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How to Make a Grill Caddy

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Review the Cutlist
A diagram showing how to cut boards to make a DIY grill caddy.

Use this chart and cutlist for the DIY grill caddy.

For the 1- x 8-inch x 8-foot board:

  • 2 end pieces: 10 inches 
  • 1 bottom piece: 18 inches 

For the 1- x 4-inch x 8-foot board:  

  • 2 side pieces: 19.5 inches
  • 1 insert piece: 18 inches
Measure and Mark Boards
Someone measuring and marking a board to make a grill caddy.
  • Measure and then mark common boards using the measurements in the cutlist, above. Use the chart for further reference.
Make the Cuts
A person uses a saw to cut into a wood plank.
  • Cut along the marks you have made using a circular saw
  • Once cut, take both 10-inch ends and measure 5 1/2 inches down the 10-inch side and make a mark. 
  • From that mark, measure 3 inches towards the center. 
  • Draw a line connecting the two points. 
  • Repeat the measure on the opposite side. 
  • Cut along your lines to create the “house-shaped ends.” 
  • Cut a dowel down to 18 1/2 inches in length. 

Tip: Smooth out edges with a sanding sponge

Drill Pocket for Dowel
A person drills into a wood plank.
  • Measure and drill a hole one inch from the top center of the narrow end of each of the house-shaped end pieces, using a 3/4-inch flat bit.
  • Do not punch all the way through the boards. Go only 1/4-inch deep.
Paint or Stain
A person stains or paints their wood planks.
  • Paint or stain the box and allow to completely dry. 
Assemble the Box
A person assembles their planks together.
  • Take your 8- x 18-inch piece and lay it flat. 
  • Attach your two “house” ends using the brad nailer to the outside of the 18-inch section. 
  • Insert a 3/4-inch dowel into the drilled pockets on both sides, then secure with nails
  • Lay the box on its side and attach one 19 1/2-inch piece. 
  • Repeat on the other side.
Attach Box Insert
A person attaches the box insert.
  • Place the 18-inch insert in the box standing on its long end, leaving enough width for storage. 
  • A 2 1/4-inch gap is recommended. 
  • Once in position, secure by nailing through each side.
Attach Hardware
A person attaching hardware.
  • Center a bottle opener on the preferred end and attach using the screws provided with the hardware. 

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