Hey fellow Do It Yourselfer's! I have a new and exciting project to share with you that is one of my favorite projects I've ever done. I wanted to build a neat project for a patio and so I did a little brainstorming. That's when the idea came to me to build a concrete patio table with LED lights and a built-in cooler!
I've built a number of concrete counters and tables over the years. Concrete is a great medium to work with because you can make a high end table or counter any thickness, color, or shape you want. You can also embed about anything you can imagine in concrete. Concrete is also very affordable and so if you are a do it yourselfer you'll save a ton of money if you ever build your own tables or counters. Concrete counters done by a professional are commonly priced between $75 to $125 per square foot.
Complete 17 Minute LED Table Video Tutorial
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Thanks to Quikrete for their support for this DIY project. I use Quikrete for all my concrete related projects. Their products can be found at your local home improvement store.
The detailed instructions can be found in my post on Makezine.com.
1. Build the mold out of Melamine
2. Assemble the mold
3. Pour the concrete
You may have seen some of the other videos I've created in the past about making concrete counters. I show a couple different methods of how to finish concrete. Here are the other two videos in case you are interested in starting to work with concrete.
4. Let the concrete cure
Table after curing for 4 days
5. Remove the mold and flip the table
Polish the table using a concrete wet polisher.
7. Seal the concrete
8. Install top on a base
I built my table base using FREE plans from Ana White over at Ana-White.com. Here is a link to the plans and she also has a downloadable PDF. The table is modified to fit the concrete top and so the lights can be strung under the trough and the coasters. I modified Ana's plans by using a 2×10 for the stretcher and 2×8's for the horizontal end pieces. 2×6's are used for the vertical part. Here is a basic diagram of the sizing adjustments. Please use Ana's plans to help with assembling.
Here is a the diagram of the table top. You'll want to plan for an open area in the top part of the base no matter what type of base you build. Here is the diagram of the table top. You could use her plans to build other base styles similar to the tables I've built on this page.
9. Add LED Lights!
Insert your 16 foot LED strip light kit in the trough.
Run strip lighting under each coaster area.
10. Fill the cooler with ice
The trough is 36 inches long, 6 inches wide, and 7 inches deep. So it will hold plenty of beverages!
I made a cover for the cooler out of a piece of acrylic.
11. Party or host a barbecue!
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