How To Make a BARBECUE STAND from Washing Machine DRUM With side Tables

  • By: Monica Shulz

Do you have an old washing machine drum just lying around? Perfect. We’ll show you how to create a Barbeque Stand that can double as a firepit.

One great feature of this awesome stand is that it has side tables for your plates and tools, making grilling easier. Also, you can easily add some wood to the fire pit on cold nights and turn the stand into a pretty effective patio heater!

So, let’s get to the workshop and start building.

What You’ll Need

To make the BBQ stand, you’ll need to rustle up a few items from the hardware store. These items include;

  • An Old Washing Machine Drum
  • ¼” Thick Sheet Metal.
  • 1.5” Diameter Metal Tube
  • 2” Diameter Metal Tube
  • 3 M4 Hook Screws
  • 3 M4 Nuts
  • Black Metal Paint

Draw Out the Outline of The Grill Rack

Take the ¼” thick piece of sheet metal and place it on the workbench. Using a compass and a marker, draw a 12” diameter circle on the sheet metal.

You can also use a paint bucket cover to trace out the circle. After drawing the big circle, you’ll also need to draw a small circle for the grill holder.

Place the compass about 2.5” away from the circumference of the large circle and draw a smaller circle with a radius of 2”.  You can also use a large roll of tape to draw out this circular outline.

Join both circles by drawing a curve tangent to both their circumferences. That’s the outline for the grill rack.

Cut Out the Grill Rack’s Outline

Place the sheet metal you drew the outline on a rotating platform and rotate it slowly. Now, using a plasma cutter or a welding machine, cut out the design of the grill rack from the sheet metal.

You can place a guide that’s the same size as the rack on the sheet metal blank to help with the cutting process. Once you’re done cutting out the rack, grind its outline to remove any sharp edges and burrs.

Be careful and wear safety gloves and safety glasses while cutting and grinding the grill rack’s outline.

Cut Out a Hole for The Grill Rack’s Holder

Take the 1.5” metal tube and place it right in the center of the smaller circle. Using a marker, trace out the outline of the metal tube on the grill rack.

Clamp the grill rack to your workbench and use a punch to create a pilot hole in the center of the outline. Next, use a stepped drill bit to create the hole from the outline.

You can finish the hole off by filing it to remove any burrs.

Draw The Holes for The Grill Grates

Using the marker, draw a series of vertical lines on the large part of the grill rack from one edge to the other. Make sure they are spaced about a ½“ from each other.

Next, draw a small curve to join the tops and bottoms of each pair of vertical lines. However, you should only do this on alternate line pairs.

Leave a gap between the curves.

Cut Out the Grill Grate Holes

Use a hole punch to mark pilot holes at the top and bottom of the grates in the center of the curves. Using these pilot holes, drill out a hole with a diameter equal to the width of the grate at the top and bottom of the grate.

Next, use an angle grinder to cut out the rest of the outline between the holes. You can finish them with a file to remove sharp edges and burrs.

Now your grate is complete.

Grind down The Grill Rack

Now that the grill is complete grind down its surface with the angle grinder. This will help eliminate rust and other impurities on the grill rack’s surface.

Cut Out the Blanks for The Side Plates

Place the sheet metal on the workbench. Using the marker, draw two squares measuring 6” by 6” on the blank.

Cut them out using an angle grinder or a plasma cutter. Using the angle grinder or a sander, round out the corners of both square blanks.

Finally, grind down the surface of the squares to create a new surface and remove the oxidation impurities.

Cut Out the Holders for The Grill Rack and Side Tables

First, measure the length of the washing machine’s drum. Next, clamp the 1.5” metal tube in a bench vise.

Cut out three equal sections from the metal tube using the measurement you got. These will be the holders that will connect the side tables and grill to the main grill.

Weld The Holders To The Grill rack and The Side Tables

Place the grill rack flat on the workbench. Take one of the holders you just cut and align it carefully with the hole on the grill rack’s smaller circle.

Hold it in place with a magnetic square and weld it to the grill rack. Be sure to weld it all around for a strong joint.

Take the side tables and place them flat on the workbench. Place a holder in a corner of each side plate.

Support each holder with a magnetic square and weld them in place.

Cut Out Some Rods for The Grill’s Legs

Clamp the 2” thick metal tube in your bench vise. Measure the washing machine drum’s length and add about two inches to its length.

Using this dimension, cut out three equal sections from the metal tube. Next, make a 45-degree line at the very end of each of the tubes.

Cut out a 45-degree section from the tubes along that line.

Next, cut off three 5” long pieces from the same metal tube. Draw a 45-degree line at both ends of the 5” tube and cut along both lines for the joint.

Lastly, cut out three 30” sections from the metal tube. On one end of each tube, draw the 45-degree line and cut it off with an angle grinder.

Now, you have all the pieces for the legs of the BBQ stand.

Weld The Pieces of The Legs Together

Take one 30” section and one 5” section. Place them both together, ensuring their 45-degree edges line up perfectly.

Hold them in place with some magnetic clamps, then weld them together. Next, take one of the sections with a length equal to the drum’s length and place it on the other side of the 5” piece.

It should be pointing in the opposite direction of the 30” piece to form an extended L shape. Make sure their edges are well aligned, then weld them together.

Do the same for the remaining two sets of legs.

Drill a Hole in The Legs

Take one of the leg sections and clamp it. Make sure you clamp the end that’s equal to the width of the washing machine drum.

Also, make sure the side you clamp is facing outwards. Mark a pilot hole about 3” from the edge of the leg.

Drill it out using an M4 bit. Do the same for the remaining legs.

Add a Nut to The Legs

Place a nut on the hole you just drilled into the legs. Make sure the nut and the hole are correctly aligned.

Next, weld them together. Do the same for the remaining two legs.

Clean The Legs

Grind down the welds joining the nuts to the legs until they are flush with the surface. Also, clean the legs with a wire brush to get rid of any rust and oxidation.

Paint The Legs

First, use a solvent like acetone or alcohol to clean the surface of the metal. This will help remove any residual grease from the metal’s surface.

Next, clamp the metal legs and spray them with proper rust-inhibiting paint to protect them.

Remove The Tripod from the Washing Machine Drum

The tripod is the three-legged instrument at the back of the washing machine’s drum. Using a drill or an angle grinder, remove the screws holding the tripod.

After removing these screws, clean the washing machine drum with a wire brush. Scrub away all the dirt and rust on its surface.

Drill Some Holes in The Washing Machine for The Legs

Remember the holes which you just removed the washing machine’s tripod from? Mark them with a black marker. Make sure you mark both holes at the top and the bottom.

Enlarge these holes using a step drill bit until they are slightly wider than the legs you just cut. Use a file to finish off the edges to avoid the burrs.

Add The Legs to The Washing Machine Drum

Turn the drum upside down. Place the end of the screw into the holes you just drilled. Make sure it comes out at the top.

Ensure that the nut is facing outwards. Do the same for the remaining two holes and sets of legs. If the fir isn’t tight enough, you can weld the legs to the drum.

Add The Side Tables and Grill Rack To The BBQ Stand

Turn over the drum, so it’s standing on its legs. Take the grill rack and place its holder into one of the table’s legs.

Make sure the holder goes all the ways, then screw in one of the locking screws. Tighten the screws, so it holds the grill rack firmly in place.

Do the same for the side tables. If you want to turn the side table or the grill rack, loosen the screws a bit.

Final Product

Well done! You’ve created a versatile BBQ stand that you can showcase at your next outdoor get-together. So, fill it up with some coals and get started on those steaks and burger patties.

Are you looking for more upcycling DIY projects? You can check out the Abia Stos channel on YouTube for more great projects like this.

Photo by Abia Stos / CC BY 3.0