First turquoise inlay, plus a live edge! BBQ Tool Rack

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Project by CFrye posted 12-27-2015 03:15 AM 3216 views 1 time favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hubby wanted a rack to hang his BBQ/grilling tools over the grill. I found this piece of white oak LJ gfadvm sent home with us on one of our visits. He said he’d never seen bark inclusions in white oak before. So it’s a special piece, to me, anyways. It looked to be about the right size 27”x 3 1/2” x 7/8”. I had 4 brass hooks that were waiting for a new home after a previous remodel job (only 7 screws though, so one hook and screw are still waiting). I attached the hooks then removed them for finishing. Behind the outside hooks, I drilled holes for the screws that will hold the hanger to the wall. The brass hooks will then be reinstalled, basically hiding the steel fasteners.
I hand planed and scraped the front. As I was looking at it I decided to try my hand at crushed stone inlay. We had recently visited my sister in Arizona and she sent her ‘porch rock’ home with me(picture #4). She got it from a guy she knew that made turquoise jewelry. I took it out to the drive and bashed it with a sledge hammer! A lot of fine stuff was wasted going down into the gravel. I’ll be more careful in the future! I had watched some YouTube videos on how to do this, a long time ago. I got this! I mixed up some 5 minute epoxy and put some ‘big’ stones in the larger voids and sprinkled some finer stuff in. Let that dry overnight. Sand with 40/60/80/grit paper. Mix more epoxy with the crushed stone and trowel it in the low spots, let dry over night, sand up through 220. I have now re-watched more YouTube videos and have picked up a lot more information. I will do better next time!
Several coats of Rustoleum rattle can lacquer, re-install the brass and tape the steel fasteners to the back so as not to loose them. Hubby likes it! Just need some nice weather to install it in its home.
Thanks for looking, reading and especially commenting. I’m learning and am open to critique. I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

-- God bless, Candy

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#1 posted 12-27-2015 03:21 AM

Looks good, Candy. I will have to keep that in mind the next time I need to hang things,

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 12-27-2015 03:27 AM

I can’t critique because I’ve never done that before, but nice use of a porch rock.

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#3 posted 12-27-2015 03:31 AM

Turned out great Candy.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#4 posted 12-27-2015 03:35 AM

That is real nice Candy, great piece of wood for hanging BBQ tools from and I like your inlay and look forward to seeing your next effort. Hope you had a Merry X’mas, all went well down here in Aus.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#5 posted 12-27-2015 04:04 AM

Rather Fancy! Now you need to re-do the handles on the BBQ tools to match….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#6 posted 12-27-2015 04:08 AM

Thanks, Chris!
Mustang, I can see lots of frustration being worked out on that poor rock!
Thanks for commenting, Drew!
Glad to hear, Bob! Good times here, as well.
I hadn’t thought of that, Bandit! Hmmmm

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 12-27-2015 04:20 AM


It sure is fun to see your craftsmanship IMPROVE time after time… You’re doing REALLY GOOD!

Beautiful job!

Keep it going…

Thank you…

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

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#8 posted 12-27-2015 04:41 AM

Great job. Thanks for sharing the how to tips on hiding the mounting screws. Best wishes for a happy new year!

-- Leafherder

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#9 posted 12-27-2015 05:29 AM

Great Grill Gear Grouping Gizmo!!!

Love the turquoise!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#10 posted 12-27-2015 06:21 AM

Beautiful work Candy.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#11 posted 12-27-2015 06:55 AM

Wow, that was a “Porch Rock.” Nice looking rustic hanger. I like. I like to crush my precious stones in an old 1/4 cup Stainless Steel measuring cup I commandeered from the wife’s kitchen (Shhh…) I try to use it like a mortar and pestle. You can also crush in thick clear bags, but they go south fast.

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#12 posted 12-27-2015 07:39 AM

Thanks, Joe. Any improvements are due to the great teaching I find on this site!
Happy New Year to you, as well, Leafhearder!
Good Golly! Thanks, Randy!
Good to see you, Rance! Thanks for stopping in and commenting.
SS measuring cups…Hmm. Pretty sure Hubby would miss his, Greg. He is the chef of the house. After the initial bash, I put the smaller pieces on a piece of seasoned pecan and covered it with thick plastic. Hardly made a dent in the pecan. I guess they call it pe-crete for a reason!

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 12-27-2015 08:50 AM

i love this , it rocks , got to give this a try, great build Candy , a place for some mudflaps too :)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#14 posted 12-27-2015 10:03 AM

Looks prety cool this combination of materials. I like the blue colour.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 12-27-2015 10:04 AM

Wow, that’s a beauty! Rock bashing is a great way to release frustrations; it sounds like fun.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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