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Old 09-06-2012, 06:47 AM   #1
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Here is a little project I put together over the holiday but haven't had a chance to use it yet. I became tired of putting my grill close to something to work off of for food staging and plating and looked at a few ideas on several sites.

I went with this simple design (28"x72") and although personally untested, others have built similar tables using the Weber Kettle, either keeping the legs attached or suspending it in some fashion. I added casters so I can move it anywhere and it's just 2-4x4, 4-2x4 and 5-Deck Boards, all together about $65. I used some 3" mending plates to suspend and offset the kettle by an inch from the wood. I don't think I'll get any wood charring as the fire is down low in the basin but I can either add another inch of airspace or flashing if needed very easily.

All in all it was was fun project since it rained so much over the weekend. I added a Shiner Starr X opener and will add a simple tool/spice rack to the uprights. I added my ash pan this evening and hung it below the vents in it's original location with wire. I will add a Rubbermaid storage container for my lump charcoal and starting material.

I plan to only seal the table top but I will wait at least a month as the boards were very wet and green during assembly. Is this about right? I had someone tell me to wait 6 months. It will be out of the weather. I did sand the top smooth today, it's nice and slick.

Here it is,,,
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:50 AM   #2
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very nice!
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:17 AM   #3
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:27 AM   #4
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Awesome!

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Old 09-06-2012, 07:48 AM   #5
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Man that is heavy duty. Great job!
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:22 AM   #6
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Cool idea
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:28 AM   #7
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That is an awesome idea!
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:26 PM   #8
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greatness... i will use this...... thanks...
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:15 PM   #9
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Nice work! I have a smaller Weber that a mini-version of that would provide some much needed workspace when cooking. How will you deal with dropping/ catching the ash now that the aluminum dish is not underneath now?
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:05 PM   #10
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thats purdy slick...
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:58 PM   #11
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Nice wood work, let us know how it works and how the wood holds up to the heat
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:00 PM   #12
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:16 PM   #13
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Bill, I hung the ash pan back under the vents with wire. I think it will work fine as it's closer to the bowl already. Some setups actually have a galvanized water pail hunter from the wing nut on the vents. I'll modify if necessary but it should suffice.
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:19 PM   #14
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Pretty kool
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Old 09-07-2012, 04:25 PM   #15
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hell yeah, that'll work. complete with bottle top opener !
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Old 09-07-2012, 04:27 PM   #16
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Awesome idea, still just wanna hear how the wood holds up to the heat
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:21 PM   #17
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I was thinking of doing something similar but use 1/2" Hardibacker and slate for the top. You wouldn't have to worry about the heat that way.

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Old 09-07-2012, 05:37 PM   #18
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I like it. May have to do something similar.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:21 PM   #19
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nice work
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:54 AM   #20
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Rudey, There are several out there set up like that with a hardiboard top and broken tile mosaic style tops. You can look at some pretty sweet setups at "the naked whiz" in the galleries.

I think if there is going to be an issue it would be with the 2x4 supports under the table. I will find out today and try to take some pictures. We are grilling steaks so it will be the first test.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:39 AM   #21
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Here is an updated photo run of a small test I did last night, lol. I added a few mods to get it a little more streamlined and easier to use. I added my shelf & hangers for utensils, a door pull to hang the lid, extra hooks for grate/tools and a cap catcher for my opener. I'm using 50# tablet buckets(cleaned of course) that I painted for briquets, lump & lighting supplies.

If you look at the Charcoal Rocket photo, you can see the offset from grill to table. After last night, I have no worries about the table or underside getting hot. The posts on that side got warm but nothing to be concerned with, about the same as being exposed to direct sunlight.

Here are a few pictures, this is the ash catcher reattached.
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The setup ready to go,
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Charcoal Rocket, see the offset?
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Cap Catcher, I like these,,,
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Something to pass the time, Thanks Cameron!!
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Ready to cook,
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Sorry about the final pictures, once the food is done, I tend to loose focus on picture taking.

Feel free to PM if you have any questions, it was an easy build, neat presentation and all your gear can be in one place. It will sure make things easier.
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:10 AM   #22
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My Weber is the Gold...so the ash pan is actually an aluminum pot. I think it will finish out good. Great project. I like it and will do something similar.

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Old 09-10-2012, 01:27 PM   #23
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may I suggest a gal metal bucket for your drippings / ashes ?
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:30 PM   #24
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looks good!....may wanna keep it away from the house though...once it sets out in the texas heat for awhile itll be easier to catch on fire
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:29 PM   #25
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:51 PM   #26
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Mike,

I have been looking for something like this for a while and your idea is exactly what I have been trying to find. I hope that you don't mind, but I built one using your design this past weekend. I made a small change to the floor by insetting a piece of slate in the middle for my charcoal chimney. I can dump my red hot coals and immediately put the charcoal chimney on the slate without worrying about the wood floor becoming charred.

Great build and again, thanks for the idea. I'll post pictures of mine as soon as I get it stained. I still have to do the last board across the bottom and also put in the spice rack board.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:54 PM   #27
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:32 PM   #28
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That is one cool idea!
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:11 PM   #29
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That's pretty functional
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:46 PM   #30
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I will definately be doing this when i get a yard, did you put something on their to weather proof or is it under neath your porch
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:53 AM   #31
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Here is the copy that I made. The table top is 40 3/4" high and I included the slate that is cut into the bottom so that I can put my charcoal chimney straight onto it without having to worry about burning the wood. I've got to find some stainless hangers for the utensils and cooking grate while the coals are heating up.





This shows the T-bracket the ties the Weber in side-to-side and the 1" air gap that keeps the heat in the kettle from burning the wood of the table top.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:55 AM   #32
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One more project to put on the list.
Ya'll are as bad as my wife, at this rate I'll never be done.
Great build and great idea!!!
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:58 AM   #33
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This is awesome...I will be building one.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:37 AM   #34
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Here is the copy that I made. The table top is 40 3/4" high and I included the slate that is cut into the bottom so that I can put my charcoal chimney straight onto it without having to worry about burning the wood. I've got to find some stainless hangers for the utensils and cooking grate while the coals are heating up.





This shows the T-bracket the ties the Weber in side-to-side and the 1" air gap that keeps the heat in the kettle from burning the wood of the table top.
Beautiful work!
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:12 PM   #35
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cool man
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:00 PM   #36
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Gotta have one......thanks for adding to my work list...LOL !!!
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:14 PM   #37
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Very nice tables.
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:15 PM   #38
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Black iron utensil hangers


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Old 03-04-2013, 05:49 PM   #39
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Man what a great idea, really great work.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:56 PM   #40
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:00 PM   #41
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Excellent job!
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:14 PM   #42
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I like it
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:31 PM   #43
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That is so cool. Just not enough time to do it all.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:40 AM   #44
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:19 PM   #45
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I like this a lot. Like having an outdoor kitchen at a fraction of cost. Very nice. Looks like a good project for the lease also.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:12 PM   #46
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i built one and it turned out not as pretty but really useful... thanks for the thread....
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:45 PM   #47
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Wow. Great idea. Awesome
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Awesome!!!

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Old 04-16-2013, 12:17 PM   #49
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Wow! That's sweet!

So.... Cap Catcher - what is it? A giant magnet? Does it catch as they fall?
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