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Convert an Old Grill Into a Shop Cart!

By: John Doyle
Trash to treasure... If you’re throwing out an old grill, or (in my case) if you found one on the curb, then you may have found the beginnings of your next shop cart!

A grill ended up being a great base for a shop cart. You’ve got a ready-built frame with a set of casters already mounted. I made mine into a sharpening station, but you can get creative: a planer cart, a benchtop tool stand, or a moving miter saw station are just a few ideas.

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MAKING THE CART. To start, I pulled off all the pieces aside from the frame and casters, then cleaned the grill up. I used long panhead sheet metal screws to attach 3⁄4” plywood for the woksurfaces, which also added some rigidity to the old frame. The grill I converted had a pop-up shelf that, with a little more plywood, became an extra worksurface.

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Published: Sept. 13, 2021
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