Barbecue Tool Cabinet

This cedar barbecue tool cabinet is an attractive and practical addition to your patio or deck. It is easy to build, requires minimal material, and is light and portable. It is an excellent way to store barbecue accessories, keeping mice, other animals and the elements away from the cooking tools. By removing the feet, the cabinet can be easily altered to hang permanently on a wall or fence.

Step By Step

Pre-drill all screw locations with a #8 countersink bit and  sand the pieces before assembly.

  1. Referring to the diagram, cut the two side pieces,  the top and bottom pieces, and the feet to size. Glue and nail the front strip  to the top piece.
  2. Using a bench saw or router, cut a 1/2" x 1/2"  rabbet along the back edges of the side, top and bottom pieces of the frame.  (Note that the rabbet on the side pieces only extends to the base of the bottom  frame piece.)
  3. Assemble the frame using 2-1/2" deck screws and  exterior wood glue. Make all the pieces flush at the back and centre the top  piece on the sides of the frame. Using clamps will help in the assembly  process. Check to ensure that the frame is square. A temporary wood strap  fastened diagonally to the front of the frame will keep the unit square until  the back is installed.
  4. Cut and assemble 1 x 6 cedar boards for the back,  using 2" galvanized finishing nails and glue. The temporary wood strap (step 3)  may now be removed.

    Build the Doors

  5. Referring to the schematic diagram, cut the four  door pieces to size from 1 x 6 tongue and groove cedar.  Cut off the  tongue and groove from the inner and outer edges of each door.
  6. Fasten the two cleats to the back of each door,  using glue and 1" #8 brass screws.
  7. With the cabinet on its back, install the two  doors, using two hinges per door.  Install  the cedar strip to the right side door, using  1" finishing nails and glue.
  8. Install the barrel bolt, drilling a 1/4" diameter  hole half an inch into the top frame piece to line up with the bolt.
  9. Attach the two wooden feet, using glue and 2" deck  screws.  Initially insert one screw into each foot, set the cabinet on a  level surface, and using a level or carpenter's square check to make sure the  unit is vertical.  Then secure with three more screws in each foot.
  10. Install the hooks and handle as shown.
  11. Finish with a natural UV resistant wood finish.

What You'll Need


  • 5/4 x 6 cedar - 14 feet
  • 1 x 6 T & G cedar - 18 feet
  • 1" #8 brass screws
  • 2" deck screws
  • 2 1/2" deck screws
  • 1" galvanized finishing nails
  • 2" galvanized finishing nails
  • outdoor wood glue 2020-182
  • "T" Hinges, galvanized (2 pairs) 2410-251
  • pull handle 2406-211
  • barrel bolt (2 1/2") 2313-062
  • hooks 2375-879
  • CWF-UV5 resistant wood finish 1878-481/506
  • fine sandpaper 1233-793


  • mitre saw 1347-584
  • table saw 1346-634
  • drill 1239-210
  • #8 countersink bit 1227-540
  • sander 1262-369
  • hammer 1030-566
  • measuring tape 1048-832
  • carpenter's square 1070-061 optional tools:
  • router (optional) 1258-437
  • router bit - rabbeting (optional) 1215-553/562

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