Mahogany Big Green Egg Table

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Project by DustyMark posted 03-10-2013 09:49 PM 5610 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this table in 2002 from 5/4 mahogany. The Big Green Egg company posts the dimensions of their long and compact tables on their web site. This makes it easier for woodworkers to build the table and be assured that the standard table covers will fit. The legs are glued in an L-shaped cross section and the frame is then assembled using mortise and tenon joints. All of the planks are screwed in place with two screws at each intersection. The screws are covered with plugs.

I neglected the finish for over ten years and there was no finish remaining on the top. We decided to screen our back porch and put some pavers down in the barbecue area. That motivated me to refinish the table. Mahogany is tough in the elements and, with some 50-grit discs, I was able to find the original wood color! I started the finishing process by applying 3 coats of epoxy to the bottom of the legs. This gives the legs a better chance at resisting the weather. These photos are what the table looks like after four coats of marine varnish. I doubt that I’ll do planks with spaces between them again. Wow, what a pain to sand and refinish those…

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#1 posted 03-10-2013 11:15 PM

It sure does look nice!!! Both the Egg and the table!!! Since you have had it since 2002, I am sure you are enjoying it!!!


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#2 posted 03-11-2013 12:57 AM

Looks great! Kind of off the subject of the table but I was looking at BGE’s today. Do you like yours?

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#3 posted 03-11-2013 01:16 AM

Thanks. Our Big Green Egg gets a lot of use. I’ve smoked over a ton of chicken over the years. This weekend is a high-use example. I grilled pork tenderloin Saturday, smoked a chicken Sunday afternoon, grilled rack of lamb Sunday night, and will grill beef tenderloin kabobs Monday night. We’re working our way through the newer Big Green Egg cookbook…we absolutely love our egg.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#4 posted 03-11-2013 10:26 AM

Hmmm, a review like that may have just sealed the deal. Thanks

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#5 posted 03-11-2013 12:53 PM

Nice table. Since you’ve had it since 2002 you couldn’t have had many problems. Do you find the pavers underneath are enough to dissapate the heat? I have a different brand smoker and wouldn’t dare getting it that near wood. If the Green Egg can handle it then maybe it’s time for me to upgrade. Thanks for the project view.

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#6 posted 03-11-2013 02:16 PM

Thanks, it’s a simple upgrade over the cypress models that they sell at the dealers , but I like the overall look a whole lot better. The paver is two inches thick and works well protecting the table from the heat. I get the egg to 700 degrees when I cook steaks and haven’t had any problems. I did put a piece of sheet metal on the bottom shelf near the bottom vent to catch the hot embers that occasionally spit out. The newer eggs have a screen that slides over the vent opening to prevent that. I’ve got a little bit of scorching on the end grain of the table top boards that are close to the edge of the egg. That probably happened when I added a fan to the equation and had the egg thermometer pegged well beyond 750 degrees…

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#7 posted 03-13-2013 04:17 PM

They are perfect together. Great build on the beautiful mahogany table. More fun and great use of it.

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