This week, we added the last piece to our backyard fun set (DIY Patio Stool). We made a (temporary or permanent) drink table to go with our corn-hole boards . This drink table is perfect to set out with your DIY Cornhole Boards. It has insets for your drinks, a surface for your snacks or your bean bags. It also has a scoring system on it. I'm guessing (maybe from experience, maybe not) on a hot day after a few drinks by the table, the score tends to get a bit fuzzy. The drink table has an attached cotter pin on each side to keep track of scores for both teams. This project was also found on the Lowe's Game-Day Patio Gathering Space blog. Here's how we made ours:
Tools & Materials
Build the Table Top
Cut the sides (A) and ends (B) to length (Project Diagram, Cutting List, Cutting Diagram). Apply exterior glue to the ends of the table ends (B) and clamp them between the sides. Drill countersunk pilot holes through the sides and drive 2-inch deck screws.
Cut the slats (C) to length (Project Diagram, Cutting List). Using an electric drill and a 3-inch-diameter hole saw, cut drink-holder holes in two of the slats (Project Diagram, Drawing 2). We didn't have a 3-inch hole saw so we drew a 3-inch circle with a compass and used a jigsaw to cut the circle and a drum sander attachment for the drill.
Drill pilot holes, and glue and screw the slats to the frame using #8 x 1-1/4-inch trim screws (Project Diagram, Drawing 2). Before fastening the first slat, make sure the frame is square.
Cut the drink supports (D) to length (Project Diagram, Cutting List). Turn the table top upside down. Position the drink supports between the sides and centered over the holes. Rest them on scrap wood spacers, drill pilot holes through the sides (A), and drive 2-inch deck screws (Project Diagram, Drawing 1).
Add the Post and Trim
Cut the post (E1 or E2) and the rails (F) to length (Project Diagram, Cutting List). Clamp the post between the rails, with the top edges of the rails and the top end of the post flush. Center the post on the length of the rails. Square the post to the rails and fasten the rails to the post with 2-1/2-inch deck screws.
Place the table top assembly (A/B/C/D) upside down on your workbench. Slide the post/rails (E/F) assembly into place, centered end-to-end. Drive screws through the sides (A) and into the rails (F) (Project Diagram, Drawing 2).
To add scoreboards to the table, apply masking tape to the sides (A) and lay out the centers of 25 holes on each side (Project Diagram, Drawing 1). Drill 1/4-inch holes and remove the tape. Repeat for the opposite side if desired.
To prevent splinters, sand slight bevels on all exposed edges and corners. Remove the sanding dust and apply an exterior sealer/stain to all parts, double-coating all exposed end grain (Rustic Cedar shown). Apply several coats of finish to the bottom end of the post.
We used the temporary table installation. Screw the post base to the post (E1) (Project Diagram, Drawing 2). Hold a level against the post to keep it plumb and tap the post base into the ground with a sledge hammer. To remove the table at the end of the season, wiggle the post to loosen the post base in the ground and pull it out or remove the screws to free the table and leave the post base in the ground.
Attach one end of each 24-inch-long chain to a 1/4-inch hitch pin and screw the other end to the inside face of an end (B) (Project Diagram, Drawing 3). Use the hitch pins and the golf tees to keep score of your outdoor contests.
Kim & Garrett
We love to make It Ourselves.