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Project by mckenziedrums posted 1445 days ago 7715 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not entirely done… As you can see the Egg isn’t in there yet and it will be sporting a nice set of very heavy duty wheels soon. (The table has to weigh over 100-150lbs easy!)

In any case I’ve seen a lot of BGE tables out there but not I wanted to adjust the original plans a bit and build something of my own design. Nothing fancy but has the inlayed slate that I notched the Cumaru planking to fit in. Legs are 2 7/8” Ipe posts and weigh a friggen ton. The idea was to use wood that would withstand the lovely 100+ degree summer days and various rain storms we get here in the south. It’s all sealed with Watco outdoor oil finish which I’ve not used before so I hope it holds up. Unfortunately my router bit got away from me a bit while cutting the circle so there’s a little dip here and there but over all I’m pretty happy with it. I’ll say this, if a tornado ever blew through here this thing would be standing strong next to my ruined house, it’s that solid.





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#1 posted 1445 days ago

Very nice. I’d love to have a BGE, maybe someday.

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mckenziedrums

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#2 posted 1445 days ago

It’s a tough call… I’d almost sell my table saw before I’d part with my egg. ;) A man has to eat after all! Seriously, I thought the Egg Heads were all nuts until I got mine last year. We host pizza parties now where people can make their own woodfired pizzas, I’m always responsible for bringing the pulled pork to office parties, etc. Now I’m just glad I have a place to put it that does it justice. The stock stands they sell are flimsy and over priced. Not that cumaru and Ipe are the most affordable lumber out there…

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#3 posted 1445 days ago

Very nice.

I’m a big ipé fan. I’ve built a deck (over 500 sq ft) out of ipé and I have built all my outdoor furniture out of it.

Let me offer some advice. You don’t have to put a finish on ipé. If you leave it unfinished, it will turn gray (which some people like) but it will not rot or break down in any way.

If you want to use a finish, Penofin makes a finish just for exotic hardwoods like ipé. Here it is – -http://www.penofin.com/products_exotichardwood.shtml

I power wash and apply this Penofin every 2 years.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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mckenziedrums

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#4 posted 1445 days ago

Rich,

I had looked into the penofin finish… as it’s HIGHLY recommended… But for such a small project I figured I’d give this oil finish a try. I’m pretty sure the key to finishing any wood like Ipe or Cumaru is in getting a penetrating finish. My wood choices were because they are both known to hold up well outside but I’d like to avoid the grey at least as long as possible. The color in this wood is just beautiful and I’d hate to lose it =) I’d thought about using Ipe for a deck for myself but after seeing this cumaru in person I’m thinking that’s the way I’ll go once I get around to building it. As a bonus it’s a little less expensive as well so that doesn’t hurt! You can bet I’ll be using the penofin products on the deck for sure!

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#5 posted 1445 days ago

You’ll find that the Penofin is also a little pricy. This year I paid $46/gallon plus shipping and I need 2 gallons every 2 years.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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PoorCollegeStudent

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#6 posted 1311 days ago

How has this project held up to heat/weather?

I’d love to know. This inspires me to make a custom table for my Weber dome – which leads me to this question, I know little about the Eggs (besides that I cannot afford one), are they insulated? How would you think a standard Weber would fair in a similar table?

-- -- a bad day woodworking is better than a good day at work --

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#7 posted 1311 days ago

It’s just about time to put more oil on the table… It’s held up and still has the color but obviously not as shiny anymore. The finish has begun to look dry so I’m going to pressure wash it, let it dry, and then give it another good coat of oil. I’ve recently started putting a cover over it but that’s more to appease my wife (she wants it to retain the wood color as long as possible) than anything else. This wood normally would just go silvery grey over time but I’ve not seen it start to turn yet at all.

As for heat… it’s really a non issue. The egg retains all the ashes inside of it so there are no stray ashes to speak of and since the oil is a penetrating finish there’s nothing for the heat to screw up. As for insulation… The reason the Green Egg is so good at what it does is because it’s incredibly thick ceramic. Haven’t measured but probably 1.5-2” thick. So it’s going to be a little insulated because it keeps the heat in.

That being said… stick a granite tile under your weber and I’d bet you’d be just fine with a table like this.

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#8 posted 1309 days ago

Thanks for the update. Definitely on the horizon. It would be kind of nice to add some granite accents anyway, I may incorporate them into the design and make sure they also work in a heat absorbing capacity.

In the meantime, I’ll scour Houston’s craiglist for a discount egg.

-- -- a bad day woodworking is better than a good day at work --

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#9 posted 1309 days ago

The granite or slate accents makes the table I think. Takes it one step above just doing a boring old wood table. I was too impatient to hunt down a good granite square so the slate tiles I already had laying around had to work for me. If I built it again I’d add granite/slate on the bottom shelf to put things on as well. The egg is insulated enough but when I pull out the pizza stone or grill or other hot items it’s nice to have places to put them down.

Used medium eggs usually run around 400 or so. If you enjoy cooking, get one. I’ve had to host many people over at my house for wood fired pizzas or bbq. I’ve been too busy to enjoy it much lately but for a while I was probably cooking on it at least 2-3 times a week. As far as I’m concerned it’s a must have “kitchen” appliance!

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#10 posted 446 days ago

Very nice bge table! Like you, I cook on my egg several times a week, year round. Lump charcoal and cherry scraps from the shop for flavoring.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#11 posted 446 days ago

This is really an impressive table. Are you going to put it back on here in the completed state?. I’d love to see it, it really looks great.

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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