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this one is not so much a step by step as different BBQ's will have different frames, but the procedure should be universal, and I wasn't planning an instructable when I started this project.
 
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The first step will be to procure and old propane BBQ, if you don't have one in the backyard, try Craigslist or freecycle, I had two. one I converted a couple of years ago and it holds leftover yard sale items till next time. This cart I am using as a paint cart for mural painting.

you will  need some scrap wood or metal if that's what you have. I used plywood, OSB, and some old 1X4's
you will also need an assortment of screws, both wood and metal. I reused some from the BBQ itself.
I also reenforced the back rail with a couple of metal L brackets. (behind the black tool holder)

next, remove the aluminum shell and all burner parts and brackets not needed to hold the frame together, you may want to attach the frame post to one another with wood before removing the shell, as it will be pretty floppy when it is removed.

I used a grinder to cut the bolts holding the shell on as they were to rusted to remove with a screwdriver.

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I next used some scrap OSB board to tie the two sides together, then using some scrap wood from the BBQ, tied crosswise between the OSB, I just measured and cut as I went, going with the dimensions of the scrap available to me.

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I had a partial sheet of plywood that was bowed, and I cut it to 25X55 but you will need to cut it to whatever your use will be. I mounted it with the bow up and forced it down with screws, into the cross support and the metal outriggers on the BBQ frame.
anasdad6 months ago
Thanks for the idea! I was about to send my old BBQ to the scrap yard when I read your Instructable. I just took off the top and bolted a big piece of scrapwood on it, but it works!
Ken
Oh no, why didn't I see this sooner? A month ago I passed up a big grill sitting on the curb, I already had the plywood and scrap, shucks. Oh well I'll know better next time, thanks for the idea!
jeffeb31 year ago
I thought from the title you made a way to BBQ on your way to work with a cart!
Nevertheless, good idea.
mga12 jeffeb31 year ago
I thought he was commuting to work on a BBQ...
This is a great idea, I have a couple ratty old grills that have just been wasting space. I think a mobile work bench and a stand for my chopsaw are my next projects.
blkhawk1 year ago
This is a great idea! I thought about using an old grill to make something like this for gardening. The only thing that had stop me so far is the price of treated wood, because I plan to keep my project outside.
peterman921 (author)  blkhawk1 year ago
try oiling the wood. and aside from that if the wood is not in constant contact with the ground it should be fine outdoors and last many tears before needing replacement, and by then you may have built a different one with new features.
What kind of oil is the right one? Linseed? Mineral oil?
peterman921 (author)  blkhawk1 year ago
Linseed would be better, or a refinishing oil, check at the paint store or local DIY. I would think tung oil would also be good for outdoors.

just did a search for wood oils, and this came up.

100 % pure Tung Oil is a great wood finish that will penetrate deeply into the wood to improve character and water resistance of the surface.
Thank you very much! I will try this cheaper option.
peterman921 (author) 1 year ago
I think I'm gonna get another and mount my chop saw and cut off saw to it.
What an excellent upcycle! Great post for a project that wasn't intended to become an Instructable.
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