Build this Outdoor Grill Station

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Grilling Station

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.

Materials

Tools

Cut List

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)

1532 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

Grill Station

Grill Station

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Drill the middle 72 in. board into the three 16 in. panels.


Step 7: Attach the Top Panels

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Now, align the three 14 in. top panels to the middle board with wood glue and clamps.


Step 8: Attach the Top Shelf

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Grill Station

Grill Station

Grill Station

Items Seen in this Project

DIY not your thing? Check out our ready-made Kamado grill tables. Browse all our Kamado grills at The Home Depot in our Outdoor Cooking section.

Check out our Grilling Tips and Tricks playlist, too, on YouTube for more grilling ideas.

Follow our Grills and Outdoor Cooking board on Pinterest for grill ideas. For more fun outdoor DIYs, follow our Backyard Ideas board on Pinterest.

Find more grilling ideas and backyard ideas on our blog.

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