|Project by Brad||posted 10-21-2014 12:21 AM||2756 views||12 times favorited||5 comments|
So a few month ago just before summer a friend of mine who is an avid BBQ’er and smoker like myself asked if I could build him a green egg station. I of course said sure and wanted to know what he had in mind. Basically he was looking for a a few things
1) Space to work like prepping and cutting meat, veggies, etc.
2) Mobile it had to roll around his patio.
3) “Pretty” but rough in the right spots. I love this description because it’s sooooo subjective but also so great when the client says “That’s EXACTLY what I was looking for!”
4) Storage space for tools, books, etc.
So after a few weeks of playing around in sketchup and cursing around online I come up with my final plan and had him review it. In typical fashion my concept was way more over the top than he expected but I convinced him to go for it!
I decided to mostly use western red cedar for the construction with some carcass items from 3/4 ply here and there. I wanted a wood that was pretty when milled up but had the potential to age gracefully and of course being in the northwest it should be able to withstand some moisture.
The top is divided into three sections 1) The area where the egg goes 2) The hidden drawer where some hold/cold food containers sit 3) The removable maple cutting board that ended up being WAY bigger than expected.
There were several drawers some detailed below
One deep/wide drawer about 5” tall for long tools and such
A large area below the big drawer where you can store bags of charcoal, books or whatever
A vertical drawer for putting the Green Egg Smoking Plate
A drawer that perfectly contains a single large bag of lump charcoal and a large metal scooper
The drawer pull hardware was just boring box store stuff but the hardware on the ends of the station for pushing it around are awesome! The two big round valve handles were found at a local metal salvage yard and were part of an industrial sprinkler system. I was going to cut some of the internal parts of the valves to stop them from turning but decided instead to modify the wood to accept the stems underneath so people could play with the valve knobs. The first BBQ with this thing people would not leave them alone asking if they controlled the fire or something else it was fun making stuff up.
It was a great project and I’d love to build more of these guys for egg owners just need to find some folks passionate enough to want such a nice bbq station.
On a side note I still don’t think my friend has cut meat on the cutting board he’s to afraid he’ll knock the beauty off of it!
I’ll be posting a large image gallery over at my blog in the next few days! www.bradfordwoodworking.blogspot.com come on over and check out the full gallery and other reviews.
-- Brad -- www.bradfordwoodworking.blogspot.com