Karl's Big Green Egg Table

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Project by lobro4 posted 11-16-2013 02:34 AM 3407 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built for our neighbor family who lives across the street. He bought a new smoker—a Big Green Egg XL. He wanted a table to put it in as opposed to the wheeled rack it came with. (Or display it in I would like to think.) The BGE Store has tables but I also like to think I provided better value.
The basic plans were lifted from the internet as well as information form the BGE site itself.

These BGE owners are pretty passionate about their smokers I must give them credit for that. But it did take mixing notes from about three different sources to get the necessary dimensions all correct.
The wood is plain-sawn white oak. I started with completely rough lumber. I had just purchased a DeWalt Track saw and put it to its first use putting a straight edge on the boards. The rest is jointer-planer-table saw history. Now this smoker weighs near 200 pounds so crossmember support was vital. The large cutout in the top presented another challenge. I had to figure out where to place the circle and then how to place cross members so that the short planks would not be hurting for support. Thank goodness for graph paper! The overall dimensions are 32” x 32” by 60”. All the planks, aprons and support members are 1” thick. The planks are 6 ¼” wide with a ¼” gap between. The legs are 2”x4” each. Mortise and tenon joinery was used on the table frame. The circular cut out was a breeze with my Rockler circle jig I have used many times I used some really nice exterior-grade screws to secure the planks (without glue) from McFeely’s. The large floor tile used for the work surface required a jig to support my plunge router as I hogged out a recess to put it in. Lastly was finding wheels with the appropriate weight classification Finished with three coats water-based deck sealer..
There’s a smoked pork roast in my future for this.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#1 posted 11-16-2013 06:26 AM

very nicely done. I’m going to soon rebuild my BGE table as well… Dunno if I would use oak for it, though, as oak doesn’t weather particularly well. Be sure to tell him to keep it covered when he’s not using it. I hope you get more than a smoked pork roast for making this!

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#2 posted 11-16-2013 06:49 AM


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 11-16-2013 09:25 AM

Awesome, I have always like the eggs. If my outdoor kitchen was bigger I would have incorparated one into the design… Nice work…..

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

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#4 posted 11-16-2013 10:56 AM

Very nice table, well built and looks nice and solid…should last years and years….well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 11-17-2013 10:48 PM

triviasteve brings up a good point in choice of wood. Since we most of us cannot afford to build from teak, reasonable alternatives must be used. White oak is one of the woods that stands up to weather quite well. And yes, he has a cover ordered.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#6 posted 11-20-2013 03:07 PM

That looks good and sturdy, I’m sure it will serve well your neighbor’s family for a long time. Great job!

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#7 posted 11-20-2013 03:50 PM

This is really nice. You did a good job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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