Ben is one of our creative designers at Simpson. Since he lives in SoCal, he likes to take advantage of the nice weather and entertain outdoors. He grills so much that his wife surprised him with a Kamado grill for Father’s Day. He spent time researching Kamado nests online and realized that he could build a custom DIY grill table much less expensively. He used reclaimed wood from some outdoor benches, 4×4 studs and cedar planking. For hardware, Ben used Simpson Strong-Tie® LUC26Z and FB24Z connectors along with wafer-head screws, Strong-Drive® SDW EWP-Ply screws and Strong-DriveSD Connector screws.
He used the LUC26Z hangers to frame the project, then wood-stained with Minwax Jacobean. The hardware was spray painted with Rust-Oleum Flat Black. Here is a blog post on how to paint the connectors. Ben’s quick tip for painting the fasteners is to push them into a Styrofoamtakeout box and spray them all at once.
He matched the DIY grill table to a custom table he built just for outdoor entertaining.
As a parent, I understand the need to indulge in food and drink after the kids have gone to bed (I have a hidden stash of good Swiss chocolate). So when Jamison Rantz from Rogue Engineer pitched us the idea of a DIY wine rack, I knew it would be a DIY project that would resonate with a lot of parents!
Many of us have cluttered or underutilized space in our garage or backyard. But sometimes those spaces can be turned into a relaxing retreat for friends and family. As the 2015 summer interns at Simpson Strong-Tie, we designed a DIY bar to make unused space a pleasant place to relax. The home bar is common in many kitchens or outdoor areas; however, this DIY bar opens a door for personalization.
Whether you’re looking to create a DIY cocktail lounge in the garage, a full-scale tropical bar by the pool or a simple bar for family barbecues and cocktail parties, your experiences will be better knowing that you’re enjoying them at your personal, hand-built bar.
We’ve all experienced it before in our lives. It starts out great; a new solid, sturdy companion that you can really lean on. Protecting each other from much in life, you grow to depend and count on one another. Over the years, you may notice a slight decline in the abilities and attributes you once relied on. Or maybe you hardly notice, since you’re not paying attention the way you did in the early days. The next thing you know, it’s been 20 years and you realize things have fallen apart!
Wait… you all knew I was talking about fence posts right?