My beloved Char-Griller Patio Pro grill has seen better days. The grill itself is just fine — the cast iron grill plates and the barrel are still going strong after tons of grilling and two years of being outside. The wood table and handle, on the other hand, are just about shot and look awful. Being the cheap-ass I am, I remembered I have a scrap pile and a few tools. This is a fixable problem.
So I cut up some rough 1″ poplar I had lying around and sanded it a little — not enough to remove all the mill marks; that would take a joiner and I was feeling lazy — knocked the edges off the sides, and finished them with oil and shellac. Just to make things look about even, I cut a piece of 1 1/2″ poplar dowel and finished it the same way.
So for a few cents’ worth of stain and a little scrap, I extended the life of my grill another two years. That’s $60 saved and a nice grill I can continue to enjoy.