To stand up to the weather, most of the outdoor kitchens I've built were made from masonry and steel studs. Typically, their storage was limited to open space behind stainless steel door units mounted in masonry openings; some also had prefabricated stainless drawer units. That worked well for those particular jobs, but when compared with an average indoor kitchen, storage was almost nonexistent.

When a friend asked me to build his outdoor kitchen, I wanted to make the cabinetry as functional as that in his indoor kitchen—and with doors and drawers. Building cabinets for the outdoors involves many of the same processes I use for indoor work, but also requires attention to the effects of water and moisture. This means using...

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