Learn how to turn your unused fire pit into a table with a DIY fire pit cover. This fire pit cover only uses a few tools and is a perfect project for beginners and experienced DIYers alike.
Several years ago we purchased stone from Home Depot to build a fire pit. With our summer temps being so hot, we never use it during the warmer months. I decided to building a cover for it would be a great way to still utilize the space. The fire pit cover converts it to a table top, which is awesome! That is, until our monsoon storms decided to blow it away and it broke into several pieces. I decided it was time to build a new one that was heavier, stronger, and could withstand our crazy summer storms.
How To Build A Fire Pit Cover
This fire pit cover is a great beginner project and only needs four simple power tools to build it. Below you’ll find what you need to build a cover for a 46 1/2″ round fire pit. All of these materials can be purchased from The Home Depot
- 6 – 1×6 boards at 8′ long (you can use pine or cedar)
- 2 – 1×8 boards at 6′ long (again, pine or cedar)
- 1 1/4″ outdoor deck screws
- wood glue
- 220 grit sandpaper
- outdoor stain (or paint)
- miter saw
- orbital sander
- drill or impact driver
- hammer, nail, and string (for drawing your circle)
- tape measure
Cut all of the boards in half and stack them perpendicular to each other. This will create not only a heavy cover, but the perpendicular boards will make it extremely strong. Measure and mark the center of the boards for the circle. When doing this, be mindful of the locations of knots. Also know that the side facing up will ultimately become the bottom of the cover.
Tap a nail part way into the wood where you make your center mark. Tie a string to the nail.
Measure and mark 23 1/2″ out from the nail and tie the string around your pencil so that it lines up with that mark. Use the string as a guide to draw a light circle. The wood is not secured yet, so if you pull too hard the boards will move. This circle is only to act as a guide right now to help with screw placement.
Take the top layer of boards off and set them aside in order. Squeeze wood glue over the entire surface of the bottom layer. Do this quickly so that the glue doesn’t begin to dry as you’re working.
Place the top layer of boards back onto the bottom layer, making sure to keep the boards lined up and reforming the circle you just drew.
Screw the boards together with 1 1/4″ deck screws. Be sure to add screws to the outside of the circle as well as to the inside to secure all of the boards together tightly while the glue cures. Use the circle as a guide as you place your screws so that you do not risk cutting into any of them when the circle is cut, and also ensure you have enough close to the circle’s edge that the wood will hold together nicely.
With the boards secured together, draw your final circle dark enough so that it is easy to see when you cut the circle out with the jigsaw.
Allow the glue to cure for several hours. Use a jigsaw to follow the line and cut the circle out of the wood. Once the circle is cut, sand down each side as well as the edges with an orbital sander and 220 grit sandpaper.
Protect your new fire pit cover with an outdoor finish or paint.
Attach handles to each end of your fire pit cover to allow for easy removal when you’re ready to use your fire pit again.
Enjoying Your New Fire Pit Cover
I love being able to have things that serve multiple purposes. Being able to use our fire pit as a table during the summer is so great. It gives us a place to play games or entertain guests.
Special thanks to The Home Depot for partnering with me on this project. If you would like to build a DIY fire pit yourself, be sure to pin this post for later. Also, to make your shopping easy, Home Depot offers store pickup! Place your order online for all of the materials needed for this project and they’ll have it all picked out and ready for you when you walk in the store!
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