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What type of wood should I build my BGE table from?

wnaberwnaber Posts: 8
edited March 2012 in EGG Table Forum
I am starting to plan my BGE table.  I am not sure of what type of wood to build it out of.  I live in the Pacific North West and white cedar is very affordable.  Im a bit concerned since its so soft.  I want something that will hold up.

Any one have any recommendations?



  • cortguitarmancortguitarman Posts: 2,061
    White cedar is a great choice. Not as affordable here in the northeast. Mine is made of PT pine for framing. Lower shelf is pvc decking. Counter is concrete.
    Mark Annville, PA
  • DeckchefDeckchef Posts: 40
    I choose Spanish cedar 4.99 bd/ft here on the mid Atlantic. All the properties of cedar but actually a hardwood :) finished with a teak oil. My 2 cents.
  • eggoeggo Posts: 492
    I used cypress and sealed with ready seal, 4 coats.
    Eggo in N. MS
  • cortguitarmancortguitarman Posts: 2,061
    White oak is another great choice, but pricey.
    Mark Annville, PA
  • tgklemantgkleman Posts: 216
    I built mine out of cypress.  Fairly cheap down here in the southeast.  Good rot-resistant properties.
  • Mike8itMike8it Posts: 468
    Building mine out of cypress
  • I'm in Northern PRK, and so your wood selection is probably very similar to mine. If so, then that part of the country should have redwood - my table (if I ever get it finished) is made 90% w/ redwood w/ just some things like the trim, etc made from other woods (and that was only because redwood wasn't available in those sizes/shapes/thicknesses).

    Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup... Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. - Bruce Lee
  • I live in north Mississippi and I had cedar at my disposal.  I put 3 coats of poly on it and figure this will need repeating yearly.  I have been using it for 3 months now and have not been easy on it.  It has held up great.  I always feel like nicks and dents on wood just adds character. 


    "I'm to drunk to taste this chicken!" - Colonel Sanders. Memphis, TN
  • paulheelspaulheels Posts: 457
    Pecky (sp) cypress for me. Whenever I get the money and find someone who has it! I'm in the south, prob hard to find in other parts of country.

    Paul Go there. I write it.
  • bumpyebumpye Posts: 15

    I used Red Oak which I've been told is not good for outdoor use. I coated it with 3 coats of spar urethane and will keep it covered here in the Northeast. Table is only 1 month old so I don't know what long term will be. I expect I'll have to re-coat it every couple of years.


  • Mike8itMike8it Posts: 468
    I am having the hardest time finding cypress. I live in NC and you would think it would be easy to find but it's proven otherwise. I think I'm just going to go lowes and buy whatever looks good there. Go pack and lets beat the heels today!!!!!!
  • eggoeggo Posts: 492
    I used cypress and sealed with ready seal. It won't peal. Check it out at:
    Eggo in N. MS
  • I am building mine out of granite.   Lasts forever and even carbide sandpaper will not hurt it.

    It took 15 minutes to "sand " 1 foot of  the edge of the granite .   Really need diamond blade, but they only cost approx $20.00

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