How to Build a Grilling Cart

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A grilling cart can help make your backyard barbeques more convenient

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Make a stylish cart to hold all your grilling accessories using just a few materials from The Home Depot. This guide will walk you through the step-by-step process of building this DIY cart to hold all of your grilling supplies.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

TOOLS

MATERIALS

Optional Accessories:

1
CUT THE LUMBER
Cut the lumber - Build a Grilling Cart

Cut the wood into the following lengths: 

• Eight 30-inch x 2 x 4-foot boards to make up the longer sides of the shelves and the middle piece of the top of each shelf.
• Six 16-inch 2 x 4-foot boards to make up the shorter sides of the shelves.
• Four 30-inch x 2 x 8-foot boards to complete the tops of each shelf.
• Three 40-inch x 2 x 8-foot boards to make up the cutting board.

2
BUILD THE SHELVES
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• Screw together the 30-inch and 16-inch x 2 x 4-foot boards into rectangular frames.
• For the top of the bottom two shelves, frame a 30-inch x 2 x 4-foot board with two 30-inch x 2 x 8-foot boards.
• Screw them on the top of the frame to make each shelf.
• The top shelf should remain just a frame so the top table surface can be added after the cart is assembled.

3
DRILL THROUGH THE ANGLE IRONS
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• Drill through the angle irons with the 3/16-inch bit.
• Check to make sure that the screws fit through the holes.
• Use the larger drill bit to create a hole over the 3/16-inch hole to countersink the screws.

4
PAINT THE ANGLE IRONS
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• Clean the cutting oil off the angle irons.
• Paint them with spray paint.

5
ATTACH THE ANGLE IRONS
Attach the angle irons - Build a Grilling Cart

• Screw through the holes drilled in the angle irons and into the wood shelves, spacing them evenly.
• Put the empty frame on top.

6
SCREW ON THE TOP
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• Stand the cart upright.
• Screw in three remaining 2 x 8-foot boards onto the top frame to complete the table surface.

7
SEAL OR STAIN
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Finish the wood with a butcher-block conditioner.

8
ADD WHEELS AND ACCESSORIES
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• Flip over the cart and screw on the wheels.
• Add other accessories where desired.