Take your grill on the go with this DIY toolbox barbecue. The toolbox barbecue has several drawers to store cooking utensils and carrying handles to easily transport this portable barbecue from your backyard to the beach.
By Max McMurdo
Photography by Brent Darby
Cover courtesy Jacqui Small.
In Upcycling Outdoors: 20 Creative Garden Projects Made from Reclaimed Materials, Max McMurdo provides 20 inventive projects to get readers upcycling and recycling. The book includes valuable information on the tools, techniques, and materials to help you create unique designs and go on an outdoor creative adventure. The following excerpt is from Chapter 3, "Eating and Entertaining."
If there are three things that make me happy in life, they are upcycling, tools and eating good food with friends. I've had this particular toolbox in my workshop since I started my business — I purchased it with the money I received from my first sale. It's a bit battered and has seen better days, but I couldn't part with it for sentimental reasons. Then, while drinking tea and stroking my beard, searching for inspiration, I had a moment of madness: what if I could upcycle it into the ultimate portable barbecue?
I always strive to combine form and function, so I was keen to have a series of cooking levels that could be varied for searing, cooking and keeping food warm. The toolbox is made from the same thickness of metal as most barbecues, and with several drawers of varying depths it seemed perfect for what I needed it to do. The top compartment offered an obvious cache for storing tongs, skewers and other essential cooking tools. It just needed the addition of carry handles, so you can take your new upcycled, self-contained barbecue wherever you fancy, whether it's the back garden, a festival or the nearest beach. I knew I wanted to produce a barbecue for this book that was unique and quirky, and here was the answer.
Tip: Cone cutters are a great versatile tool to have around your workshop. They allow you to drill a variety of hole sizes the further up the cone you go, ideal for cutting these corner holes in this steel.
Excerpted with permission from Upcycling Outdoors, by Max McMurdo. Photography by Brent Darby. Published by Jacqui Small, an imprint of The Quarto Group, © 2018.