I have dreamed about having a fancy, stone-covered grilling station for years. The problem was the expensive price tag. So, I decided to make my own! I didn’t want something stationary because our grill is on our deck and needs to be moved. My solution was to attach the stone directly to our grill. 🙂
This is what it looked like last week.
I started by building a frame to fit under the grill’s “wings”. I used 1×2’s and 2″ screws to construct the frames.
If you are doing this yourself, just measure the dimensions carefully. Unfortunately, every grill is different so I can’t give you exact dimensions. Also make sure to add a middle support for more stability.
For the front and side I decided to use metal sheeting. I found this at the hardware store in the aisle with duct material. I laid the frame on top of the sheeting and used a sharpie to make my mark.
Tin snips cut the metal easily. Be sure to use gloves when cutting metal for safety.
To attach the metal to the frame I used a new product by Elmer’s, called ProBond Advanced. ProBond Advanced is the perfect multi-surface adhesive for bonding mixed materials, like wood to metal without any of the foam residue. It’s has a 100% weatherproof and performance guarantee, all while eliminating the hassle of foam residue.
To allow the product to bond successfully, I laid the metal on a flat surface with the frame over it, and then placed some heavy objects on the top of the frame.
The ProBond gave me a strong bond and held the metal and wood together great!
Here are the finished frames. They are amazingly light, too!
To attach the frames to the grill, I used the pre-existing holes on the sides and drilled a few extra holes under the “wings”.
I got the stone veneer and recommended adhesive at the hardware store. It was really easy to work with and I only needed two boxes to complete this project. (You can cut it with a hacksaw. 🙂 )
I recommend that you start in the corners and from the bottom.
The whole process took me a few days but I think it came out great!!
You can see from this picture that there is a gap under the stone. (Remember, I wanted to be able to move mine around.)
To give it the appearance of a built-in, I found two larger pieces of stone (also from the hardware store, outside in the garden section) to put under each side.
This project cost me around $150 total. That’s a LOT less than you could purchase something like this pre-made.
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