How To Make A BBQ Braai Table From An Industrial Cable Reel

You won't believe this "How To Make A BBQ Braai Table From An Industrial Cable Reel!" Sometimes the best DIY projects can be done with the things you have lying around the house collecting dust, and this BBQ Braai table is just the perfect thing to make.

This barbecue Braai table made from an industrial cable reel can be made in just six steps. To start you need to find an industrial cable reel. Once you have found your industrial cable reel, you will roll it into your workshop or work area. Next sand down the industrial cable reel, and get rid of all the nail heads and ends sticking out. You might need to replace a few pieces of plank depending on the condition. Next you will need to cut a hole in the center of the industrial cable reel. If you have seen one of these before you would know that there are four threaded rods that run from one end to the other (top to bottom) to hold the reel in place. You will need to tighten the nuts on these rods for the table to have extra stability. When you are satisfied with the stability and the smoothness of the industrial cable reel, you will then need to cut a hole, which can be a circle or a hexagon in the center. The hole will have to be within the centre of the threaded rods. So in other words the rods will be on the outside of the circumference of the hole. Very important to remember that before cutting the hole you will need to decide on what size barbecue or Braai you want. On the site you will find the full step by step instructions with photos.

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Step 1: Find an industrial cable reel

Once you have found your industrial cable reel, roll it into your workshop and smile.

Reason being: the endless possibilities that lie ahead.

Step 2: Sand it down

I decided to make a "sit/stand around" BBQ/Braai table.

Sand it down and get rid of all the nail heads and ends sticking out.

You might need to replace a few pieces of plank depending on the condition.

Step 3: Cut a hole in the centre

If you have seen one of these before you would know that there are 4 threaded rods running from one end to the other (top to bottom) to hold the reel in place.

You will need to tighten the nuts on these rods for the table to have extra stability.

When you are satisfied with the stability and the smoothness of it you will then need to cut a hole (Circle, hexagon) in the centre.

The hole will have to be within the centre of the threaded rods. In other words the rods will be on the outside of the circumference of the hole.

REMEMBER!!! Before cutting the hole you will need to decide on what size BBQ or Braai you want.

I found that a hole big enough to fit in a 57cm or 22.4in is just perfect.

Step 4: BBQ/Braai Stand fit in

A nice neat cut and the BBQ/Braai stand will fit in perfectly.

You can either make the stand or buy one that you like. I opted to buy one.

Step 5: Varnish

When you are happy that you BBQ/Braai stand fits in properly you can then remove it and get ready to treat and varnish.

I treated with linseed oil and let it set in and dry for about 24 hours.

Once dry, I sprayed on the varnish.

I found that one coat did not really give it the effect that I wanted so I gave it about 3 coats of varnish.

Also, there are a lot of gaps within the slats. Make sure your varnish goes in properly, especially if your area is not under covers.

Step 6: Get ready to CHOW DOWN

Let the varnish dry completely for a few days before using.

I let it set for about 2 weeks.

As you can see in the picture. I laced the cut edge of the table with a thick piece of foil.

This helps for a tight fit and also so that the wood around the stand doesn't burn.

Oh and if you wondering about cleaning... its quite simple as the BBQ/Braai stand simply lifts out.

Been using it for about a year now and it's one of the best things I have ever done for family and buddy BBQ/Braai time.


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