Patio Cart - Father Day Gift to Me

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Project by doubleDD posted 06-19-2015 03:24 PM 1550 views 5 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided I needed a portable table on our patio for BBQ’s, drinks, and whatever. I built it the height of our grill, figuring this is where it would get the most use. I had this idea of making the top to look like railroad tracks, not for any special reason, just to be different. I found two old beat up plastic wheels from somewhere and put them on the lathe, shaved off about a 1/16’’ and got them to look pretty decent. I used a hex bolt for the axle and made a little hubcap on the lathe to finish it off. I installed a towel rack on one end and converted it to swing out to serve as a handle also.
The lumber used for the top and shelf was some Honey Locust logs I cut on the band saw a year ago and they were at 8-9% moisture, ready to go and they look great. White oak for the legs and rails and Walnut for the tracks and trim.
Measures 18’’ x 30’’ by 31’’ in height.
Turned out nice and can’t wait to use it on Father’s day Sunday. Thanks for looking.
Happy Father’s day to all out there.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 06-19-2015 03:47 PM

Very impressive! I like the idea of using black locust that u made, You have a great talent for woodworking. keep up the good work

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Rick M.

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#2 posted 06-19-2015 04:11 PM

Looks good, should definitely last!


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#3 posted 06-19-2015 04:21 PM

Great job on this Dave. I love the wood choice, it looks very cheerful and friendly with the yellow in it. Enjoy your BBQs!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 06-19-2015 05:20 PM

Nice design and finish. Might have to “steal” this idea. Would make a great gift for people who enjoy outdoor cooking/entertaining.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 06-19-2015 05:26 PM

Great looking table. I love the wooden wheel hub.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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#6 posted 06-19-2015 05:38 PM

Beautiful table. I like those knobs on wheels. Nice wood used for top.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 06-19-2015 06:22 PM

Gorgeous table, Dave. I love that wood!! It is a real eye catcher!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 06-19-2015 06:45 PM

Thanks madsass, making things a little different and being creative makes talent look easy.

Thank you Rick. The Black Locust is a excellent wood to use for the exterior, it should last quite awhile.

Hi Mike. The wood definitely shows a cheerful side. Reminds me of how well cedar shows up. Maybe you can build me a little shed to store it in like yours. ha ha

Thanks Jay. My neighbor and my daughter-in-law already want one.

Thankyou Pointer. While the finish was drying, I noticed the bolt sticking out the wheel and said a hubcap would be cool.

Hi Ivan, thanks. I have been saving this wood for a special project, then it came to me.

Hi Jim, thanks. Yea that wood sure sticks out from everything else on the patio. I have a couple more logs, only wish I had more.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 06-19-2015 07:09 PM


Late to your BBQ. LOL! Nice addition to the patio! And the wood came from your hands and not the Big Box Store.

You can say “I made that!” and smile.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 06-19-2015 07:17 PM

Wow Dave, that a slick build!!! Nice job buddy.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#11 posted 06-19-2015 07:43 PM

Nice cart Dave and before I forget HAPPY FATHERS DAY
Must be nice to have milled your own lumber and use it on a project like this sure gives it a special meaning .
I like those little hub caps and the cart overall seems to be very functional .


-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 06-19-2015 08:10 PM

Very NICE and COOL BBQ workspace cart…

Perfect for putting the food on… In / Out to/from BBQ… always need work space somewhere…

COOL, simple and very Functional!

Happy Fathers Day!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#13 posted 06-19-2015 09:14 PM

Looks very good and i like the idea with those hubcaps.

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#14 posted 06-19-2015 09:20 PM

Hi Thomas. You know when you make something out of your own milled wood, it gives you a real pleasure like nothing else. There’s a lot of work to it but it’s worth the results. Your not late, the BBQ is Sunday.

Thanks Buster. Just having fun building something for myself.

Thank you Klaus, and back at you too, Happy fathers day. There is something about those hubcaps. My neighbors love them also.
Must be the extra detail.

Hi Joe thanks. I needed something and this will foot the bill nicely.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 06-19-2015 09:44 PM

That black locust is some beautiful wood !....A very handsome looking cart…well done….And Happy Fathers Day to you…..

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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