Step 7: Attach the Slats

rolling outdoor grill table attach table top slats
Photo: Kolin Smith
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In order to hide the fasteners, lay out the slats rabbet-side up, then fit the frame into place over them. Use spacers (we used paint stirrers) to keep the slats a uniform distance apart. Countersink two 1/16-inch pilot holes through the rail and into the joint at the ends of each slat. Then use -inch brass wood screws to secure the slats, as shown.

Tip: Use perpendicular spacers to push the slats up into the rabbets of the tabletop frame and to keep clamps out of the way.
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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