Grill Stand Fit for a Woodworker
When Anissa Kapsales wrote the article on James Krenov’s Smart Sawhorses in issue #208 I realized that having a set for myself was in order.
For the issue, Anissa built a new set of sawhorses based on Krenov’s design. With that set of sawhorses lingering around the office for a spell, it was clear that I wanted to build a set for myself.
So some time ago I took some white oak and basswood scraps that I had been hoarding for some time and made a pair. I’ve been using them here and there for some time now. At first they were my workbench with a scrap sheet of plywood bridging the span. They performed a wide variety of duties, including holding windowpanes at the right height for painting last fall and winter. Of course I had to cover them to keep the paint off.
Well, this spring I moved again and my nice set of sawhorses ended up becoming the stand for my little gas grill on the deck. We had company coming for a cookout one weekend and I just couldn’t grill on the picnic table anymore. Again with a piece of plywood spanning the gap between the horses, it was just about right for grilling on my Baby Q Weber. After about a week of moving the sawhorses in and out of the weather I started on a plan for making a grill stand out of this one piece of white cedar 6 by 6 that I had left over from making the top to my picnic table.
The design is essentially the same as the sawhorses. The big difference is that I made one set of feet and mortised both pairs of uprights into them giving me a fixed span. I decided to make the height of the table just an inch or so shorter than the height of the sawhorses for a little easier grilling. I simply fastened the tabletop with some screws to the two top stretchers.
I just completed the stand this morning so we’ll have to see if all goes well this weekend. Sounds like grilling time to me. And the best part is; I now have my set of sawhorses back in position for shop duty. So where is that piece of plywood again? I need more work space. Some things never change.
Fine Woodworking associate editor Anissa Kapsales' article in issue #208 inspires a design for a grill stand.
The sawhorses I built in 2010 started out as a stand for the grill on the back deck. A piece of plywood across the top supports worked well for a while, but I lost the use of my sawhorses in the shop.
Finally, the grill gets its own stand. I made it completely from a single 6 by 6 of white cedar. Some resawing, jointing and planning made for some nice lumber for outside on the deck.
It's looking good and ready for some grilling. How about a burger and beer? Don't mind if I do.