Cedar Grillin' Table

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Project by PocketHole69 posted 06-21-2010 03:54 AM 3908 views 11 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Home Depot had a skid of Cedar 2×4s that I’m pretty sure were mis-labeled for around $2.50 a piece, so I bought 10 of them with no real purpose.

While grilling out this weekend, I noticed I needed a table to sit dishes and grilling utensils on. This is what happened next :)

I made the plan for this myself, based on how much wood I had on hand. It’s roughly 34” tall to match the height of my grill surface for easy food transfer on / off, and the table surface is roughly 32×22”.

Construction is of cedar 2×4s for the legs and tops and cedar 1×4s for the aprons. End boards are notched in to the legs for aesthetics only- everything else is pocket hole construction from the bottom so there are no visible screws or nails.

It’s probably WAY overbuilt with 2×4s used for the table surfaces, but I had them on hand and I wanted the table to have plenty of weight- there are no trees near my house on top of a hill and it gets very windy in the back yard. Cedar is a very light wood, so using the 2×4s really helped in the “don’t blow away” department.

Some may notice that there is no overhang on the ends of the table- I did that so I could a) add hook boards for grilling tools later and b) build another to get more counter space if needed in the future and butt them up.

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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#1 posted 06-21-2010 04:19 AM

Looks great!

-- Kevin Zierath, Learning new stuff everyday and loving it.

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#2 posted 06-21-2010 04:47 AM

you only bought 10 of em at that price??? I hope that was all of them…lol good idea.

-- M.K.

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#3 posted 06-21-2010 05:22 AM

Really nice table

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 06-21-2010 06:03 AM

Kevin and Jim- Thanks!

Mark- Well, I only had the budget and the wife’s approval for 2 for some garden planters. I had to do some heavy explaining of the economics of the situation when I came home with 5x more than I was supposed to get.

Seems like that always happens at the home improvement store anyway… :)

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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#5 posted 06-22-2010 03:09 PM

grilling tables are really useful, I made one out of some pallet wood. Yours looks a lot sturdier than mine does. great job!

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#6 posted 06-23-2010 01:05 PM

Pockethole once again you have done great work you should invite friends over to test the table with some 16 oz steaks.


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#7 posted 06-28-2010 04:46 AM

noknot, I tried to invite you over. Evidently my paltry bacon-wrapped fillets are not good enough for you and yours to grace me with your presence.

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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#8 posted 07-02-2010 10:46 PM

Looks goos 1/2 laps look good as well nice score1

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 07-04-2010 04:23 PM

Nicely done and a great score on the wood. I hear ya on the coming home and having some “splaning” to do it never fails.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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