DIY Outdoor Grill Station
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 set up can 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.
Just follow the steps in this tutorial to build your own outdoor grill station.
- (1) 15⁄32 x 4 in. x 8 ft. Yellow Pine Pressure Treated Plywood
- (6) 2 x 12 in. x 8 ft. Pressure Treated Lumber
- (3) 2 x 8 in. x 8 ft. Pressure Treated Lumber
- (7) #10 2½ in. exterior screws
- Wood Glue
- (1) Deck Mark 1⅝ in. deck screws
- (1) Everbuilt #21 twine
- (1) 38c grit sand sponge
- (1) 16 x 16 in. Step Stone
- (1) Quart English Chestnut Minwax
- (1) Quart Early American Minwax
- Behr Exterior Stain
- Electric Sander or Sanding Block or rent an orbit sander from The Home Depot
- Table Saw or rent a table saw from The Home Depot
- Miter Saw or rent a miter saw from The Home Depot
- Measuring Tape
- Drill or rent a drill from The Home Depot
- Jig Saw or rent a jig saw from The Home Depot
2 x 12 in. x 8 ft. Pressure Treated Lumber
- (6) 72 in. cuts (top, middle and bottom boards)
- (3) 19½ in. cuts (feet)
Rip the 19½ in. cuts to 2 in. to make three 2 x 2 x 19½ in. pieces.
2 x 8 in.x 8 ft. Pressure Treated Lumber
First, rip the board from 8 in. to 6½ in.
- (9) 14 in. cuts (top panels)
- (9) 16 in. cuts (bottom panels)
15⁄32 x 4 in. x 8 ft. Yellow Pine Pressure Treated Plywood
- (1) 16 x 69 in. cut
- (1) 14 x 69 in. cut
Ripping wood is not an easy task. Ask a Home Depot associate to rip the wood for you when you pick up your materials.
Step 1: Measure and Cut the Wood
Measure and mark the cuts with your measuring tape and pencil. Then, cut the wood on the marks with a miter saw. Rip the wood with a table saw.
Step 2: Build the Shelves
Attach two of the 2 x 12 x 72 in. 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 in. boards, creating three shelves.
Step 3: Build the Panels
Attach three of the 2 x 6½ x 16 in. cuts with wood glue and clamps to create one panel.
Repeat this step with the remaining 2 x 6½ x 16 in. cuts. These are your bottom panels.
Repeat this step with the 14 in. boards. These are your top panels. Allow the glue to dry before proceeding to the next step.
Step 4: Attach the Feet
Pro-Tip: It’s always a good idea to pre-drill holes before drilling in screws. This will ensure your wood does not crack.
Using the 2½ in. screws, attach the 2 x 2 x 19½ in. feet to the bottom of the 72 in. board.
Attach two of the feet 1½ in. from each end.
Center the middle piece between the end pieces at 34½ in.
Step 5: Attach the Bottom Panels
With wood glue and clamps, attach the 16 in. panels to the bottom 72 in. board with wood glue and clamps.
Make sure all three panels are aligned with each corresponding foot: 1½ in. from each side with the middle panel centered between them. Allow the glue to dry before proceeding with the next step.
Step 6: Attach the Middle Shelf
Drill the middle 72 in. board into the three 16 in. panels.
Step 7: Attach the Top Panels
Now, align the three 14 in. top panels to the middle board with wood glue and clamps.
Step 8: Attach the Top Shelf
Once the glue has dried, screw the top board into the three 14 in. panels.
This completes the frame.
Step 9: Cut a Hole for the Grill
Using a pencil, 12 in. string and nail, place the nail 15 in. away from the front of the top board. Now, pull the 12 in. string taut and draw a circle around the nail until the circle is complete. Use a jig saw to cut out the marked circle.
Step 10: Attach the Back Panels
Attach the back panels with the 1⅝ in. screws and glue. Cover any screw holes with wood patch and allow to cure.
Step 11: Sand and Stain the Wood
Use a sanding block or electrical sander to smooth any rough edges. Then, stain all of the pieces in any Behr exterior stain of your choice. Allow the station to dry before proceeding to the next step.
Step 12: Place the Grill
Place the concrete stone directly under the hole you cut previously. Now you can place the grill! You will most likely need a friend for this step.
Completed Grill Station
Items Seen in this Project
- Recreational 1-A:10-B:C Fire Extinguisher
- 24. in. Vintage Wooden Brown Chalkboard Box
- 13 in. Vintage Wooden Brown Chalkboard Box
- Vision Grills Barbecue Accessory Kit
- Vision Grills Grilling Accessory Kit
Check out our Grilling Tips and Tricks playlist, too, on YouTube for more grilling ideas.