BBQ Island update Metal Vrs Wood

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Project by Ken90712 posted 04-11-2010 05:21 PM 24523 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Update to those that have been asking where I have been?

Thx by the way.

I know its not wood, but we have termites in Southern California and its my woodworking skills that allow me the confidence to build this. The island is now framed and we only need to build the back-splash and then its time to cement board this baby! Next we put on the black ledge stone and have the Granite people come make the template. We have ordered the fake grass and are so looking Fwd to finishing this backyard remodel. The party invite will be posted!!!!!

As always thx for looking and help is always welcome, e mail for address…LOL

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

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#1 posted 04-11-2010 06:09 PM

OK, I am officially jealous!!!

We will have to start calling you “Bobby Flay boy meets grill”.

I love it!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 04-11-2010 06:13 PM

Frankly this is just the smart way to build anymore. I finished a similar BBQ Island. I covered the metal studs with durarock and we gave it a stucco finish with occasional glassy tile accents. The client put stone on top and it looks sweet.

Woodworking is an ever evolving craft. As improvements in tools and tecniques occur so changes the materials.

I kinda liked the look of the open frame and have been working on ideas for my oen to be so skeletal, wife approving of course.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#3 posted 04-11-2010 06:30 PM

nice job! did the project require any welding? it looks really sturdy.

-- ---ray suppan--- anger + woodworking = -finger AHHHHHHHH!!!!

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#4 posted 04-11-2010 07:09 PM

Awesome job on the metal wook looks very good. I love wood, but sometime some things are better with metal. Fantastic job.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#5 posted 04-11-2010 09:10 PM

you are right it ainĀ“t wood but I most amit it looks great sofare



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#6 posted 04-11-2010 10:17 PM

The concept is brilliant and the construction true.
While it is not wood working per se… the method is similar and as you say the confidence born of WW transfers into other mediums.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 04-11-2010 11:58 PM

Nice job, I just finished my outdoor kitchen. Metal studs is the only way to go.

-- Amateure wood worker,I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. Thomas Jefferson

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#8 posted 04-12-2010 01:46 AM

As a fellow Cali…..I ended up building mine out of cinder blocks. See, you need one of these outdoor cooking areas in Southern Cal. Very nice job. When’s dinner?

-- Wow, that was easy. Just follow the directions and use some common sense.

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#9 posted 04-12-2010 04:16 AM

OK I got my sunglasses on now. WOW, great job. Maybe add a wood cutting board, that will make it official.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#10 posted 04-12-2010 04:13 PM

Great timing. Summer’s almost here. Love the ledge stone selection. The granite will really make it a classy addition to the backyard. I was hoping to build one of these in Livermore a couple of years ago, but the homeowner could no longer get home equity loans. I watched a DIY TV series all about this project. Nicely done, and looking forward to the finished project photos.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#11 posted 04-16-2010 08:21 PM

Metal studs are the only way to go on a project like this, I have done a couple with metal and one with wood and the metal is a better application. save the wood for what is seen. It looks great by the way I am sure you will enjoy it.


-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#12 posted 10-21-2014 06:25 PM

Thanks for showing the process. I’m planning something very similar and was trying to figure out how use steel studs to frame it.

Any thought on the 2-1/2” steel channels and studs at Home Depot? I was thinking the 2×3 nominal size would be plenty strong for a outdoor island and leave more room for shelves.

California Heights, Long Beach, CA

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