Framing Outdoor Kitchens with Metal Framing Outdoor Kitchens with Metal

What You'll Need
Aluminum or steel sheet
Tin snips
Soldering iron
Tape measure
Working gloves

Outdoor kitchens are good places to hold barbecue dinner parties. An outdoor kitchen is comprised of a simple working counter and a bolted grill or stove area where you can cook your food outdoors. It is a great place to spend your summer nights and interacting with your friends, families and neighbors. However, most outdoor kitchens eventually get beaten by the weather, as they are more exposed to the different elements of nature than indoor setups. Thus, it is very important that you take the necessary precaution to protect your outdoor kitchen from these elements. The best way for you to do that is to frame your outdoor kitchen with metal. This particular DIY project will require the following:

Step 1: Measure the Metal That Will Cover the Outdoor Kitchen Counter

The first thing that you need to do is to measure the dimension of your outdoor kitchen counter with a tape measure. Trace the measurement on the metal sheet that you will be using. Use  chalk or a marker to trace the dimension of the kitchen counter on your metal sheet. You can use aluminum or steel sheet depending on your preference. For easy workability, you may want to choose a steel sheet instead, as you can easily solder this particular metal into place without any problem.

Step 2: Cut the Metal Sheet Using a Tin Snip

Before you proceed with this step, make sure that you wear durable working gloves to protect your hands from being cut. Cut the sheet according to the dimension of the frame that you want to install on your counter using tin snips or a metal cutter.

Step 3: Set The Metal Sheet on Top of the Counter

To install the metal frame on your kitchen counter, you need an assistant to hold the other end of the counter while you drill holes on the steel frame. Continue drilling holes on the metal frame while it is still held towards the kitchen counter.

Step 4: Screw in the Metal Frame to the Counter

Using a screwdriver, insert a screw into each drilled hole to hold the metal frame firmly on the counter. Do this process until the metal sheet frames are held together on the counter firmly.

Step 5: Solder the Edges of the Metal Frame to Avoid Any Accidents

An exposed metal edge can be very dangerous, as it can cause accidental cuts. Thus, it is important that you protect the edges of the metal by soldering a metal filler along the edges. On the other hand, you can also use another metal bracket and install it around the edges of the frame. To do this, all you need to do is drill holes and insert a screw in the metal bracket to hide the rough and sharp edges of the metal frame.



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