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DIY Squad: Outdoor Bar with built in cooler

  1. Sarah

    September 10th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    No way! That’s awesome! Both the bar and the true value gig!

  2. Ana White Admin

    June 27th, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Featured today on, great project, love the built-in cooler!

  3. Abby Burditt

    June 30th, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    This is really cute!! 😀

  4. KC Williams

    August 11th, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    We are planning on trying this! What length and # of screws and what type of hinges were used in this project?

  5. effortless

    August 12th, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Let me ask Jon and get back to you. Stay tuned.

  6. Laurel Kazanjian

    May 13th, 2017 at 10:20 am

    When cleaning up and need to empty the cooler, does it easily slide out the back of the bar or do you have to pull it up from the top? Unless you release the side and let it drain as is? Confusing question but curious!

    Looks great though!!

  7. effortless

    May 16th, 2017 at 9:28 am

    We pull it up from the top, but you can also just release the drain, which is what we typically do.

  8. Eustace D'souza

    August 5th, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    We are planning on trying this! What length and # of screws and what type of hinges were used in this project?

  9. Emily Keem

    September 27th, 2017 at 11:31 am

    What brand of cooler is this? I am planning on making this for a birthday gift and want to just buy the same cooler you guys used!

  10. john Plump

    February 27th, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    I’m in the process of building this as we speak; problem is your measurements are wrong in step two.
    You right,
    Take one 53 1/2″ section and mount it in front of the rear 38 1/2″ vertical sections from Step 1. 14″ down from the top of the 53 1/2″ section you just screwed into place affix another 53 1/2″ section to the front of the same 38 1/2″ vertical sections.

    If you come down 14” from the top to secure the second 2×3 there is no way you’re going to have 15” between the two boards in the back of the bar as your picture shows.

  11. effortless

    March 7th, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Let me ask my husband and get back to you. We made it a while ago.

  12. john Plump

    March 7th, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks but I finished it the other day, just had to redo a couple of measurements. Also you might want to correct this.

    (STEP 3: Take the two 1″x 12″x 12’common pine boards and one of the 1″x 12″x 8’common pine boards and cut them into 9 sections of 39 1/4″.)

    39 1/4′ x 3 = 117 3/4″ with 26 1/4″ left on the 12′ board.
    391/4″x 2 =78 1/2″ with 17 1/2 ” left on the 8′ board. that’s a total of 8 pieces.

    It should say use three 1″ x 12″ x 12′ to get the 9 pieces required.

  13. Diane

    May 3rd, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Wanting to make this tomorrow. Are all the changes to the measurements reflected in the new plans?

  14. Kelly

    March 14th, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    I’m looking at starting this project in the next couple weeks and wanted to check what you did as a correction to the measurements. I’m very new to building so don’t want to get started and confused if the measurements are a bit off.

  15. effortless

    March 20th, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Let me have my husband go over them again. I will updated any changes.

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