Building Cabinetry for Your Outdoor Kitchen Building Cabinetry for Your Outdoor Kitchen

What You'll Need
Drill driver
Deck screws
Staple gun
2x4 wood quantity according to design specifications
Plywood quantity according to design
Construction adhesive
Builders felt or backer board weather-proofing materials according to your finishing decor

Building cabinetry for your outdoor kitchen takes planning.  First, you will want to decide on design.  There are many designs you can follow with varying degrees of difficulty.  Make a list of appliances you want to add.  Design the cabinetry around the appliances with all the appropriate hookups for water, electric and fuel.

Depending on the finishing decor you choose, you will start your project with wood box frame.  Check with the manufacture for tools and material needed to complete the finishing decor and appliance installations.

Step 1: Start with a Base

You will need to have a base with electric, water and fuel completed before you start this project.  This is an entire project in itself if you don’t already have it completed.  This is also something that may require permits from your local government and professional help.  

Step 2: Build the Frame

Use two 2x4s for each corner.  Cut them to the height of the counter, remembering to subtract the width of the counter top.  Screw the pairs of 2x4s together with deck screws to make post. Cut 1 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch notches at the top and bottom of each of your post.

Lay out your post and cut 2x4s the width and length needed for your design specifications to connect to each post.  Screw the 2x4s to the bottom of the post first to hold the post up in place than repeat this process for the top of the box.

Add a 2x4 in the middle of the bottom framing for support.

If adding more than one cabinet to the project, screw each of the boxes together.

If you want to place your cabinets on feet, turn them over and screw metal post to the bottom of each post.

Step 3: Enclose the Frame

If you are enclosing the bottom with a shelf, do that first.  Cut plywood to the dimensions of the bottom of the frame subtracting 1/2 inch from that outside of the frame, leaving openings for utilities as needed.  Make a notch for each post in the corners of the plywood about 1 inch square.  Apply some construction adhesive along the top the 2x4s and set the shelf in place, using deck screws as anchors. 

Cut plywood to the length and width of the frame, leaving openings for the utilities, appliance, and doors.  As with the shelf, apply adhesive to the 2x4s and screw the plywood in place. 

Step 4: Weatherproofing the Frame

Use a weather proofing material such as builder's felt or backer board to add a layer of weatherproofing between your wood frame and your finishing decor.

If you're using builder's felt, staple it securely over the plywood, from the bottom up, overlapping each section by a few inches.

If you're using backer board place it with the rough side facing outward and secure it to the plywood, using deck screws.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Complete the installation of the finishing decor, appliances, utilities and doors according to manufacture’s instructions.

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