Quick and dirty BBQ table

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Project by Daren Nelson posted 06-27-2008 12:40 AM 3150 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I had some odd pieces of wood (redbud tree top and a hard maple slab) kinda laying around in my way. I decided to make a 20 minute table to use grilling in the yard. (After sawmilling 700 bft of oak in the heat today). I am going to let it weather up some then give it a flood coat of epoxy. The slab is 28” wide and 7’ long and 2 1/2” thick…and has 2 nails in it I hit with the sawmill for decoration (stupid yard trees haha) .

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#1 posted 06-27-2008 01:46 AM

Great project!! Thanks for sharing it.

-- Todd

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#2 posted 06-27-2008 02:55 AM

Handsome, and way more practical then balancing a platter on the truck fender or tailgate.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 06-27-2008 03:17 AM

Nice job! I like the practical side of this one, I just can’t let my wife or son see this one.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#4 posted 06-27-2008 03:18 AM

That is absolutely awesome. How in the world can you let that sit out in the back yard. I would have to have that in my house somehow.

I love projects where people do not loose the beauty of nature in the project.

Keep up the good work,
Rob Hix

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#5 posted 06-27-2008 03:41 AM

20 minutes? you work fast. If I ever needed someone with a sawmill who charged by the hour, I would hope you are available. It would take me about 20 minutes to find my first tool. haha. Very nice work.

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#6 posted 06-27-2008 04:02 AM

I do believe that is best grilling accessory I have ever seen! Very nice work Darren.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 06-27-2008 04:23 AM

Nice outdoor table, Daren. I don’t think it qualifies for a BBQ accessory though. My experience with BBQ accessories is they only last one or two seasons. This table will be around for decades. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 06-27-2008 04:58 AM

reat looking BBQ attachmenmt. Now where is the grill, and the smoke.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 06-27-2008 05:45 AM

Nothing like the natural look.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 06-27-2008 05:53 AM

Great natural looking table. That should last a while. What finish did you use?

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 06-27-2008 12:04 PM

Now that’s a table!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#12 posted 06-27-2008 03:54 PM

Hi Darren;

Great idea! Sorry to hear about the nails. (stupid yard trees)


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 06-28-2008 03:08 AM

For finishing purposes I would use an apple vinegar based sop sauce w/onion, lemon, mustard and a little bit of cayenne. Maybe a couple TBLSP. of Worc. sauce included. Brush on every 20 min. or so. Serve your red sauce on the side because it is not necessary but some people like it. Email me and you’ll never buy BBQ sauce again. Do this for 10 years then eat your table because it will smell so good. As always, bbqKing

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#14 posted 06-28-2008 03:24 AM

I just got hungry all of a sudden !

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#15 posted 06-28-2008 05:09 AM


-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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