Introduction: Build and Add a Custom Barbecue Tool Holder to Your Bbq Without Drilling Holes Into Your Bbq

Use safety glasses and follow tool safety procedures when building. This is how I built it and you need to determine the safety of the item and the safety of construction for yourself.

I bought a new barbeque. It did not have a place to hang my BBQ tools. I wanted to add tool holders but I did not want to drill holes into the BBQ to mount tool holders. I had used magnetic tool holders from Harbor Freight in my shop and had a couple left over. This is how I modified them to make great BBQ tool holders. Video of the build

Before making the holder test to see if where you want to put your rack will hold the magnets. Magnets will not work on some stainless steel. So check first if your BBQ is stainless. If you are mounting it without the magnets you can use the end holes.


1. Harbor Freight magnetic tool holder strip. U.S. GENERAL®
18 In. Magnetic Tool Holder Item #:60433
2. E 6000 glue
3. Hooks-cup type hooks or bolts and nuts or j hooks or
whatever works for what you want the holder to do.
4. Wood pieces if using cup hooks

Safety Glasses
Pliers or wrenches
Drill Bits
Screw Driver
Optional Tools
Threading tap

Step 1: 2 Magnetic Tool Holder Strips From Harbor Freight. a Video of the Build Http://

Pulled the tape off of magnets.

Wearing safety glasses I removed the magnets by prying them off with a screw driver making sure the screw driver tip was pointing away from me. These magnets are very strong and you have to be careful not to have them pinch you if they slam together

Step 2: Install Hooks

1. I figured out how many cup hooks I wanted and marked where I wanted them considering the length of the magnet and the length of the wood backing for the cup hook.

2. I then drilled the holes for the hooks slightly larger than the cup hook screws. I did this without the magnets being in place to avoid the metal shavings being picked up by the magnets.

3. I then cut the backup wood pieces. The backup wood pieces need to be slightly thinner than the magnets.

4. I then added a small dab of the E6000 glue to the wood pieces and attached them to the metal rail.

5. I drilled a pilot hole in the wood piece slightly smaller than the hook screw.

6. I then installed the hooks through the rail and into the wood pieces then ground the tips of hooks off if they stuck out from the wood.

7.Then the magnets were glued in the rail with a small dab of the E6000 glue.

The BBQ tool holder is now done

Step 3: Now to Build a Holder That Was Smaller in Length for the Side Shelf

1. I did this with the hooks being bolts.

2. This I did following the first step of removing the magnets.

3. Using a hacksaw I cut the rail to the length I needed.

4. Then I marked where I wanted the bolts and drilled the holes.

5. There are 2 ways to attach the bolts.
A. Tap the holes, screw in the bolts and back with a nut.
B. Drill a slightly larger hole and use 2 nuts, one on the
front and one on the back.
In both cases I made sure the ends of the bolts were lower
than the top of the magnets. Then I marked where I wanted the
bolts and drilled the holes.

Step 4: Finishing the Short Holder

1. I tapped the hole.

2. Screwed the cap head bolts in and added the nuts to the back.

3. Mark sure the back of the bolts are lower than the magnets.

4. Then after cleaning all metal shavings from the rail I
glued the magnets in the rail using a small dab of the E6000 glue.

The BBQ tool holder is done and works great for me without drilling holes into my new BBQ. . There are many ways to modify these strips and use them.