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Build Your Own Outdoor Grill Cart

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If you’re looking for a great way to bring a cozy, rustic touch to your home, a DIY wood serving cart is a great option. Not only are they great for entertaining, but they can also be used as a side table, bar cart, or even a storage solution.

diy outdoor bar + grill cart

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned DIYer, creating your own wood serving cart is a project.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started.

First, you’ll need to gather the materials needed for the project.

Exterior wood glue
Exterior stain
Exterior kreg screws
Butcher block or similar
Stem caster wheels

• miter saw
• drill
kreg pocket hole jig
• orbital sander

Cut List:

4 – 2×2 @ 30″

6 – 2×2 @ 17 7/8″

2 – 1×3 @ 17 7/8″

6 – 1×3 @ 19 5/16″

22″ x 24.5″ butcher block

Step 1: Assemble.

Once you have all the materials ready, you can begin building the frame. Attach the (4) 17 7/8″ sides to each 30″ leg using Kreg screws and wood glue.

Next attach the remaining two 2x2s @ 17 7/8″ in the front and back to create the lower shelf, approximately 8″ from the bottom.

Once the frame is complete, you can add the shelf slats. For the spacing, create a 1/8″ gap between the 2×2 and 1×3; then 1/2″ gap between each 1×3.

Attach the two 1×3 @ 17 7/8″ to the sides of the shelf to complete the framing.

Step 2: Sand.

To prep for your finish, sand the entire piece using 220 grit sandpaper.

Step 3: Apply the finish.

Next, it’s time to add the stem caster wheels. Drill holes for the wheels into the frame and insert the stem grip using a mallet or hammer. Click the caster wheel into the grip.

You can then add a handle to the top of the frame.

Finally, it’s time to finish the cart. For the lower portion of the grill cart, I used one coat of Cabot stain in a solid finish. Color – Newburyport Blue

The butcher block was stained Early American and sealed with 3 coats of polycrylic.

diy outdoor bar + grill cart

Once you’ve finished your DIY wood serving cart, you’ll have a unique and beautiful piece of furniture that’s perfect for entertaining.