DIY Wood Drink Cooler

A couple years ago my in-laws celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary which is such a wonderful thing to celebrate! We were excited to do something fun for them and when we ran across this cooler, we knew they would enjoy something similar.

They have a great backyard with a pool and throughout the summer we all spend a lot of time there. My in-laws also host many pool parties so a cooler would come in handy but we figured for what they would use it for it needed to be bigger. We considered one large/long cooler or two coolers. In the end we decided to use two coolers because water/soda can be separated from adult beverages.

My hubby was the brains and the brawn behind this project and I put some finishing touches on it. :) I first showcased his wood-working skills here when he built an awesome patio table with built-in drink coolers.

Using the link above as a guide, he designed it to be two coolers pulled together with extra support in the middle so that the extra weight of the coolers would be supported when filled. We bought these coolers from Wal-Mart and used the ship to store option. We also used 2 hinges, 2 casters (for the legs on 1 side of the stand), 1 large handle (on the opposite side of the casters to help transport it easily... like a rolling cooler), and 2 small handles (1 for each lid) which we purchased from the hardware store. Lastly we added a bottle opener and cap catcher as well as a towel hook so that you can wipe your drink off and go! The cooler stand was oil protected when it was finished which should last 2-3 years.

My husband separated the cooler from the lid as they would be attached to the stand. The tops would be encased with wood and hinge open. We kept the cooler lid as part of the design to keep items cold inside the coolers since the wood lids would not.

He measured out the wood and pieces individually and put this together as he went since he is basically a handy man genius. I am sorry we don't have plans to supply you but maybe this can be used as an idea or a special project for the handy man in your life!

Overall it turned out great and has been quite useful at the pool the past couple of years! They even bought a grill cover that fits over the top to help protect it even more.

And who can deny how awesome this looks.... :)

Pretty awesome, right?!



  1. I think I'll need to send this link to my parents. They practically live on their deck and would love something like this!

    1. Yes! It has been amazing for hanging out... Now I don't know what we would do without it. :)

  2. What an awesome DIY project! Very clever and well thought out.

  3. this is great idea!!!! love it!

  4. p.s. - tried to follow you on Pinterest but the button did not work :(

    1. Emilia, I can't figure it out... not sure what the problem is. Thanks for letting me know. I'm working on it!