I have an outdoor BBQ Island that has a grill and refrigerator installed in it. The Island is made out of 5 3/4" concrete block with wood top and tile on top of that. Right now I have a A/V Receiver sitting on top of the bar, but was thinking I could use the space in between the fridge cut-out and grill to cut a hole and install an acrylic box with shelves for the receive and any other AV equipment.

The space between the fridge and grill is 34" wide and 31 5/8" from ground to tile. The receiver I have is 17"x 10.5"x 5.5". I was thinking the cutout should be 20" wide x 16" tall. This would leave 7" on each side. is that enough support?

Fridge on left, Grill on right [img]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4744/39517334044_0a8196b85a_k.jpg[/img]

Grill removed to show the thickness of the concrete block. Dont mind the rat mess [img]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4676/26355751828_5039ff1ad8_k.jpg[/img]

If I was to cut the hole, could I use a angle grinder with concrete diamond blade?

  • Second picture says “grill removed” but I suspect you mean fridge removed? Anyway, consider whether that space will get hot when the grill is in use. Specifically, is there already a path for hot air from the grill to go up rather than out the sides into the cavity between those blocks? If you are not sure fire up the grill with the top closed, let it get nice and hot, then pull out the fridge and check back there. Also feel the blocks next to the grill for heat.
    – Stanwood
    Commented Feb 15, 2018 at 2:35

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Yes but you will be miserable, the small blade will not cut through but one side, then you will need to break that out without damaging the countertop. Block is brittle and needs room to remove it. You do not want IT to find the room by raising up the countertop and cracking it. The dust will be tremendous, and getting the blade to cut through to the back side of the block will be a real treat, unless you cut it from the inside and that would doing it blind after the dust starts.

Bite the bullet, rent a gas powered cut saw with diamond blade that has a 6" cut depth. Get pointers from the rental company. Use dust masks, and fans. After the vertical cut is made, make a cut from the edge to separate the top from the bottom. Maybe even 2 cuts a few inches apart, so the top has room to drop down without raising and cracking the top tile. The corners will be the only thing left to detail with your right angle grinder.

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