Step 3: Drill the Dowel and Rod Holes

rolling outdoor grill table drilling dowel and rod holes
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Even up the two stiles side by side and use a combination square to mark a perpendicular line across their faces, 3¾ inches from each end. Mark the centerline on the face of the two rails where they'll butt into the stiles. Position the doweling jig at the end of a rail, with its center register over your centerline mark, and clamp both jig and rail to your work surface. Use a -inch bit to drill two holes 1 inch deep into the end of the rail; replicate a pair of holes in both ends of both rails. Next, align the jig over the perpendicular marks on the stiles and drill a pair of holes into the inside edge of the boards at each location. To create the holes for the aluminum rods, clamp the jig flush at each end of each stile and drill through the outer guide to make just one hole, as shown.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • bar clamps
      Bar clamps
    • straightedge guide
      Straightedge
    • router
      Router with ¾-inch straight bit
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • Doweling Jig
      -inch doweling jig. Go to rockler.com.
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • 3/8-inch drill bit
      -inch drill bit
    • hacksaw
      Hacksaw
    • 1/16-inch drill bit with combination countersink
      1/16-inch drill bit with a combination countersink
    • bevel square
      Bevel gauge
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • 1/2-inch drill bit
      ½-inch drill bit

    Shopping List

    1. 1x4 cedar. Get seven 10-footers.

    2. -inch by-2-inch spiral-cut wood dowels

    3. -inch brass wood screws to attach the tabletop slats

    4. 1¼-inch deck screws

    5. -inch aluminum rod Get 34 inches.

    6. ½-inch threaded galvanized rod for the axle (36 inches, 13 threads per inch)

    7. ½-inch galvanized flat washers

    8. ½-inch locknuts (13 threads per inch)

    9. 8-inch-by-1¾-inch lawn-mower wheels

    10. Wood glue