I love our fire pit but honestly, when we aren’t using it, I think a fire pit cover is necessary…and I’ve been really wanting to make one!
You know, something to cover that gaping hole when we aren’t sitting around a fire…
When we have friends and family over from March to November, we gravitate out doors. When it’s too warm to use the fire pit why not use it as a serving table!? And since I was planning a table top for the fire pit…why not design it to serve a dual purpose?
After brainstorming a few ideas, Mike and I partnered with 3M DIY to make this:
It’s a cover…
It’s a game-board…
And, it’s a table…
I guess this little fire pit cover serves a triple purpose!
I have some photos that show you how to make one, just in case you might want to cover your fire pit!
The Husband thought we should use cypress wood since this cover will be out in the elements. Cypress is resilient to moisture and temperature so it’s a perfect choice for an outdoor project. (If you don’t have a lumber source, another good choice for this project would be marine plywood, which you can find at any home improvement store.)
Here’s What You’ll Need:
Cyprus wood- how much depends on the size of your fire pit.
Semi Transparent Stain
Including new 3M™ Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets and Sponges
(Coming soon to a home center near you!)
For the Checkers:
Mason Jar Lids or Unfinished Round Wood Circles
Measure your fire pit and cut your wood into pieces that will make a large square with plenty of room to cover the opening.
If you want to keep this super simple, just use wood glue in-between each plank and clamp to hold them tight until the glue dries. (You’ll add additional support in just a minute!)
If you do a lot of DIY projects you may have a Biscuit Joiner or a Domino Joiner. If you have one, use it to join the wood!
The Husband used his Domino Joiner…
And then added wood glue and clamped the pieces together until they were dry…
When the wood glue is dry – unclamp and working on the BACK of your piece, find the center and mark it with a pencil!
Screw a wood screw into your center mark…DO NOT go all the way through the wood.
Tying one end of a string to the screw, wrap the other end of the string around a pencil and pulling the string tight, slowly draw a circle- Make certain the circle is the right size to cover the opening in your fire pit.
Using a Jigsaw, cut around your pencil mark!
***If you decided to join your wood using only wood glue…you’ll need to add two or three 1×2 pieces of wood to the back to help secure the wood..(Check to make certain your 1 x 2 is positioned so that you can sit it on top of the fire pit and it remains stable and not wobbly!)
Now it’s time to sand!!!
When I sand a project, I like to have several options…
I started with my hand sander and 120 grit to smooth over the top and sides… (you can use a router to soften the edges if you have one.)
Where some of the wood connected and on edges I needed to do more detailed sanding, so I tried this:
3M™ Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets
… and they’re completely user friendly! They bend and contours so they’re super easy on your hands and perfect for tight spaces! (It’s like a cloth but it sands! This is my new favorite thing!)
I also tried out the 3M™ Ultra Flexible Sanding Sponge, which also bends and makes sanding contoured places easy. It’s comfortable to hold and sands smooth.
After the sanding it’s time to stain! I mixed 2 semi transparent stains, one white and one dark gray. I wanted a beachy look and these two mixed together gave me a perfect soft blue/gray.
I brushed on the stain…left it for a minute or three and gently wiped most of it off…
You could leave the top just like this because really, it’s beautiful with the wood grain showing through. But if you want to add a game board to your table, there are a few more steps!
To make the checker board pattern, I first measured a square. (big enough to hold my checkers-which are Mason Jar lids!)
Also, keep in mind there are 64 squares on a checker board-8 rows with 8 squares each.
The measurements depend on the size of your fire pit cover and the size of your checkers. This part can get tricky-try not to over-think it! I decided to use black on half the squares and leave the other half natural-After doing the math I measured a row of squares and using a yardstick and chalk I outlined the checkerboard. Then using my painters tape I taped off one row at a time and painted…
After they were dry, I did the same thing on the next row…
Because I love all-things old, I wanted the checker board to look weathered and aged, so I used my sand paper and lightly sanded the bold black squares…
until they looked ever so worn…
After the top was dry we put 2 coats of water based satin exterior urethane to protect the table top.
Just one more step! To be sure we didn’t get loads of water getting through where the wood planks were joined, I used Scotch® Tough Duct Tape ..
Have you ever used any of the Tough Duct Tapes? Oh my goodness…all Duct Tape is not created equal my friends…this tape is no joke…I added it to all of my seams on the back of the cover.
So now the unattractive fire pit is covered! But not just a cover!
This little project is working overtime!
Thanks so much for having a look at our latest DIY project!
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Have a wonderful day my friends xo
I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate new products from 3M DIY. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.
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