Project Guide

How to Build an Outdoor Grill Station

1
Measure and Cut the Wood
A person measuring and marking wood.

Measure and mark the cuts listed below with your measuring tape and pencil. Then, cut the wood on the marks with a miter saw. Rip the wood with a table saw.


On the 2- x 12-inch x 8-foot pressure treated lumber:


  • Six top, middle and bottom boards: 72-inch cuts
  • Three pieces for feet: 19 ½-inch cuts


Rip the 19 ½-inch cuts to two inches to make three 2- x 2- x 19 ½-inch pieces.


On the 2- x 8-inch x 8-foot pressure treated lumber:


First, rip the board from 8 to 6 ½ inches.

  • Nine top panels: 14-inch cuts
  • Nine bottom panels: 16-inch cuts


On the 15/32- x 4-inch x 8-foot pressure treated plywood:


  • One 16- x 69-inch cut
  • One 14- x 69-inch cut
2
Build the Shelves
A person attaching clamps to a board.
  • Attach two of the 2- x 12- x 72-inch boards with wood glue or construction adhesive and clamps. This will be the top of your grill station.
  • Repeat this step with the remaining 2- x 12- x 72-inch boards, creating three shelves.
3
Build the Panels
A person clamping boards together to build an outdoor gill station.
  • Attach three of the 2- x 6 ½- x 16-inch cuts with wood glue and clamps to create one panel.
  • Repeat this step with the remaining 2- x 6 ½- x 16-inch cuts. These are your bottom panels.
  • Repeat this step with the 14-inch boards. These are your top panels.
  • Allow the glue to dry before proceeding to the next step.
4
Attach the Feet
A person screwing wood feet into the base board of a wood grill station.
  • Using the 2 ½-inch screws, attach the 2- x 2- x 19 ½-inch feet pieces to the bottom of the 72-inch board.
  • Attach two of the feet 1 ½ inches in from each end.
  • Center the middle piece between the end pieces at 34 ½ inches.


Tip: Pre-drill holes before drilling in screws to ensure your wood does not crack.

5
Attach the Bottom Panels
A person spreading wood glue on the edge of a board.
  • With wood glue and clamps, attach the 16-inch panels to the bottom 72-inch board with wood glue and clamps.
  • Make sure all three panels are aligned with each corresponding foot: 1 ½ inches in from each side with the middle panel centered between them.
  • Allow the glue to dry before proceeding with the next step.
6
Attach the Middle Shelf
A person drilling into a wood board to attach a shelf on a grill station.

Drill the middle 72-inch board into the three 16-inch panels.

7
Attach the Top Panels
A person spreading wood glue on the edge of a board.

Align the three 14-inch top panels to the middle board with wood glue and clamps.

8
Attach the Top Shelf
A person screwing in the top shelf of the grill station.

Once the glue has dried, screw the top board into the three 14-inch panels. This completes the frame.

9
Cut a Hole for The Grill
A person using a jigsaw to cut a hole in the grill station.
  • Place a nail 15 inches away from the front of the top board.
  • Pull a 12-inch piece of twine taut and draw a circle around the nail until the circle is complete.
  • Use a jig saw to cut out the marked circle.
10
Attach the Back Panels
A person attaching the back panel of a grill station with screws.
  • Attach the back panels with the 1 ⅝-inch screws and glue.
  • Cover any screw holes with wood patch and allow to cure.
11
Sand and Stain the Wood
A person staining the wood of a grill station.
  • Use a sanding block or electrical sander to smooth any rough edges.
  • Paint or stain all pieces in the color of your choice.
  • Allow the station to dry before proceeding to the next step.
12
Place the Grill
Two people setting a large grill into place inside the outdoor grill station.
  • Place the paver stone directly under the hole you cut previously.
  • Set the grill on top of the paver.


Safety: Avoid injury and have a friend help you lift the grill into its new home.