Make a Griller’s Herb Toolbox

Michael Nolan
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Difficulty: Intermediate
Duration: 1 hour

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Introduction

Our Griller’s Herb Toolbox is the perfect accessory for anyone who loves grilling, and the perfect complement to everything that goes on the grill!

Stuff it with some great grilling tools, a few grill-friendly herbs like rosemary, basil, and parsley, and you have a mobile grilling toolbox that will be loved for years to come.

Gather the tools and materials listed below, then click the arrow on the right side of the photo above to get started.

Step 1

From the 2’x4′ plywood, cut the following pieces:

  • Ends:  (2) 8” wide  x 10” high
  • Sides:  (2) 20” wide x 6” high
  • Bottom: (1) 8” x 18-3/4”

Step 2

Mark 45 degree angles from the top of each of the end pieces with a protractor (or as close as possible with a measuring tape), allowing for 1″ horizontal space on the top.

After making sure the end pieces are even, place them on top of each other and mark the center point for the 1-1/2” hole. Put the two pieces in a clamp or hold them down securely with one hand while you drill a 1-1/2” hole into both pieces simultaneously.

Step 3

Lay the pieces out as they will fit together and use the 3/16” drill bit to drill pilot holes where the screws will go. Failure to do so will result in splitting of the plywood pieces.

Use 1-1/4” screws to go into each piloted hole. Use at least 2 screws to go into where the end pieces meet the sides, and at least 3 on the sides to go into the bottom piece. Only screw in one side of the toolbox, effectively having all sides fastened except for the 2nd end piece.

Step 4

Place wood glue in the 1-1/2” hole. Place the dowel rod into the already fastened 1st end piece and wipe off any excessive amounts of glue. It may be a tight squeeze, but keep turning the dowel rod until it is flush with the outside end piece.

Next, place the 2nd end piece onto the other pieces (which should be already fastened) and make sure the dowel rod is flush with the 2nd end piece with wood glue, just like the other side. Fasten the 2nd end piece to the bottom and sides, completing the build of your wooden toolbox.

Step 5

Use sandpaper or a power sander to smooth the wood and all rough edges and then spray paint in your choice of color using short, light strokes to ensure even coverage.

If you like, add personal messages using stencils or paint pens and allow to dry thoroughly before adding potted herbs and grilling implements.

Materials

(1) 2′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood

(1) 1 1/2″ dowel rod 19 3/4″ long

Wood glue

Spray paint

Stencils (optional)

Tools

Measuring tape  and/or protractor

Power drill

3/16″ drill bit

1 1/2″ hole saw

1 1/4″ wood screws

Power sander or sandpaper

Table saw

Circular saw

Clamps (optional)

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