How to Build an Outdoor Grill Station
Time Required: 2-4 hours
If you’ve ever dreamt of having your own outdoor kitchen or built-in grill, build this simple yet versatile grilling station that has plenty of countertop space for food prep and storage space for your grilling utensils.
This grilling station is designed for a ceramic Kamado-style grill rather than a gas grill. This guide will show you a step-by-step on how to create this solid new home for your grill. Just add some nearby seating for a dining area and make your backyard, patio or deck the perfect outdoor living space for entertaining guests or simply enjoying some outdoor cooking with your family. Store your favorite charcoal below your grill to ensure you always have that flavor you’re craving on hand.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.