How to Build an Epic Braai Storage Masterpiece Out of Old Tyres

Summer is coming, and here’s how to get your braai set-up ready for the warm weather!

Do you ever wonder if those old, worn out tyres, which have been sitting in your garage for ages, could be useful for something? Well, wonder no more. We have the solution to help you bring new life to otherwise forgotten pieces that would have been chucked out, come spring-clean season.

With just a few, easy steps courtesy of Builders, a pair of old tyres, supawood offcuts and some castors, you can build your very own braai storage unit. This easy to create, handy mobile storage masterpiece is ideal for stashing your charcoal, tongs and other braai necessities.

You will need:

  • Tools:
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill with 25mm spade bit and 3mm wood drill bit
  • Screwdriver
  • G-clamps
  • Pencil, string and nail
  • Tape measure
  • Paintbrush
  • Ruler
  • Protractor


  • Two tyres
  • Dulux Supergrip primer
  • Wood primer
  • Dulux Pearlglo water based enamel — white and Sunny Savannah 6
  • Three castors
  • Screws
  • Supawood offcuts

Step 1

Measure the inner diameter of the tyres.

Tip: The radius is the distance from the centre of the circle outwards. The diameter goes straight across the circle, through the centre. The circumference is the distance once around the circle.

Step 2

Tap a nail into the supawood and tie a piece of string to it. Tie your pencil to the other end of the string. The length of the string between nail and pencil tip should be equal to the radius plus one centimetre. This will mean that the circumference of the circles you draw will be larger than the circumference of the tyre opening, so the supawood has something to rest on. Draw two circles like this.

Step 3

Cut out the circles using a jigsaw.

Step 4

Prime the supawood on all sides with wood primer and leave to dry thoroughly.

Step 5

Drill two holes opposite each other on one of the circles about four centimetres in from the edge.

Step 6

Paint all sides of the supawood with two coats of Pearlglo water based enamel, letting the paint dry between coats.

Step 7

Prime both tyres with Dulux Supergrip water based enamel and let the primer dry. Then paint with two coats of Dulux Pearlglo in white, letting the paint dry between coats.

Step 8

Once the paint is completely dry, place the tyres on top of each other and connect them together using screws drilled through the inside of the walls of the tyres.

Step 9

To make the bottom of your container, place the circle without holes over the opening of one of the tyres and screw in place (when working with supawood always drill pilot holes).

Step 10

Use a ruler and protractor and mark the castors at 120° equidistant from the centre point. Drill pilot holes and screw them in place.

Step 11

Turn the storage bin over so it stands on its castors. Now you have a storage place for your braai gear and an attractive side table on wheels with the lid on.

When all the work is done, invite your friends over for an impromptu braai, show off your amazing masterpiece, and brag about how it was all your idea. We promise not to tell.

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