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Serving table for Kamado cooker


Slurprun
Slurprun
Slurprun
Slurprun

I LOVE my Kamado grill. I've made everything from 18 hour pulled pork to two minute napoletana pizza on the grill. The Kamado cooker comes with two flanking little flaps posing as side tables. I wanted a large surface for food prep and for serving my creations to my friends and family. The maker of the grill sells a kit to make a basic cart, but I needed drawers to hide utensils and a cabinet to hold the 20lb bag of coal it of sight. My back porch is small so I wanted to build a table that spanned the depth, to get me as large of a table top as possible. I jumped into this project with very little experience in wood working let alone power tools. To figure out what I didn't know, I watched every Ana White DIY video she has ever made, followed by purchasing a pocket hole jig, and a 5-piece ryobi tool set as well as a miter saw. I decided to prevent myself from losing any fingers, I should take some basic wood working classes at my local maker space. This place has everything from a planer to a jointer to table saws. None of my friends were surprised by my diving full on into this project- buying tools, getting a membership to the woodshop in town, and visiting lumber yards in my spare time- as I am known to be serial hobbyist! The guys at Home Depot were impressed I was taking this on by myself, and my bug guy, spraying the yard couldn't believe that I was doing this on my own. In fact, he made me look him in the eyes and promise him I did it it all on my own! I guess its quite the site to see a girl using power tools in their garage! Even my neighbor waking his dog was intrigued enough to stop in and see what I was up to. Everyone has been surprisingly impressed... Including me!!

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  • This is astounding work! It sure looks like all your through research and preparation paid off. The construction, the finish, everything on this project turned out beautifully. Tell us more about that design! Was that something you were able to find online or did you create it yourself?
    By RYOBI Nation, on September 6, 2016

  • Thanks! I created this design myself, but it was after watching numerous Youtube videos of others building their own. I combined their work with what I wanted out of the table, improvising as needed. My initial drawings and sketches were a good starting point, but as I begun building and learning new techniques, I was able to incorporate those types of things in. For example, I was planning on just pocket holing the drawer boxes together, but learned how to dado the pieces for a better fit. I also stopped by my local woodworking store and they showed me how to use a small hand planer, the kind with just the blade, so I could soften the edges on the drawer fronts and table top. There are definitely mistakes all over this table, and things I would do differently, but all in all, I'm super happy with how this came out!
    By Slurprun, on September 6, 2016

  • That's terrific that you learned from others and added your own elements. We can't wait to see what you come up with in the future. Expecting great things!
    By RYOBI Nation, on September 6, 2016

  • That is gorgeous! To think this is one of your first projects is amazing. Your attention to detail on the drawer fronts is beautiful. I have a feeling you will be enjoying this for years.
    By mrpip, on September 14, 2016

  • Thanks MrPip, yeah, I was kinda surprised I could do this. It took me a month, and I researched every part of this thing and how to properly put it together. I also took a woodshop class during the process so I learned a lot, mainly how to use all the tools appropriately. I also spent a few hours at Rockler chatting with one of their employees, and he showed me a few things. The scariest/hardest part of this was putting the big hole in the table top. The bit kept coming loose in the collet of the router when I turned it on.... I made a ton of mistakes making this, and lots of things I'd do differently next time, but most of the booboos are hidden or not noticeable to others (ie - 3 tries to hang the cabinet door, 3 sets of random holes, nail that came through the table top, brad nailing things crooked and having to drill holes around the nail to needle nose plier them out).
    By Slurprun, on September 14, 2016

  • Don't beat yourself up. EVERY project has mistakes that only you will see. It took me years to get over that. I would give away something and immediately tell the recipient all the things that are wrong with it. My take is only time and work will make that go away. This is a beautiful project you should be proud of. I love the fact you didn't use all pine and finished it in different colors. Again congrats and hope to see more of your work.
    By mrpip, on September 16, 2016

  • This is fantastic! Very nice job!
    By 0_LGBYBB, on September 22, 2016

  • Wow!! This project is stellar!!! I love everything about it!! Beautiful work!!
    By Build It Craft It Love It, on August 4, 2017

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Serving table for Kamado cooker

by Slurprun
Sep 05, 2016
Medium ca2bf5bd 3494 45aa bc5c 762927703f68

I LOVE my Kamado grill. I've made everything from 18 hour pulled pork to two minute napoletana pizza on the grill. The Kamado cooker comes with two flanking little flaps posing as side tables. I wanted a large surface for food prep and for serving my creations to my friends and family. The maker of the grill sells a kit to make a basic cart, but I needed drawers to hide utensils and a cabinet to hold the 20lb bag of coal it of sight. My back porch is small so I wanted to build a table that spanned the depth, to get me as large of a table top as possible. I jumped into this project with very little experience in wood working let alone power tools. To figure out what I didn't know, I watched every Ana White DIY video she has ever made, followed by purchasing a pocket hole jig, and a 5-piece ryobi tool set as well as a miter saw. I decided to prevent myself from losing any fingers, I should take some basic wood working classes at my local maker space. This place has everything from a planer to a jointer to table saws. None of my friends were surprised by my diving full on into this project- buying tools, getting a membership to the woodshop in town, and visiting lumber yards in my spare time- as I am known to be serial hobbyist! The guys at Home Depot were impressed I was taking this on by myself, and my bug guy, spraying the yard couldn't believe that I was doing this on my own. In fact, he made me look him in the eyes and promise him I did it it all on my own! I guess its quite the site to see a girl using power tools in their garage! Even my neighbor waking his dog was intrigued enough to stop in and see what I was up to. Everyone has been surprisingly impressed... Including me!!