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DIY Grill Cart

Learn how to easily build a DIY grill cart that’s mobile, functional, and stylish!

With summer officially here, it’s the perfect time to grill and build a DIY grill cart to help make grilling easier! It would also work great as a DIY outdoor cart for entertaining too!

We built this grill table cart for Brandon’s dad, so it’s a great gift idea as well!

The full tutorial, build plans, and video tutorial are below!

DIY grill cart outside

FINAL DIMENSIONS OF GRILL CART: 22 3/4″ wide x 39 1/2″ long x 34″ tall*

*You can adjust the height of this cart by using different casters or adjusting your 2×3 leg cuts if you prefer a taller or shorter work surface. Our 2″ wheel casters actual measurements installed are 2 1/2” tall.

Alternatively, if you just want to use this as a DIY grill table, you can leave the casters off!

DIY grill cart unfinished and finished

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How to Build a DIY Grill Cart:

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Materials:

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DIY Grill Cart Video Tutorial:

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1. Make lumber cuts for the grill cart

Click here for the printable DIY grill cart plans which include the cut list and step by step building steps with easy to follow diagrams!

Use a miter saw and make the following cuts from the 2×4s:

  • (2) 2×4 @ 32 ½″ (for front/back aprons)
  • (2) 2×4 @ 17 ¾″ (for side aprons)

Make the following cuts from the 2×3s:

  • (2) 2×3 @ 32 ½″ (for front/back aprons)
  • (2) 2×3 @ 17 ¾″ (for side aprons)
  • (4) 2×3 @ 30″ (for legs)

Make the following cuts from the 2×6s:

  • (4) 2×6 @ 39 ½″ (for top shelf)

Make the following cuts from the 1×2:

  • (2) 1×2 @ 34 ½″ (for lower shelf)

Make the following cuts from the 1×4:

  • (9) 1×4 @ 17 ¾″ (for lower shelf)
make lumber cuts

2. Add pocket holes to the boards

Make sure the Kreg Jig is set for 1 1/2″ thick wood. Add pocket holes to both ends of the following boards:

  • (2) 2×4 @ 32 ½″ (for front/back aprons)
  • (2) 2×4 @ 17 ¾″ (for side aprons)
  • (2) 2×3 @ 32 ½″ (for front/back aprons)
  • (2) 2×3 @ 17 ¾″ (for side aprons)
add pocket holes to boards

3. Build the side frames of the grill cart

Measure and mark 3 1/2″ up from the bottom of two of the 2x3s @ 30″ (for the legs).

mark 3.5" up on legs

Then, attach a 2×3 @ 17 3/4″ at the these marks with wood glue and 2 1/2″ Kreg screws to attach the two legs together as shown below.

attach 2x3 to legs to create grill cart side

Next, attach a 2×4 @ 17 3/4″ between the legs at the top of the legs with wood glue and Kreg screws to finish the first side of the grill cart.

attach 2x4 to legs to create grill cart side

Repeat these steps again to create the second side frame of the DIY grill cart.

two sides assembled for DIY grill cart

4. Assemble the back and front of the grill cart to the side frames

Attach the two sides frames together and create the back of the grill cart by attaching a 2×4 @ 32 1/2″ at the top of the side frames. Again use wood glue and 2 1/2″ Kreg screws. Also, I used our 48″ clamp to help with this part.

attach 2x4 with pocket holes to side frames to create the back of the cart

Then, attach a 2×3 @ 32 1/2″ towards the bottom, 3 1/2″ up from the bottom of the legs.

attach 2x3 with kreg screws to side frames to create the back of the cart

After attaching the 2×3, hold a 1×4 slat board level with the top of the 2×3 @ 32 1/2″ and mark under the bottom of it. Do this on both sides. Alternatively, you can just mark 3/4″ down from the top of the 2×3 @ 32 1/2″ on both sides.

mark board for placement of slat board supports

Then, attach a 1×2 @ 34 ½″ board at these marks with wood glue and self tapping 1 1/4″ screws (or regular wood screws) at these marks. This is to create a shelf support for the slat boards for our grill cart’s lower shelf.

attach 1x2 slat support boards with screws

Flip the grill cart over and repeat all of the above steps to create the front side of the grill cart.

build the front of the grill cart frame

You can see all of this in action in our DIY grill cart VIDEO tutorial here!

5. Attach the lower shelf slat boards

Now it’s time to attach the lower shelf slat boards. I went ahead and put wood glue down on top of my 1x2s at this point.

Lay the nine 1×4 @ 17 3/4″ slat boards on top of the 1×2 supports, spaced about 3/8″ apart to create the lower shelf. Secure in place with 1 1/4″ brad nails. Note, there won’t be a 3/8″ space on the sides of the first and last slat boards that border the 2×3 side frames.

space out 1x4 slat boards to create lower shelf
attach 1x4 slat boards with a brad nailer and wood glue

6. Stain and paint the DIY grill cart

frame of DIY grill cart or DIY grill table assembled

At this point it’s easiest to paint the bottom part of the grill cart and stain the top 2×6 shelf boards separately before attaching them to the cart frame.

DIY grill cart before staining, painting, and hardware

We started by priming the cart frame and then painted it with two coats of Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams. We made sure to use an exterior paint for this cart since it’s going to be left outside.

For the top 2×6 boards, we used one coat of Valspar semi transparent exterior stain in Pine bark which I had on hand already from our DIY outdoor side table and DIY outdoor chair projects.

7. Attach the top shelf boards to the grill cart frame

Place a 2×6 @ 39 1/2″ board on top of the cart frame so it has a one inch overhang on both sides of the cart and the front of the cart frame.

attach top 2x6 shelf board with a 1" overhang over grill cart frame

Clamp it into place and attach the board to the frame with 2 1/2″ self tapping deck screws on each side. Make sure they are countersunk beneath the wood surface a little bit.

attach 2x6 board to the cart frame with self tapping deck screws

Attach the next three 2×6 boards leaving a 1/4″ gap between each board. All sides of this top shelf should have a 1″ overhang over the cart frame.

attach all of the 2x6 boards to the cart frame with self tapping deck screws to create top of DIY grill table

You can either leave the screws holes unfinished or fill them in with a stainable wood filler like us. After it dried, we sanded it down and touched it up with the wood stain.

8. Install the casters and hardware

Turn the grill cart over and attach the caster wheels centered on the 2×3 leg ends. For our threaded casters, we pre-drilled a 3/8″ hole, tapped the spiky piece in with a hammer, and then inserted the caster so it clicked into place. You can see more photos of this process in my DIY bar cart tutorial, where I used the same ones!

drill hole in leg for caster wheels
install caster wheel hardware
install caster wheel on grill cart leg

Finally, install any hooks, bottle openers, towel bars, or other hardware you want to add to the grill cart to finish it off!

grill cart plans DIY

And here it is all set up next to Brandon’s dad’s grill!

DIY grill cart next to grill

I love all of the extra hardware like the towel holder and bottle opener!

DIY outdoor cart
diy grill table on caster wheels with grill accessories
top view of the DIY grill cart next to a grill

What do you think of this DIY grill cart? I think Brandon’s dad is going to love it!

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