So I headed to Home Depot this weekend, Naked Whiz's plans in hand, prepared to shell out a few hundred bucks for some nice wood, and prepared to spend the entire weekend screwing, gluing, nailing, and staining (wow, that sounds dirty).
On a whim, I decided to see if Home Depot had any stock shelves that I might convert to a table. Lo and behold, I found the perfect solution: the Edsal 5 shelf, 24" deep, heavy-duty steel shelving unit, priced at $78. Here
is the link to the shelf.
Fully assembled, the shelving unit is 72" tall, 48" wide, and 24" deep, however you can also assemble it as two shelf units that are each 36" high.
I assembled as two units, put one in my basement for extra storage, and easily converted the other to a BGE table. I simply cut a 22" hole on the top shelf, using the middle shelf to hold the weight of the egg (similar to the actual BGE table and the Naked Whiz design). I used some leftover tile for under the egg, and on the table top to mimic the nice features of the Naked Whiz design (the tile I used has a faux wood grain, so looks like wood in the photo):
The table top is just under 36" (perfect for me as I am relatively tall). The middle shelf is adjustable depending on which egg you have - I put mine at about 15" below the top shelf to hold my large egg. If you felt 36" was too tall for you, you could lower both the top shelf and the middle shelf very easily in 1.5" increments (although you would still have the four 36" vertical pieces sticking up a bit).
The shelves are made of particle board with a wood grain on the top. It was plenty strong to hold the egg with just a little flex - if you wanted to add strength you could substitute a nice piece of thicker plywood or add some bracing. The shelf actually sits just a bit below the metal ledge, so the tiles will not slip off the shelf.
I plan on doing a bit more customization - maybe some hooks to hold tools and perhaps some wheels on the bottom, both of which would be easy. The shelf unit is very sturdy (the way it is designed, the more weight that is on it, the sturdier it is), and could easily be moved if you added some wheels to the bottom.
I don't think the shelves would hold up that great if exposed to rain/snow - fortunately I have a roof that will cover mine. Otherwise this table will fit under a 2" x 4" BBQ cover, or you could use a higher quality wood instead of the provided shelves and seal them.
This table also has an extra shelf vs. the Naked Whiz table, for a bit more storage.
In short, I got a table that functions almost the same as the Naked Whiz table, for the low price of $39 (I'm not counting the other half of the shelves that I used elsewhere, or the spare tile I had lying around). All I had to do was assemble it, cut out the top hole, and throw some tile down, so it took me about 30 minutes start to finish. I think it looks fine, if a bit industrial. While I would prefer the look of a nice wood table, considering the savings in money, time, and effort, I am very happy with my end result.
If anyone is looking for a workable table for their egg, doesn't want to spend the money to order one or build one, or perhaps lacks the time or expertise to make one from scratch, I think this is a great solution!