While not completely done, it's getting close. The only material we bought was Douglas Fir 4x4's for the frame and some outdoor hardware. Almost everything else was 1/2",3/4", and 1" pallet wood. It was some good stuff too like oak, cherry, heart pine. I kept the rack from my old smoker and used it to hold the soap stone, grill grates, divider, and accessories rack from the KJ. I didn't mount the KJ inside the table because I wanted to roll it out from under the awning when we're blasting the coals for pizza and searing. I have perforated steel boxes that I setup for hot items.
I'ts been beaten and torched, planed, and sanded.... I still need to stain and seal the wood then we should be in business.
To make a long story short, I had gotten a new classic about a year ago that had some serious alignment problems between the lid and the bottom part. I had sent some pics to KJ, thinking that perhaps all I needed was a new hinge, and maybe some bands. When they saw the pics, they promptly called and said - "Can't be fixed, new grill on the way". Meanwhile, the problem had gotten to the point I was getting concerned about even putting the lid up and down. New grill came, now what to do with the old one??? Parted it out, and came up with the idea of using the bottom for a fire pit. I was thinking something along the lines of digging out a small area in the lawn and just setting it in. Well, when I brought the idea up to the Mrs, the project just started growing. Here is what we came up with.
Digging out the area:
Leveling the stone...
Compacting the stone...
Pavers going down...
Finished product, new grass already starting to grow...
We fired it up Monday nite for the first. It made some spectacular S'mores, I think because the heat radiates in so evenly from the ceramic sides. I even have an old grate that fits over the top if we want to do burgers over live fire. It was a LOT of work, even for such a small area. Fortunately, we had all the equipment and tools we needed from out business, and were able to do it all ourselves. Not sure if I would have tackled this if we would have had to hire an excavator. We are very pleased, and the Mrs. is ecstactic, which is all that matters!!
Decided I didn't want to bend to cook.
Took off to lowes and bought $150 worth of cedar wood and screws.
Got the basics from the web and changed the design just a bit to fit my patio. I've never built a table and will never do it again. But 5 hrs later.
My very first woodworking project so it had to be a table for my Vision. Almost lost a thumb making it (rookie lack of respect for the table saw), but it was totally worth it! Unveiled it in time for a Thanksgiving turkey smoke. Might be my imagination, but that turkey tasted even better than past years before I had this table
All cedar, but was able to get darker colored cedar for the posts so it has nice color contrast. Cherry stain for everything except the black on the cupboard doors. Found the granite for the top for $5 in my neighborhood (a minor miracle). Favorite item is the Rev-a-Shelf two drawer slider.