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Easy DIY Grill Utensil Holder With Free Woodworking Plans

Learn how to make your own DIY grill utensil holder. Keep all of the BBQ tools in one place for outdoor cooking with this wood outdoor barbeque tool holder. Great to give as a gift for Father's Day or any other gift-giving occasion!

Thank you to Kreg for this DIY grill utensil holder project! All opinions are entirely my own. This post also contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t recommend wholeheartedly. Read my full disclosure here.

Did you know that Father’s Day is right around the corner?? Yes, that’s right! It’s officially time to start thinking about what to make for a DIY gift for him this year!

Today we are sharing an idea that is perfect for Father’s Day (or really anyone who loves to grill and needs a good spot to store the BBQ tools). It’s an outdoor wall-mounted DIY grill utensil holder!

We used cedar wood, which is a great type of wood for outdoor projects because it is naturally pretty moisture-resistant.

The build is fairly simple so it works great for beginners and the best part is that we’re teaming up with our friends over at Kreg Tools to bring you the woodworking plans for FREE!

Kreg 720PRO Pocket Hole Jig

If you’ve been following Making Manzanita for a bit, you know that we are big fans of the Kreg pocket hole system. We built tons of projects using our original K5 Pocket Hole Jig, we even have a super detailed guide and video about how to use it that you can check out here.

In 2021, Kreg released brand new pocket hole systems that replaced the K4 and K5, and the upgrades are pretty freakin’ awesome.

using the Kreg Jig 720Pro to make pocket holes for the DIY bbq tool holder

The new 720PRO (which we were using for this DIY BBQ utensil holder) and the 520PRO (which replaced the smaller K4 system) were improved a ton, the most noticeable change being that they are easier to set up and use – score.

My favorite new feature of 720PRO and 520PRO is the clamp that you don’t have to adjust anymore. You should clamp it down and it automatically adjusts to match the thickness of your wood, so cool, right?

Pocket hole joinery is definitely one of the easiest ways to join wood in woodworking projects. It’s our favorite hidden weapon for beginning woodworkers!

Want to learn more? I wrote a super detailed guide & created a video all about how to set up your Kreg 720PRO Pocket Hole and use it, so be sure to check that out too!

We teamed up with our friends Kreg again for these grill tool holder woodworking plans and we are sharing them online for free, which are now available on!

Kreg’s website is chocked full of so many easy-to-follow FREE woodworking plans! I promise that you are going to find so much inspiration while you’re there! It is a goldmine!

DIY Grill Utensil Holder: video tutorial

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How To Build a DIY Grill Utensil Holder: step-by-step tutorial

Wood products needed:

  • Qty 5 – Cedar , ¾” X 6” X 8’

Tools needed:

Supplies needed:

Surprise Dad with a Practical Yet Thoughtful Gift! Learn How to Craft an Easy DIY Grill Utensil Holder with Free Woodworking Plans, Perfect for Father's Day

Step 1. Cut wood

Photo of cutting the wood using a miter saw.

Step 2. Drill pocket holes

A photo of drilling the pocket holes with Kreg 720 pro pocket hole jig
  • Follow woodworking plans for the exact locations of the pocket holes.
  • We used the Kreg 720 Pro.
  • Be sure to drill them on the smooth side of the cedar.

Step 3. Assemble shelves

The man assembled the wood to create a grill utensil holder box.
  • Attach shelves to the inside panel with pocket holes.
  • Keep everything square with Kreg 90-degree clamps.
  • Measure and space shelves as per woodworking plans.
  • Make sure that the pocket hole on the inside panel is facing out so you can attach it to the box in the next step.

Step 4. Assemble box

Photo of assembled box of wood for BBQ tool holder
  • Attach top and bottom to side panels.
  • Position pocket holes on the outside (top and bottom) for a clean look.
  • Use Kreg 90-degree clamps for alignment.

Step 5. Attach shelves to box

Attaching the interior shelves for BBQ tool rack
  • Ensure shelves are level.
  • Mark and attach each shelf to the side panel.
  • Start with the bottom shelf.

Step 6. Lightly sand

Sanding the wood to make it smooth with orbital sander
  • Sand the entire structure (and the door slats, which haven’t been assembled yet) with an orbital sander (150 grit).

Step 7. Assemble doors

A man uses tools to connect the door slats with pocket holes.
  • Connect door slats with pocket holes, maintaining flatness with a clamp table.
  • Make small adjustments by sanding if needed.

Step 8. Drill holes for hinges

  • Follow the hinge template or instructions.
  • We used simple standard frameless cabinet hinges.

Step 9. Seal wood

Seal the cedar wood using a paint brush and boiled linseed oil
  • Use boiled linseed oil for outdoor protection.
  • You can also leave it as-is because cedar ages naturally outdoors. Learn more about the different types of wood here!

Step 10. Mount on exterior wall

Hanging the grill utensil holder on house exterior
  • Use block anchors and 2 ½” decking screws for brick.
  • Attach mounting pieces made from leftover cedar.
  • Nail into place with a nail gun.

Step 11. Attach hardware

The man used a drill to install the handles on the bbq tool holder
  • Connect hinges in drilled holes that you drilled in Step 8.
  • Attach handles, paper towel holder, and BBQ utensil rack.
  • For the paper towel holder, use a 12” x ½” black iron pipe.
  • For the BBQ tool rack, use two 5” x ½” black iron pipes and attached in the middle with a coupling.
  • We purchased a new set of BBQ tools and they came with the hooks that we added to hang the tools up. 

Ready to see how the DIY grill utensil holder turned out?

Completed cabinet with doors open showing grill utensils, paper towel holder, and shelves for spices.

I absolutely love how it turned out! It’s so convenient to have easy access to everything we need to use while we are grilling. The doors stay closed when it is not in use so everything stays nice and clean.

Completed DIY barbeque utensil holder with doors open showing grill utensils, paper towel holder, and shelves for spices.
Cabinet mounted on the outside of the house next to french doors into bricks
Completed DIY bbq tool holder with doors open showing grill utensils, paper towel holder, and shelves for spices.

One of my favorite things that we added to the barbeque tool holder was the holder for the paper towels.

How many times do you have to bring the whole roll of paper towels out while you’re cooking meat on the BBQ? SO annoying, right? Now we have easy access to paper towels as needed!

If you want to build this easy DIY BBQ utensil storage rack, we’ve done all the hard work for you! All you need to do is hop over Kreg’s website and check out the full tutorial.

Who do you know that would love a DIY grill tools holder like this?

Let us know in the comments below!

close up image of BBQ tools in a wood grill utensil holder with text overlay
Easy DIY Grill Utensil Holder

Easy DIY Grill Utensil Holder

Yield: 1 grill utensil holder
Active Time: 2 days
Total Time: 2 days
Difficulty: Intermediate


  • Cedar , ¾” X 6” X 8’
  • Hardware & Supplies
  • 1 ¼” Kreg Pocket Hole Screws
  • 150 Grit Sandpaper
  • 12” Long ½” Black Iron Pipe
  • Cap For ½” Black Iron Pipe
  • 25” Long ½” Black Iron Pipe
  • ½” Black Iron Pipe Coupling
  • ½” Black Iron Pipe Flange
  • 1” Drywall Screws (To Attach Flanges)
  • M10 Machine Screws 35mm Long
  • M10 Washers
  • M10 Lock Nuts
  • Boiled Linseed Oil
  • Paintbrush
  • Frameless Cabinet Hinges
  • Door Handles
  • Anchors
  • 2 ½” Deck Screw
  • 1 ½” Finish Nails


  • Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig® 720PRO
  • 90° Corner Clamp
  • Clamp Table
  • Miter Saw
  • Table Saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Drill
  • Impact Driver
  • Orbital Sander
  • Crescent wrench
  • Level
  • Finish nail gun
  • Dremel Or Hack Saw


    1. Cut wood according to the visual cut list in the woodworking plans with a miter saw for the lengths.
    2. Drill pocket holes as shown in the woodworking plans. 
    3. Using clamps, start putting the interior shelves together by attaching each shelf to the inside panel with the pocket holes.
    4. Assemble the box by attaching the top and bottom to the side panels using the pocket holes drilled in each corner.
    5. Start with the bottom shelf and attach the middle panel to the top of the box using the already drilled pocket holes. Do the other shelves after.
    6. Lightly sand the entire structure and the door slats with an orbital sander and 150 grit sandpaper.
    7. Lay the door panels on a flat surface and connect two door slats together for each door and then add one slimmer door end slat to each door to get to the correct width.
    8. Take your template for cabinet hinges, or follow your hinge instructions, and make a mark where to drill.
    9. Because this is cedar and it is going outdoors, seal using boiled linseed oil. 
    10. Attach your handles, paper towel holder, and rack for hanging your BBQ utensils.
    11. Finally, mount your BBQ Utensil Holder in your desired location.

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