Grill tool holder

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Project by Ryan Sandler posted 03-25-2019 07:45 PM 410 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I recently got a new grill as a birthday present. My new grill is better than my old falling-apart Weber kettle in almost every way, but I’d gotten used to being able to hang both tools and the grill lid on the handles of the Weber, and the new grill doesn’t have a good hanging solution. So I thought I would build something to hang on my deck rail, and get in a little bit of dovetail practice. The whole thing is built out of cedar and was left unfinished. The hooks were cut on the bandsaw, hot glued together so they’d be identical, and mortised into the front piece.

If it’s a bit odd looking, that’s because the build was a comedy of errors, or perhaps a cautionary tale for why you should always measure twice, cut once (and, in the case of dovetails, mark everything). The idea was for it to sit flat on top of the rails, you see. On my first attempt, however, I found myself cutting the tails on the front piece backwards (or rather, cutting giant pins when I meant to be cutting tails). Chucked the pieces in the trash and resolved to try again.

But I got to thinking that maybe I could just cut the failed tails off, have a shorter front piece, and go from there. So I fished the pieces out of the trash, and had another go. I cut my dovetails, fitted, glued…and then realized that the top piece was too short for the device to fit over the deck rail. How did that happen? I measured so carefully.

Well, it appears that when I thought I was cutting tails in the front piece the first time, I was actually cutting pins in the top piece! So when I cut off those abortive tails, I sabotaged any hope of the thing working as planned. The front, which was never long enough to be the top, was now the top, and the top, now a tail’s length too short, was now the front. Astute viewers will also note the off-color sapwood appearing on top. This was another screw up. Front, top and back were all cut from the same panel, and should have been all heartwood showing. But because I don’t pay enough attention, I cut the pins on the top the wrong way around, requiring me to have the sapwood showing. D’oh!

So, I improvised. Glued a piece of 6/4 stock with a rabbet onto the back to catch the back of the deck rail (great chance to try out my new dado set and router plane!).

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#1 posted 03-25-2019 09:03 PM

LOl… My friend you should jump into the 2019 LJ Backyard BBQ Swap. This would be an excellent swap item.

If you don’t I may steal your idea ans send it to HokieKen or Lazyman

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#2 posted 03-25-2019 11:15 PM

Very Nice Indeed! & Well Done!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 03-25-2019 11:54 PM

Pretty cool idea…..well done!!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#4 posted 03-26-2019 12:24 AM

What grill did you get?

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#5 posted 03-26-2019 03:38 AM

Creative, I like it!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 03-26-2019 04:53 PM

Excellent idea Ryan and great work!

LOl… My friend you should jump into the 2019 LJ Backyard BBQ Swap. This would be an excellent swap item.

If you don t I may steal your idea ans send it to HokieKen or Lazyman

- Bill Berklich

Unfortunately, there are no rails on my patio Bill. I’ll need a stand to go with it please :-))

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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