Picnic Table






One more picnic table rebuild.


$100 Table new from Lowes.
2 pull handles, weatherproof.  $3
2 window planters. $12 (I think)
2 rubber stopper corks, $1
3 cans of Great Stuff, $9
2 flat Metal Brackets, $1
6 90° brackets, $3
Reciprocating saw

(more pictures to come)




1. From Lowes you can buy a Picnic table kit that has everything you need to build a standard table, get one and put it together (unless you already have one).  When you put it together you will NOT put the angle braces on the underside of the table that helps to stabilize the table.  We will get to that later but those would normally attach where you will be placing the cooler.

2. Flip the table upside down, Lay the planters out where you want them to be and draw a left and right side to the planter to indicate where you should cut.  Measure about an inch inward from each line before you cut so the planter edges will not be visible from above.

3. Cut the holes out from where you measured one inch inward from the planters.  A reciprocating saw will take care of this without having to take anything apart

4. From the bottom of the table screw the flat brackets into the wood on one side so it overlays the hole by about an inch, this will be the catch that will keep the lids from falling inwards and will provide stability from the top.

5. Use 2 of the 90° brackets to brace the small wooden pieces of the middle board on both sides to the upright.  This will keep the wood from breaking loose from the screws if someone leans on it.

6. Use the other 4 90° brackets, 2 on each side, to brace the table from sway, this helps to make up for the supports not being installed from step one.

7. Line the planter boxes up and screw through the trim into the table to hold them in place.  using between 8-12 screws will ensure durability.

8. If you want your cooler to be insulated (why not) you can simply spray great stuff to cover the entire planter box.  Great stuff swells up after spraying, but make sure to cover as much of the box as possible or your efforts will be in vain.

***You WILL be able to see this from the sides, so either get over it, paint it to match the table, or put a small piece of wood (2*6) on the upright inside to hide it.  Great stuff paints very easily.

9. Flip the table back upright, screw the handles into the removed pieces of wood.  Make sure to sand the wood cutouts A LOT so if they get wet they do not swell and get stuck.  I had to leave mine in place for over a week b/c I did not sand enough and they got stuck.

10. Fill with ice and drinks and enjoy.  In 90° weather my drinks were kept cold in the open top cooler for over 3 hours with just the ice from my freezer.


UPDATE:  Make sure you stain the table otherwise all of your hard work and effort will look like crap after a year or so.