Party Station

Where we live, we back up to a nice size community pond and have a little dock on the corner of our property. So when Ryobi asked me to build and customize their party station I was beyond excited. I new it would work perfectly for this space and I’d be able to easily store it in the garage when not in use. This party station is designed like a cart and has a top that slides out to reveal a cooler and ice bucket. There is also a lower shelf for storage. If you’d like to build one yourself you can get the plans at the link below.

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Party Station - Rogue Engineer

As for my customizations I decided to upgrade the tires to air filled because the terrain on the way to my dock is uneven and I figured the hard wheels might make for a bumpy ride.

You know I had to add an umbrella for those hot days down here in Georgia. For that, I screwed a piece of PVC inside the cart to hold the umbrella, which works very nicely.

I also extended the planked top to create a bar top overhang when closed and added a swing-up bar top when the slide outs are extended. This created a really nice pub table feel when the slide outs are out. See the video below for more details on my customizations.

Party Station - Rogue Engineer

On the back side I opted to build a drawer and slides instead of just a lower shelf with opening. I also added a bottle opener with hidden magnetic catch.

Party Station - Rogue Engineer

Party Station - Rogue Engineer

Party Station - Rogue Engineer

Party Station - Rogue Engineer

Party Station - Rogue Engineer

Party Station - Rogue Engineer


Party Station - Rogue Engineer

Party Station - Rogue Engineer

Questions? Comments?

As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!

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  • Brad @FixThisBuildThat

    Awesome! Love the additions you did to the party station, Jamison. i’m looking forward to my build as well. You beat me to the punch though on a few features I had in mind 🙂

    Well done!


    • Thanks Brad! I can’t wait to see how yours turns out!

  • Mike

    I love your changes. Can you provide any specifications on how to make the fold out top?

    • Hey Mike, I added the hinged bar top using two hinges attached to the cart and supported it with offset 1x2s extended out from the slide out tops. You can see how this works better in the video.

  • Todd

    I like the way you made the Party Station better than the way Ryobi makes theirs. Keep up the awesome work I can’t wait till we move to our forever home so I can do some of your projects in my wood shop.

  • Stan Hansen

    Would you be interested in selling a completed one?

    • Ha. If only I had the time. However I do know of people finding local builders on craigslist to build from plans they find online. You may want to check that out.

  • Jason

    What wood did you use?