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Upcycled BBQ trolley to DIY potting bench

Adam Woodhams

Adam Woodhams

June 17, 2013

I hate waste and wasted opportunities so when I saw an old timber BBQ trolley on a kerbside throwout I started thinking about ways to reuse and ‘upcycle’ it into something useful for my garden like a timber potting bench, which is already the right height and can be easily moved about where you need it. It’s a bit of testament to modern manufacturing when the natural timber of the trolley long outlasts the metal manufactured component, isn’t it?

In my video I’m going to show you how to upcycle this old timber BBQ trolley into a handy timber potting bench using either scrap materials, or about $20 worth of bought materials.

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Del Thomas
10 years ago

Love it Adam…you are a great talent…

best regards

10 years ago
Reply to  Del Thomas

Del, thank you <<>> but you’re far too kind 🙂

Jeff Howes
Jeff Howes
10 years ago

A great recycling tip as they are a quite common item that are placed out for Council clean ups.

10 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Howes

I know, crazy isn’t it Jeff how willing we can be to throw even large things out. My first one was in fact a BBQ we owned that infuriated me.
Years ago we’d paid a motza for a supa-dupa stainless steel BBQ as we lived near the beach at that time. Problem was the guts of it were all regular metal so the internals all rusted out in under 2 years. I looked at replacing the parts & it would have cost more than buying the BBQ new!
As the trolley was in perfect condition I held onto it for ages in the back of the garage as I couldn’t bring myself to throw out this really well-made hardwood trolley & then finally inspiration struck & I made my first conversion 🙂