Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Redwood counters for the outdoor kitchen

Well, it wouldn't be summer without a woodworking project, would it?

A complete renovation of our kitchen has driven us outside this summer, and so I've created a temporary kitchen on the patio that has turned out to be very pleasant and functional:

I've enjoyed the experience of cooking and cleaning up outside so much, in fact, that I've decided to make it a little less makeshift. I also have this pile of redwood, left over from a deck we had removed this spring, and I'm looking for projects for it:

I don't want anything that looks heavy or massive, so I've decided to make two trestle counters, one for food preparation and one which will hold a stainless steel sink. Yesterday I milled some boards to freshen the surface and square them up, and glued them together for the top of the prep counter:

When it was dry, I squared the edges and screwed battens to the underside, making sure that I elongated the drill holes for the end screws, to accommodate wood movement:

Today I'll mill the wood for the rest of it, and if all goes well, start on the mortises for the legs. Stay tuned.


  1. The milled redwood is beautiful...How cool that cooking outside has spurred your creativity! Necessity is the mother of all inventions. gail

  2. Love the look of the redwood. There is something satisfying about working with beautiful grain materials.

  3. I am very impressed. Didn't know you channeled Norm Abram (from This Old House). :-)

  4. Great job, wooden furniture looks great on your outdoor kitchen since it matches the surroundings.



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