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Beverage Table

Discover a refreshingly convenient way to serve drinks.

Discover a refreshingly convenient way to serve drinks.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Table saw or miter saw
  • Jig saw
  • Corded/cordless electric drill
  • Drill bits: 1/16-in twist drill, 1/2-in spade bit or twist bit
  • Assorted clamps
  • #2 Phillips screwdriver or driver bit
  • Paint brush


  • 4 - 1 x 3 x 10 cedar boards
  • 1 x 8 x 8 cedar board
  • 2 - 1 x 4 x 8 cedar boards
  • 2 - 1 x 6 x 8 cedar boards
  • 2 x 2 x 8 cedar board
  • 3/4 x 24 x 48 sheet treated (CDX) plywood
  • 1 box 1-1/4-in deck screws
  • 1 box 1-5/8-in deck screws
  • 1 box 2-inch deck screws
  • 1 quart Olympic semi-transparent stain, Redwood #704
  • Titebond III 8 oz. waterproof wood glue (#627)
  • Trash can with locking lid (#195272)

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With a stylish appearance and a handy beverage bucket inside, this table is the perfect piece for entertaining.

Prepare the Parts

Step 1

Referring to the Project Diagram and Cutting List/Diagram, cut the following parts to size from pressure-treated boards except where noted differently.

From a 1 x 8 x 8, crosscut the front/back legs (A) to the specified length. Rip the remaining board to 6-1/2 inches wide. Then crosscut the side legs (B) to size.

Step 2

From a 2 x 2 x 8, crosscut the leg cleats (C) to size.

Step 3

From 1 x 4 x 8s, crosscut the upper long slats (D) and upper short slats (E) to the listed lengths. Save the offcuts.

Step 4

From 1 x 3 x8s, crosscut the short frame (F) members, long frame (G) members, lower long slats (L), and lower short slats (M) to the specified lengths. Identify these parts to avoid confusion.

Step 5

From a 3/4 x 24 x 48 sheet of treated (CDX) plywood, rip and crosscut the platform (H) to size. Measure the diameter of your drink bucket at the widest point under the rim. Mark a centerpoint for the bucket hole on the platform, where dimensioned. Adjust a compass to one-half the measured diameter (the radius), and draw a circle around the centerpoint. Using a 1/2-inch-diameter spade or twist bit, drill a hole just inside the circle. Then, use a jigsaw to cut out the opening.

Step 6

Rip 1 x 6 x 8s to 5 inches wide for the top platform slats (I). Then, crosscut the slats to the listed length.

Step 7

From the 1 x 4 offcuts, rip and crosscut the drink cover cleats (J) and table cover cleats (K) to the specified width and lengths.

Assemble the Table

Step 1

Pair the front/back legs (A) and side legs (B) in the configuration shown. The 7-1/4-inch-wide front/back legs go against the edges of the 6-1/2-inch-wide side legs to form symmetrical L-shaped corners. Position a leg cleat (C) inside each leg pair. Drill mounting holes through the cleats and into each leg member, where shown, and drive 2-inch flathead screws.

Step 2

On a flat work surface, lay out the legs (A/B/C), short frame (F) members, and long frame (G) members, in the configuration shown. Verify that the outside edges of the frame members are flush with the outside faces of the legs. Keeping the joints between the frame members tight, drill mounting holes through the frame pieces and centered into the ends of the 3/4-inch-thick legs, where shown. Fasten with 1-1/4-inch flathead screws.

Step 3

To position the bottom lower short slats (M), draw lines across each of the side legs (B) 5-1/4 inches from the bottom. Align the bottom edge of a slat with the marked lines at one end of the table and clamp it in place. From inside the table, drill four mounting holes through each side leg and into the slat, where shown. Fasten with 1-1/4-inch flathead screws. Repeat to attach the other bottom slat.

Step 4

Then, place the bottom lower long slats (L) in position with their overlapping ends aligned with the ends of the short slats. Screw-mount the long slats as you did for the short slats. Using 3/4-inch scrap for spacers, screw-mount the middle tier of short and long slats, where shown. Now, use the spacers again to position the upper short slats (E) and upper long slats (D), and glue and clamp them to the edges of the frame (F/G) using waterproof polyurethane glue per the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 5

After the glue dries, drill angled mounting holes through the frame (F/G) and into the upper slats. Fasten with 1-5/8-inch flathead screws, four along the long sides and three along the short sides.

Step 6

Place the platform (H) on the frame (F/G). Drill mounting holes through the frame members, centered across their 2-1/2-inch width, and into the platform, where shown. Fasten with 1-1/4-inch flathead screws.

Step 7

For easy alignment of the top platform slats (I) on the drink cover cleats (J) and table cover cleats (K), draw a line across one face of the slats 1/4 inch in from each end (the slat overhang). Also, draw a line 1/4-inch in from one end of each cleat (the cleat projection). With the marked sides of the slats up and spaced approximately 7/8 inch apart, align the cleats with the lines, ensuring the cleats project 1/4-inch at one end, where shown. Drill mounting holes through the cleats and into the slats, where shown. Fasten with 1-1/4-inch flathead screws.

Finishing Touches

Step 1

Completed beverage table

Apply Olympic semi-transparent stain, Redwood #704, to the table following the manufacturer's instructions. Place your drink bucket into the opening, and set the slatted platforms in place.