This outdoor kitchen island was designed to be used as a food preparation station next to the grill. Because the island was planned as an outdoor piece, I used cedar lumber and stainless steel screws. The same design could be made using standard 2x4s and deck screws for a little less money. Even though the wood bottom looks quite intricate, it's actually quite easy to make. Only a few cross cuts are needed to create it. The assembly is done with stainless steel screws. I used grey Quikrete Commercial Grade Countertop Mix cast into a melamine form to make the top. It's as smooth and hard as stone but weighs about 200 lbs.
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Quikrete Commercial Grade Countertop mix (in grey)
36” Long 1 ¼” Square Fir Balusters
¾” Melamine Board (two 2' by 4' sheets cut into 2 1/2" strips at Home Depot)
2x4s and 1x4s (cedar lumber)
3”, 2 ½” and 1 5/8” Stainless Steel Screws
also by Homemade Modern