Woodworking Project: Simple Box Joint Jig. The CDC issued a warning against using metal wire brushes on a grill due to the risk of ingesting a wire as it falls off the brush and attaches itself to an unsuspecting burger. It sounded farfetched, but it's actually real.
The natural solution for any woodworker is to make a grill scraper out of wood. Sure, you could simply use a scrap board to clean your grill, but why not show off a little and incorporate a box joint and some cool hardware? This will be much more appealing to the discriminating grill master on your shopping list. The cool part of the design is that you actually use the heat from the grill itself to custom form it to your specific grill, which allows the scraper, through continued use, to gradually "wrap around" each rail for thorough cleaning.
You can use any hardwood that you want for this project. If it will be stored outside without being covered you might consider using a water resistant species such as white oak. I made mine out of walnut and cherry which are not rot resistant so it will need to be stored under the grill tarp. I like the idea of using two different species so that the contrast showcases the box joint. I chose two darker species for this project because the scraper will get exposed to a lot of black crud on the grill which will stand out less against a backdrop of darker wood. (Kind of like buying a sofa the same color as peanut butter when your kids are at a certain age).
For directions on how to use this jig to make a Box Joint Grill Scraper go to http://www.wwgoa.com/box-joint-grill-scraper/
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