|Project by DustyMark||posted 03-10-2013 09:49 PM||8904 views||7 times favorited||7 comments|
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