If you’ve ever dreamt of having your own outdoor kitchen or built-in grill, build this simple yet versatile grill station that has plenty of prep space and storage. It’s designed for a ceramic Kamado-style grill. This guide will show you how to make your patio or deck the perfect place for entertaining guests or enjoying some outdoor cooking with your family. Store your favorite charcoal flavors below your gill to ensure you always have that flavor you’re craving on hand.
MEASURE AND CUT THE 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 & 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
BUILD THE SHELVES
• Attach two of the 2- x 12- x 72-inch boards with wood glue 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.
BUILD THE PANELS
• 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.
ATTACH THE FEET
• 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.
ATTACH THE BOTTOM PANELS
• 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.
ATTACH THE MIDDLE SHELF
Drill the middle 72-inch board into the three 16-inch panels.
ATTACH THE TOP PANELS
Align the three 14-inch top panels to the middle board with wood glue and clamps.
ATTACH THE TOP SHELF
Once the glue has dried, screw the top board into the three 14-inch panels. This completes the frame.
CUT A HOLE FOR THE GRILL
• 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.
ATTACH THE BACK PANELS
• Attach the back panels with the 1 ⅝-inch screws and glue.
• Cover any screw holes with wood patch and allow to cure.
SAND AND STAIN THE WOOD
• 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 GRILL
• 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.
Material I used for this project:
- Electric sander (15⁄32- x 4-inch x 8-foot pressure treated plywood)
- Table saw (Pressure treated lumber: )
- Miter saw (Six boards: 2- x 12-inch x 8-foot)
- Measuring tape (Three boards: 2- x 8-inch x 8-foot )
- Pencil (#10 2 ½-inch exterior screws & 1 ⅝-inch deck screws)
- Clamps (Wood glue)
- 38c-grit sanding block (Twine)
- Drill and bit (16- x 16-inch stepping stone)
- Jig saw (Paint or stain)