The cold weather will soon be gone, and that means BBQ season is about to kick in. If you are like me, you cannot wait to get outside and start cooking every night again. If you really want to take your BBQing to the next level, why not build a BBQ grill station to make your life a little easier when you are out there cooking up your magic?
This DIY project is a bit more involved than some of our other projects and you will need a fair amount of tools and supplies, so it might not be for everyone. Having said that, is it still a relatively easy project and one you can truly be proud of when that last screw goes into the wood.
Tools and Materials:
- Drill and bit
- Electric sander
- Jig saw
- Measuring tape
- Miter saw
- Table saw
- 38c-grit sanding block
- Paint or stain
- Wood glue
- (3) 2-x8”x8’ (pressure treated)
- (6) 2-12”x8’ (pressure treated)
- 15/32×4”x8’ pressure treated plywood
- 16×16’ stepping stone
Building the Grill Station:
- Measure and Cut Wood
– For the 2-x12”x8’ pieces – six boards for top, middle, and bottom to be cut to 72” and three pieces cut for the feet at 19.5
– For the 2-8”x8’ pieces – you need to rip the board from eight to 6.5”, then cut (9) panels for the top panels at 14” and (9) panels for the top at 16
– For the 15/32-x4”x8’ piece – one piece to 16×69” cut and one piece 14×69” cut
- The Shelves
– For the top of the grilling station, attach (2) of the 2x12x72-inch boards using the wood glue and clamps. Repeat the process with the remaining boards of this size for the shelves.
- The Panels
– Attach (3) of the 2×6.5×16-inch cuts with wood glue and clamps. Repeat this with the remaining 2×6.5×16-inch cuts as well as the 14-inch boards. Make sure the glue is dried on all boards before moving on to step 4.
- The Feet
– Use 2.5” screws to connect the 2x2x19.5-inch boards to bottom of the 72” board (you should predrill the holes so the boards do not crack when you are attaching them). The boards should be attached 1.5” from the ends. The middle foot should be attached at 34.5”.
- Bottom Panels
– Attach the 16” panels to the 72” board using the glue and clamps (make sure you have aligned the panels with each corresponding foot). Let the glue dry before moving to next step.
- Middle Shelf
– Drill the middle board (72”) into the (3) 16” panels
- Attaching the Panels
– Align the top panels to the middle board and attach using the wood glue and clamps. Allow the glue to dry before moving to the next step.
- Attaching the Top Shelf
– Using the 2.5” screws, screw the top board into the 14” panels. The frame of the grill station is now complete.
- Opening for Grill
– Outline an area for the grill and use the jig saw to cut the opening (this cut should have an opening in the front of the panel for the grill to slide in and out of)
- Back Panels
– Use 1 5/8” screws to attach the back panels to the station. Cover all screw holes with wood patch and allow to cure.
- Sanding and Staining (or painting)
– Use the sanding block and sander to smooth out any of the rough spots and edges on the station. Apply either the paint or the stain and allow to dry before moving to final step.
- Place Grill in Station
– Place the paver stone in the bottom of the station directly under the grill opening. Place grill directly on top of paver and now you are ready to grill!
This stand enables you to eliminate the need for a flimsy grill stand and allows you to have everything you need at your fingertips. Now you are all set for spring and summer grilling.