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Goodbye plastic chairs, hello sturdy picnic table. This table was a weekend project that took just about 5 hours from beginning to end. Started and finished this Mother's Day, the table will seat 4 comfortably with space on the ends for extra guests. The wood is pressure treated lumber from the local giant orange hardware store. Add some bolts and a few deck screws and we've got a picnic table! But wait, there's more… hidden underneath the center plank are two buckets for beverage storage!

The 'coolers' are just planters that are mounted underneath the tabletop. They are attached to the supporting crossbars and mounted flush so that they're completely hidden when the covers are put in place.

I freestyled this build - no plans or drawings and I'm happy that it turned out so well.

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Excelent! Like a lot. How make the beverage storage? Wich use for that? To enjoy thet!
 

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Excelent! Like a lot. How make the beverage storage? Wich use for that? To enjoy thet!

- GerardoArg1
Hi Gerardo, I updated the post and added a bit about how I made the storage. Thanks!
 

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Thanks Brent. Nice idea!
 

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Hey Brentmore! Good to hear from you again!

You took a Good ole picnic table design and MADE it a BIGGER WINNER!

COOL Design!

Super COOL Improvements!


Thank you!
 

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That looks nice. I have seen pics of similar builds on social media that people share.

Did you incorporate drain holes so the water can drain?
 

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Hey Brentmore! Good to hear from you again!

You took a Good ole picnic table design and MADE it a BIGGER WINNER!

COOL Design!

Super COOL Improvements!


Thank you!

- Joe Lyddon
Thanks Joe - I think it's a keeper. We look forward to a long summer of use.
 

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That looks nice. I have seen pics of similar builds on social media that people share.

Did you incorporate drain holes so the water can drain?

- MT_Stringer
MT,

Haven't added any holes yet for draining. I was thinking using either an inexpensive plastic spigot or a rubber plug.
 

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That looks nice. I have seen pics of similar builds on social media that people share.

Did you incorporate drain holes so the water can drain?

- MT_Stringer

MT,

Haven t added any holes yet for draining. I was thinking using either an inexpensive plastic spigot or a rubber plug.

- brentmore
Rubber plug or a drain plug for live wells on boats. The sporting good stores sell them. Either should work well.
 

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Rubber plug or a drain plug for live wells on boats. The sporting good stores sell them. Either should work well.
- MT_Stringer
Great suggestion - thanks!
 
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