Long time lurker, first time poster...
I recently finished my Egg table. Thanks to the Naked Whiz for his plans. As I got great ideas from this forum, I thought I would post some lessons learned for other future table builders. The biggest lesson learned is that the table nest adds about 2 inches to the overall height of the Egg. There's very little information out there about the table nest (several dealers I called had no idea what it was), and I wasn't sure I was going to use one. After reading about potential heat damage to the table and/or stone, I decided to buy one after the table was built. Consequently, my Egg sits about 2 inches too high in the table for my liking. Someday, I will probably unscrew the lower shelf and move it down a bit. With the table nest, dimension X in the plans (height from top of lower shelf to top of table) can be 17" maximum. For the hinge to comfortably open, I'd probably recommend 16 1/2." As an FYI for the table nest, last night I had the Egg going nuclear for pizzas -- the ash pit was glowing red. I also use a Hi Que grate. There was lots of heat radiating from the bottom of the Egg, and the legs of the table nest were scorching hot. The granite was pretty hot, too, but not as hot as it would have been if the Egg sat directly on the granite.
I built the table out of redwood. The frame is made out of 1x4s, and the legs are 4x4s. Once I made the lower shelf frame, I decided to reinforce it with 2x4s pressure treated lumber as an inside frame that also attaches to the 4x4 legs. I also added L braces to the area where the Egg sits. I had nightmares about the Egg crashing onto the ground. You can see the framing in this picture:
Like others, I used a Kreg pocket jig, so there are no exposed screws on the table. I paid $60 for two remnant pieces of granite. I would recommend 2 cm thickness for the granite as opposed to the more common 3 cm. 2 cm sits nearly flush with the 1x4 pieces of wood on the surfaces. For my table, both pieces of granite were about 18x21." I modified the Naked Whiz's plans for the top in order to have the granite extend all the way to the front edge of the table. This allows for easier wiping of stuff off the granite. I finished the table with a semi-solid outdoor stain and sealer that is supposed to last for six years. By then, I fully expect to have built another table to accommodate two or more Eggs. Here are the final shots:
And of course, a pic of the first cook with the new table:
Since getting the Egg, our family rarely goes out to eat anymore, especially for barbecue. But we recently made our first pilgrimage to a famous joint. I'm guessing that many people will be able to name this place just from this picture:
Thanks to everyone for your help with the table and all things Egg!