We temporarily had a plastic fold-up table with fold-up benches and wanted something more permanent where guests can sit and eat/drink/relax. This table with the built-in drink cooler/trough is perfect and has enough weight where the wind can’t blow it around. Since I’ve never built anything like this before, especially with pocket screws, it took me a lot longer than expected (easily 2 full weekends). But the end product is worth it and we can’t wait to start using it! I already built one of the Francine dining benches that needs to be stained next weekend.
My measurement was off by 1/2″ on the short cross legs but everyone who’s seen my mistake say it’s a design flaw that looks good. I didn’t have any spare wood to cut new lugs so I made them work.
Used Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Sunbleached color and applied two coats of Varathane Clear Matte Soft Touch Polyurethane to help protect it.