Patio side table

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Project by BenchDawg posted 09-13-2011 10:23 PM 2698 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I spent about 10 days back on the West coast at my vacation house and happened upon a project that just sort of formed out of the blue.

I had an old gas grill that had fought the good fight but had long ago given up working to any degree. For the last few years, it had occupied some prime space on the patio doing nothing more than deteriorating in the Pacific Northwest rain and collecting critters.

I was tearing it apart to haul the whole thing to the recyclers when I got down to just the main frame and got an idea. I have needed a side table for the smoker I built a few years back. Although I don’t have an extensive workshop at the cabin, I do have some basic tools; a saber saw, a palm sander and a drill.

I started by painting the remaining framework the same high heat flat black that I touch up the smoker with. Then I grabbed some cedar fence rails that I had on hand and whipped together this nifty side table. I just pull it down to the smoker when I am in residence.

I incorporated a small shelf that is located under the table for some extra storage. The tabletop is four cedar planks tacked to two support pieces that are screwed into the grill tubing on either side. The tubing already had the pre-drilled holes from the preexisting plastic shelves so I had little to no prep work to do on the grill framing (other than painting).

The grill frame was somewhat wobbly without all of its support pieces. There was a couple of stabilizing bars high on the frameworks that I tacked a board to, to give it extra rigidity. By the time I added the tabletop, the whole thing was rock solid. I did add some additional bracing under the tabletop to keep the center portion of the table rigid.

One of the grandkids hauled up a piece of driftwood that she claimed looked “like a handle”, so I cobbled together some supporting pieces to surround and support it. These pieces gave me several options for driving screws from different angles to hold the handle rigid.

I had some Tung oil on hand and finished the woodwork with that. I store it in the garage when I am away but I am thinking that I will give it another light sand and a few coats of varnish on my next trip.

I don’t think I have more than a five-dollar bill in the whole project and it turned out to be a great way to have a functional table and save the landfill as well!

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#1 posted 09-13-2011 11:20 PM

Nice Job. . . I think they call this ”Creative Thinking On the Fly” .

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA. [email protected]

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#2 posted 09-14-2011 02:17 AM

Great thinking! Wish I saved my old one now.

-- Ben

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#3 posted 09-14-2011 02:51 AM

Great Rescue and Reuse. Have to admit it does look like a handle :)


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 09-14-2011 10:41 AM

niice table and great recycling
thank´s for sharing


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#5 posted 09-14-2011 01:49 PM

Thats a very nice side table and story. It looks like a high dollar custom outdoor furniture piece. Being from NC as I am, I do hope your BBQ is based on the pig?

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#6 posted 09-14-2011 11:02 PM

I built the BBQ about 6 years ago. It required three food-grade barrels and a couple of stove kits from a company called Vogelzang. I’ve been very successful doing brisket, ribs, pork butt and the occasional chinook salmon. Beans are good as well. the bottom barrel is lined with firebrick and I use predominately a hard wood, such as alder and fruit woods. The top barrel has an expanded metal rack. It smokes very nicely!

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#7 posted 09-15-2011 12:46 AM

Man, I like that smoker

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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