Outdoor BBQ station

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Project by Greg Sherman posted 06-15-2017 10:15 PM 1849 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Lumberjocks,
I have enclosed pics of the BBQ workstation (kitchen counter height 35”) that I made recently. This is an outdoor project and is supposed to have an outdoor/rough look; i.e. not fine furniture. The top is a two inch thick live edge walnut slab that I picked up last year in Rodeo Ca. I split it down the middle and placed a small slab of Madrone (from Foresthill, Ca.) in the middle. The entire slab had to be planed and resurfaced top and bottom to the point you see it now. I built a frame work from pressure treated lumber and skinned the frame with two different rough sawn redwoods, different thicknesses as well. I left the redwood as is, mill marks and all. At this point the finish is a Tung Oil. The last picture is prior final sanding and Tung Oil.
Thanks for checking out the Outdoor BBQ station

-- Greg, Brentwood CA

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#1 posted 06-15-2017 10:38 PM

Came out nice. I like the thickness and the live edge. Great job on the finish as well.

But, you could at least have christened it with a bottle of Booker’s :)

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 06-15-2017 10:51 PM

Looks great to me.

You deserve a shot of that “Jack” for the fine work!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 06-15-2017 11:02 PM

great looking bbq table greg,and the food looks pretty good too,so whens the next get together?im only about a half hour away,just say when,ill bring the napkins-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 06-16-2017 02:13 PM

Love the rought outdoor look, would love to visit one of your bbqs :)

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#5 posted 06-16-2017 03:15 PM

This is a very nice piece and the wood is beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 06-16-2017 05:28 PM

I keep saying I need to build one of these but I haven’t made it far enough down the “to-do” list. Yours looks great and offers a different perspective with the walnut slab. I’m curious what the back side looks like – are there doors, or drawers for storage?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#7 posted 06-18-2017 01:05 AM

First of all I love Norton’s. Then I like what you have done.

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#8 posted 06-19-2017 02:50 PM

Sorry for the delay in responding -travel.
The back is wide open, with the exception of some stout bracing. No shelving, although that would be easy to add in. Doors were not required and since it’s outdoors, open is better – less chance of being surprised by a critter. Jimmy Diresta made one of these for a tasting celebration in Arizona – much inspiration from that build.

-- Greg, Brentwood CA

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