BBQ Router Table

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Project by Russ553 posted 07-04-2008 04:12 AM 4633 views 5 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my wife and I bought this house, a junk gas BBQ was left in the garden shed. Not knowing how exactly to dispose of it, I put it out on the street with a “FREE” sign on it. Well, like me, no one wanted it. One afternoon while sitting on the front porch drinking my coffee and looking at the BBQ sitting there on the street, I got this flash.

I had been wanting to build a router table and I just saw it sitting there! Amazing, in my brain!

The first photo is of the front of the BBQ which is now the back.

The second photo is of the back which is now the front. You can see the router hanging there.

The third photo is of the most recent incarnation. New top, new fence and new Bosch router! Still the old, junk BBQ.

I installed a switched outlet into which I can plug the router and the vacuum and turn them both on with a single switch.

The BBQ frame with wheels allows me to roll it anywhere I need it.

I used the old router table top to build a horizontal router on the end of my ShopSmith, which is another story.



-- Getting to be an antique - been there, done that, can't remember!

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#1 posted 07-04-2008 04:19 AM

great idea! thanks for the post!

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#2 posted 07-04-2008 04:20 AM

OK I have to say it… I think you win for the most unique router table I have EVER seen! Nothing like recycling..

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#3 posted 07-04-2008 05:19 AM

Actually….I prefer the router table to the grille. Why barbeque when you can route?

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#4 posted 07-04-2008 06:28 AM

waste not-want not…looks like a good utilization to me but I’ll bet if you had hung a sign on that said ”$10” instead of “free” you probably would have sold it the first day…. but then you would probably spent a lot more than $10 on the material for a new router table

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#5 posted 07-04-2008 09:49 AM


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#6 posted 07-04-2008 01:12 PM

A great recycling project.

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#7 posted 07-04-2008 02:08 PM

Reminds me of that story:

A man puts an old chair at the end of the driveway, with a sign that states “FREE”. Weeks go by, nobody takes it.

So he takes down the Free sign, and puts up one that states ”$50” – and it was “stolen” the next day.

Good recycling!

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#8 posted 07-04-2008 03:06 PM


This is a wonderful re-use of material. Instead of ending up in a landfill you found a new purpose for the grill. Having portability in a router table is almost a given for those of us whose shops are a little short on square footage.

Well done!!

Are you going to enter this into the trash to treasure contest?

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#9 posted 07-04-2008 03:30 PM


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#10 posted 07-04-2008 06:05 PM

Can I get my burger with a roman ogee edge treatment. please?

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#11 posted 07-04-2008 06:30 PM

Genius recycling!!!

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#12 posted 07-04-2008 07:06 PM

Hahaha , I did the same thing several years ago only instead of a router table , I used my bbq for a bench top saw / work table . I bolted the saw to the table as necessary and would remove it after making my cuts so I could use the work table ….. Seems as if I use to make more things back then than I do today in my much larger workshop ! Oh well , thanks for the flashbacks : ) Happy Fourth of July

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#13 posted 07-04-2008 07:39 PM

Great idea!

Thanks for the post


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#14 posted 07-04-2008 09:57 PM

Oh that gets a big Dadoo Recycler approval for sure!

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#15 posted 07-13-2008 05:54 PM

Thanks everyone.

Burgers are ready. Ogee on the left and cove on the right.

-- Getting to be an antique - been there, done that, can't remember!

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