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From Tree to Table!!!

Jai-BoJai-Bo Posts: 334
edited November -1 in EGG Table Forum
OK folks, I had the pleasure of being able to hook up w/ a buddy who's got his own portable saw mill. He is in the process of cutting lumber fer his cabin he's building. I was moaning about how I could not find any cedar that looked good and he said to come up and we'd cut some since he had several large trees ready fer cutting B) The table was built off the VERY VAGUE sketch green egg provided. I used 3x3 fer the legs, 1x6 fer the top deck, 1x6 and 1x4 fer the lower deck. I did use some store bought pressure treated 2x4's fer the underbracing. I used 2 boxes of 2 inch deck screws and counter sank EVERY screw. I used 1 gallon of Thompson's on the table hoping to preserve the beauty of the wood!!! It's all rough cut no plane used! I do not have any fancy table saws or what not....I used a skill saw, and a type of jig saw....I think fer a 1st attempt it was a purty good achievement and although there are a few quirks about it, most are not visible... The measurements were exact enough that I didn't need the stepping stone (feet were enough), the lid opens w/ about an inch to spare, and the hole the grill went into was narrowed to be a bit tighter. I used 2 straps and lapped em then hooked em to a metal pole so me and a friend could lower it into it's resting spot...I just like the whole idea of being involved from TREE to TABLE!!! Enjoy the pics!!! :whistle: :woohoo: :whistle:

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Hunting-Fishing-Cookin' on my EGG! Nothing else compares!
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  • Very nice - was the wood wet when you did this? keep us posted if the wood moves at all being so "fresh".

    Well done - and beautiful grain patterns.
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  • Jai-BoJai-Bo Posts: 334
    ArizonaBoxster wrote:
    Very nice - was the wood wet when you did this? keep us posted if the wood moves at all being so "fresh".

    Well done - and beautiful grain patterns.

    The trees were a few months dry and the wood set out about 2 more weeks after cutting so it shouldn't be much of a problem...Keep everyone posted though...
    Hunting-Fishing-Cookin' on my EGG! Nothing else compares!
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  • Judy's EggJudy's Egg Posts: 104
    Looks great. Thanks for sharing.
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  • That is awesome. Makes me want to go build one myself.
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  • Wow - that's amazing - I love the colour.

    Michael
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  • Jai-Bo, beautiful table, color is spectacular. I would however put a stone or concrete paver under the egg, the feet are not enough to keep the wood from burning; have a great day, Marc
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  • thechief96thechief96 Posts: 1,908
    Very nice. I love the idea of tree to table. Not many folks can say that. :)
    Dave San Jose, CA The Duke of Loney
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  • redneck6497redneck6497 Posts: 177
    NIce!!
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  • GaryBusheyGaryBushey Posts: 60
    Great looking table. You will still want a stone under your Egg's legs. The stone is not really for height but for protection of the wood from the heat coming off of the Egg. You will find that the legs are not quite enough
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  • vidalia1vidalia1 Posts: 7,091
    Great job and an awesome story about cutting & building the table. Now like others have said get a paver stone under the BGE right away and then set it on the BGE feet...it will burn your table the way you have it.
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  • BBQRBBQR Posts: 68
    very cool!
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  • Very nice work espcially with a few simple tools.

    You do need a rock under the egg or you will burn the table or possibly much worse.
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  • Capt FrankCapt Frank Posts: 2,578
    Very,very nice, that red cedar heartwood will last forever B) Great project. Like others have said, you need a paver on the shelf, then the feet, then the egg. Ordinary lumber will smolder with the setup that you have, red cedar burns like napalm, so get a paver in there quick :ohmy:

    Capt Frank
    Homosassa, FL
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  • Jai-BoJai-Bo Posts: 334
    I bought a paver, but figured it was more fer height :pinch: so I'll get it under there STAT....Thanks folks! :woohoo:
    Hunting-Fishing-Cookin' on my EGG! Nothing else compares!
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,530
    if it looks too high with the paver and feet, use three quarters instead of the feet. then you have the feet for spacers for cooking in the egg. heres what can happen just using the feet, i made that table 2 inches thick and it still burned thru

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  • Capt FrankCapt Frank Posts: 2,578
    Hey fishlessman,
    That pic should be posted on "Table Building 101" :ohmy:

    Capt Frank
    Homosassa, FL
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  • Check with a local hardware store for brick oven bricks. I used them as a base in conjunction with the feet. It will add a little more weight so you may need to make the under support a little stronger.
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  • Jai-BoJai-Bo Posts: 334
    Trojan Egg wrote:
    Check with a local hardware store for brick oven bricks. I used them as a base in conjunction with the feet. It will add a little more weight so you may need to make the under support a little stronger.

    Believe me, support it is not lacking...Before the casters went on, I had my 210 lb youngin' stand on the lower deck and jump like crazy....True 1 inch cedar boards, with 5 (2x4 pressure treated) boards fer bracing...

    fishlessman---that's a nasty looking burn, when someone gets home, the paver will be placed IMMEDIATELY!!! I'd cry ifin that happened!!! :pinch: :pinch: :pinch:
    Hunting-Fishing-Cookin' on my EGG! Nothing else compares!
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  • Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,418
    This is a great story of your table, puts more 'value and meaning' into your cooking experience. Thanks for sharing. :cheer:
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  • That is really cool Thanks for the Pics
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  • Bobby-QBobby-Q Posts: 1,993
    You really need to get that up on a paving stone. The table is designed for that to be used. If you use the paving stone it will raise the EGG another inch and it won't be too close to the sides. It is also safer to use a paving stone and that is why we specify the use of the stone on the plans.
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  • Dimple's MomDimple's Mom Posts: 1,740
    That is super fun that you made it from a tree! I've always wondered exactly how wood came into being from a tree, so I appreciate the photos showing all this! Definitely a table to brag about!!!
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  • That is phenominal! looks amazing!
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  • eyegolfeyegolf Posts: 7
    Is it only the wood under the BGE that will burn? Is there any concern about how little clearance there is in the circle of wood cut that the egg sits against (tabletop)??
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