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DIY Squad: Outdoor Bar with built in cooler

  1. Sarah says:

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

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

  3. Abby Burditt says:

    This is really cute!! 😀

  4. KC Williams says:

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

  5. Laurel Kazanjian says:

    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!!

    • effortless says:

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

  6. Eustace D'souza says:

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

  7. Emily Keem says:

    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!

  8. john Plump says:

    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.

    • effortless says:

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

      • john Plump says:

        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.

        • Diane says:

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

    • Kelly says:

      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.

  9. John says:

    This looks awesome and just what we’ve been looking for! We are metric in this country, do you have metric measurements?

  10. Susan says:

    What size screws and hinges?

  11. Dov Troup says:

    This is a great DIY project using it to design a bar for my daughters wedding thank you for sharing

  12. Michael says:

    Looking to tackle this project this week. For those that did it, could you share the size of screws you used?

  13. Stacy says:

    I have almost finished the bar. But it doesn’t say how you secure the lid to the plywood top.

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