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DIY Grill Station with Concrete Top

Build this DIY grill station for your next backyard BBQ! Perfect for a prep space, tabletop grill or pizza oven, with durable concrete pavers on top.

DIY Grill Station

Have a tiny balcony or patio space, but still want to grill? This small DIY grill station is just what you need! It gives you plenty of room to cook, and can also be used as a bar or serving area.

The top is made from two concrete pavers, which are heat-resistant, so you don't have to worry about a stray ember setting your apartment on fire. When the grill cools off, you can store it on the shelf underneath!

DIY grill station with tabletop grill stored on shelf below

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I built this grill station specifically for our Ooni wood fire pizza oven, which can get up to 800 degrees! It always made me nervous to use it on our wooden outdoor table, and we didn't have a good place to store it after the oven cooled down.

Now it fits perfectly on our deck between our propane grill and the outdoor loveseat! Casters underneath allow us to roll it away from the deck railing and position it for easier access.

DIY grill station with pizza oven

After allowing the pizza oven to cool overnight, it can be stored away on the shelf underneath so we can use the top for prep space next to the grill.

DIY grill station with tabletop pizza oven stored underneath

It's a quick and easy woodworking project that only requires a few boards to make! Here's how to build your own!

Materials needed

Download the woodworking plans

Before you start, download the woodworking plans for this DIY grill station by clicking the box below. These printable plans include the cut list, 3D models of each step, and detailed instructions in a checklist format so you can keep track of your progress!

Cut the 2x4 pieces

If your grill station will be left outside in the rain or snow, you should use rot-resistant wood such as cedar or pressure treated lumber. Cut three 2x4 boards down to size with a miter saw or circular saw.

cut 2x4 pieces for DIY grill station

Partway through the build, I decided to trim off the rounded edges at the table saw so the joints looked nicer. But that step is totally optional!

Drill pocket holes

I used my Kreg Jig K5 to drill pocket holes in both ends of all the frame pieces.

Then I sanded all the parts with 120 grit sandpaper to remove any splinters and get them nice and smooth.

sanding cut pieces before assembling grill station

Assemble the grill station frame

Start by putting together two legs with the shorter pieces in between.

assembled leg for DIY grill station

Then connect the two leg assemblies together with the longer stretchers on the top and bottom.

stretcher attached to legs of DIY grill station

Attach the bottom shelf slats

I wanted the shelf slats to be flush with the top edge of the shelf frame, so the ends wouldn't be exposed. You could easily skip this step and place the shelf slats on top instead.

I rummaged around in my scrap wood pile and found two cedar 1x2 pieces left over from my outdoor plant stand project that were just long enough to fit inside the frame. Score!

Use one of the shelf slats as a spacer to position the cleat, then nail or screw it into place on the inside of the frame.

using the shelf slat as a spacer to install the cleat

Cut the shelf slats to fit, then space them evenly across the bottom. You can use a brad nailer or finish nailer to attach the shelf slats to the cleats, or drill countersink holes and screw them into place.

Add the center support

These concrete pavers are pretty heavy, so I decided to add some extra support in the middle of the top. Cut this piece to fit between the front and back stretchers, then attach it with pocket hole screws. Make sure the top edges are flush, so the pavers sit flat.

adding the center support for the concrete pavers on top of the DIY grill station

Sand and apply finish

Since I trimmed off all the rounded edges before assembly, the corners were pretty sharp! I smoothed them over by hand with 220 grit sandpaper, then sanded the rest of the grill station up to 180 grit.

sanding over the sharp corners of the DIY grill station

I recently stained our deck, and I used the left over stain on the wooden grill station so it would match.

Add casters (optional)

I wanted to be able to move the grill station around on the deck, depending on how we planned to use it that day. These small casters fit perfectly on the bottom of the 2x4 legs, and screw into the side and the bottom for a more secure hold.

Make sure your wheels lock so your grill cart doesn't roll away! They should also be weather resistant, so look for stainless steel or chromium plated casters that won't rust.

casters attached to the legs of the grill station

Place the concrete pavers on top

These concrete pavers can be pretty rough, so I gave mine a quick hand sanding with 60 grit sandpaper to smooth them out and knock off the loose bits.

Run a bead of masonry construction adhesive around the top of the frame, then position the concrete pavers on top. There should be a bit of overhang around all four sides so rain can drip off without running down the sides.

concrete pavers positioned on top of grill stand

Fire up the grill!

We have a little charcoal grill for camping, so I tested out my new grill station with that first. It fits perfectly on one side, with plenty of room for all your ingredients on the other.

This piece is so versatile! I could imagine using it as a bar, a buffet table, or even for potted plants! So what are you waiting for? Download the plans to build your own grill station and get cooking!

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michael kelton

Saturday 18th of June 2022

i like, only i wont have a pizza oven on mine i will have a 6" grizzly jointer on top and a dewalt thickness planer on the bottom, thanks for the idea