So it’s Earth Day. Woo-hoo. 😐 I try to think like that most of the time, so it’s not really a once-a-year event for me. But I suddenly saw the irony of the date as I was loading up the station wagon with a load of junk that a friend offered to let me chuck into his dumpster. I had a project just sitting there waiting for me.
Rusted through! I used this $19.99 charcoal BBQ grill for 4 or 5 seasons and when I opened it this spring, I could see right through it. Oh well, time for a new one. So I got a replacement that didn’t have the little plate shelf.
With this old grill in the garage awaiting death, on Sunday I grilled for the first time of the season. I really, REALLY missed that little wooden counter space to put my stuff. I figured I was just going to have to buy a little table to set next to my cheap grill.
Then, as I was about to throw away the old grill it hit me! That’s a pretty nice framework under there! That part isn’t rusty at all!. Hey let’s make THAT into a table! I just need more slats!
I found a piece of scrap plywood in the garage and ripped it down to size on the table saw. An hour of drilling and sanding and it was done.
I put a coat of water seal on it, but I might still end up painting the whole thing to get a bit more consistency. I’m not totally digging the look of old wood with new, but I did make a free table from stuff on hand and I did avoid throwing the frame and wheels in the trash!
Here it is next to it’s new cousin. I think they will be happy together.
Update: 6 months later…
After a couple seasons outside in the weather, the table is holding up perfectly and has acquired a more uniform look. I decided not to paint it and I am glad I didn’t. The boards match pretty well now and I’m very happy with this. I’ll have this around for several more years.
After 6 months weathering outside
UPDATE in 2012:
This table is still standing next to my grill outside, a few years later, and working out wonderfully.
Well, in this case it’s BEHIND the grill, but there it is. The red grill shown in this picture isn’t the same one shown a few pictures above. It’s very similar, but was made with thinner metal, flimsier legs and no extra cooking shelf inside.