Tis the season for grilling and getting together with friends.
Now you can see why I wanted to make a caddy that keeps BBQ tools, spices and sauces all in one place. I also added an extra special bottle opener to quench your thirst as you or your man is slaving over the hot grill. *This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
TOOLS FOR BBQ CADDY
- Tape measure
- 80 grit sandpaper and/or sander
- Nail gun or hammer
- Paint brush or old t-shirt
SUPPLIES FOR BBQ CADDY
- 1 – 1 x 10 x 6
- 1 – 1 x 4 x 6
- 1 – 1 inch x 36 inch wood dowel
- 1 inch forstner bit
- Wood glue
- 1 1/4 inch brad nails/nails
- Stain – Rust-oleum in Kona
- Paint – Folk Art Chalk Paint in White Adirondack
- Stencil (optional) made with my Silhouette Cameo
- Sealer – Rust-oleum polyurethane finish in Matte
- Rustic bottle opener (optional)
CUTS FOR BBQ CADDY
To start out I measured our longest BBQ tool in our set to make sure the BBQ Caddy would accommodate all the tools.
- 2 – 1 x 10 at 11 inches (ends)
- 1 – 1 x 10 at 18 3/4 inches (bottom)
- 3 – 1 x 4 at 18 3/4 inches (sides and middle)
- Dowel 19 1/4 inches (handle)
*Tip I suggest waiting until your ready to assemble the caddy to make the dowel cut. This helps to get a more exact measurement in consideration of forstner drill hole depth and other unforeseen measurement mishaps.
STEPS TO MAKE BBQ CADDY
Step 1) Using the two ends cut an angled cut from each top corner. I cut a 30 degree angle to leave 2 1/2 inches at the top and 5 1/8 inches for the sides. Step 2) Using a 1 inch forstner bit drill a hole approximately 1/4-1/2 inch deep the top end. The hole left about 1/2 inch from the top. After this I sanded all of my pieces to remove any rough spots.
Now it is time to put all the pieces together.
Step 3) Apply wood glue along the edge of two of the 1 x 4s. Using a square to help with placement and clamps to hold in place, nail the two 1 x 4 ends to the 1 x 10 bottom. Repeat this process for the middle section. I used different sized spice bottles to “test” the proper width of sections. I settled on a couple of scrap 2 x 4s and a 1 x 4 and to set the width of the sections. Step 4) Attach the ends and the dowel. Place one of the 1 x 10 ends perpendicular to the middle section, glue and nail it together. Then before attaching the other end double check measurement of the dowel. Put glue in the forstner drilled hole and glue the dowel in place on the end that is attached. Finally glue the dowel in place on the final end piece and attach the end to the middle 1 x 4 section. Step 5) Apply stain and allow to dry. I used Rust-oleum Stain in Kona then sanded the edges to give it an aged worn look. To add a personal touch I added “BBQ BOSS” using a stencil made from one of my favorite tools a Silhouette Cameo. I then applied a sealer to protect it. Finally as a bonus necessity I added a rustic bottle opener to one of the ends.
Now we have a perfect place to store all of the BBQ goods! This BBQ Caddy makes it easy to keep everything in one place and be able to carry it outside to the grill.
Bye bye blue bag!