Portable Workbench From a Barbecue




This is not really an instructable but more of an idea. I do a lot of work in my carport where there is more room but no benches to put anything on. I needed a portable workbench and so this was created. It's light, can hold heavy tools (like the 10" mitre saw), and it's portable. Very handy to have.

Step 1: How It's Built

The metal frame is from an old barbecue that I got off of Craigslist for free . I needed parts from the barbecue for other projects and after stripping the barbecue, the frame was left over. Since I don't like wasting anything I decided to turn it into a portable workbench. I did strengthen the frame by welding it better but if you decide to try this you might come up with a different idea.

The wood came from an IKEA bed frame someone had given me and the slats fit perfectly, with just a little tightness! I got lucky on that one. You could use plywood or whatever else wood you have around or can find for free. The slats are screwed into a board running across the bottom and that board is screwed into the frame. You can see the details in the pictures.

The workbench is so handy and light and the wheels make it easy to move around. Another shelf could be put in underneath and an electrical hookup could be added, but that might be another day.

This bench cost me $0 since I already had everything. The screws were extra from a different project.

Hope you enjoy this and good luck with your projects!

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    3 Discussions


    2 years ago

    "This is not really an instructable but more of an idea."

    I respectfully disagree, it is indeed a valid submission; it fills a need, is economical- as in $0, it diverts a resource from the landfill, and is suitable for a number of customization's.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you for your kind comment. I wrote that because to me an instructable has directions on how to make it and I didn't do that here. Just wanted to present an idea that others might use.


    Reply 2 years ago

    Your images and text were very descriptive and sufficient enough for the project. It struck a sympathetic chord with me because I used one (kettle cart) for my portable forge/ foundry, it has all my needs in one convenient station. ☺

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