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Project by LBH posted 06-26-2016 03:11 PM 1537 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a Big Green Egg smoker for some time. I saw all the different carts that folks had made and decided that was the ticket. I selected cypress for it’s weather resistant properties. In researching how to finish the cypress I came across a Japanese burning technique called “Jin di sugi”. Simple torch the wood and gently remove the soot from the soft grain with a soft brush. I chose a wide brass brush. It turned out great.

Putting a top coat on raw cypress was a challenge. After looking at Cetol 23 I settled on Wood Kote Ultra Flagship 250. It worked great on the “Sugi” wood, but never dried on raw cypress. Thankfully I used test pieces before putting it on the project. Wood Kote said the oils in the cypress react with the binders and drying agents.

After more research the comments I came across said on cypress no coating is the best coating. I wanted some type of coating so I put on John Boos Mystery Oil and Block Cream. Ya I know it’s not weather resistant but there will be a cover on it when it’s not used. If I had to do it again the top would be hard maple and John Boos oil.

-- Disclaimer: Author does not warrant the accuracy of the comments in this post including spell'n and frammer. I'm just another Dufus on a forum.





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Steve Cherry

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#1 posted 06-26-2016 09:19 PM

That is awesome – been looking a BGE’s myself – maybe next year. Thanks for providing the inspiration.

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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#2 posted 06-27-2016 04:33 AM

Looks realy beautiful. Very interesting finishing technik.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 06-27-2016 11:35 AM

good Job…did you put it on casters? I got an XL for my birthday…I love it!!

-- Putty

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LBH

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#4 posted 06-27-2016 01:53 PM



good Job…did you put it on casters? I got an XL for my birthday…I love it!!

- putty

Yup, tires and casters. It’s a beast…. without the egg.

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 06-27-2016 02:31 PM

LBH, this is another nice smoker cart.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 06-27-2016 09:26 PM

A real beauty! Love the cart and the egg. Well done

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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LBH

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#7 posted 06-27-2016 11:13 PM

Thanks for all the kind words guys.

Another thing to know about the Sugi process. Exterior poly topcoats take away those wonderful color transitions. There’s some left but it almost looks like I tarred it. Bummer. At first I thought residual ash might be mixing with the poly, yet the product in the paint well isn’t discolored. (black)

An interior project with the right top-coat should look amazing.

Burning 8/4 cypress went pretty well but you are going to get cracks if you aren’t careful. I did because I’m impatient.
4/4 is a challenge. Both cracks and cups. I had to rebuild the first drawer front then screw 3/4” ply to the back (20 screws) then torch it. This worked well and on the last drawer front I made several passes to char it and there weren’t as many cracks and no cupping.

She’s drying out and waiting for Wednesday at noon.

-- Disclaimer: Author does not warrant the accuracy of the comments in this post including spell'n and frammer. I'm just another Dufus on a forum.

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LBH

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#8 posted 06-27-2016 11:25 PM

I forgot to add this.

I “Sugi’d” a pice of junk plywood just to see if it would work.
Not great, but certainly better than I expected.

-- Disclaimer: Author does not warrant the accuracy of the comments in this post including spell'n and frammer. I'm just another Dufus on a forum.

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oltexasboy1

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#9 posted 06-28-2016 12:55 AM

Nice cart and yeah, cypress will last damn near forever ,unpainted and unfinished, when it is not inconstant contact with the ground. If you set it on the ground it probably won’t last more than a 100 years.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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LBH

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#10 posted 06-28-2016 02:15 PM


Nice cart and yeah, cypress will last damn near forever ,unpainted and unfinished, when it is not inconstant contact with the ground. If you set it on the ground it probably won t last more than a 100 years.

- oltexasboy1

I re-read the Fine Woodworking Article on Jin di sugi finishing. (Members Only) The Japanese didn’t burn the wood they buried it. The yankees used the blow torch to speedup the process. Being a purist I will rent a backhoe for my next project.

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LBH

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#11 posted 06-28-2016 02:24 PM

trouble deleting post made in error. Can’t see how to do that.

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LBH

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#12 posted 06-30-2016 04:35 AM

Now I have to figure out how to use it.

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