposes. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    • October 27, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you so much Leslie!

  6. October 27, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Oh mY goodness. That is so sneaky and so cool. I am always so interested to see what DIYers are up to even though I am not much of a DIY person myself.

    • October 27, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Thank you so much Elise!

  7. October 27, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Very beautiful outdoor tables and an excellent tutorial! Thank you for sharing at Sweet Inspiration Link Party!

  8. Jann Olson
    October 28, 2017 at 4:12 am

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  9. October 28, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    I would love this, it’s so versatile!

    • October 30, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Thanks Linda, can’t wait to fill them flowers next spring!

  10. October 29, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    This is a great idea. It is like a beverage station at each chair.

  11. October 29, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    This is quite the idea! And you make it all look so easy. Sold! Will make our own come next spring (waiting for snow tomorrow). Pinned!

    • October 30, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Hey Milena, can’t wait for spring when we can use these again! Got snow coming tomorrow as well!!

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