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My home-made egg table - pecky cypress

nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,415
edited June 2012 in EGG Table Forum
I've since made a second for a friend.  Pecky Cypress - mortise and tenon (Festool Domino) construction.  Epoxy joints.  Top and shelf are monolithic construction, but on sliders for wood expansion/contraction.  Top is epoxy coated.  All sides of wood are sealed.  Final 3 coats of spar varnish covers everything.  I keep it covered under a cover, so not too much exposure to the elements.

Large egg - table is 6'+ wide.
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This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • Very nicely done
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  • TUTTLE871TUTTLE871 Posts: 1,316
    Very Awesome. Me Likey!

    "Hold my beer and watch this S##T!"

    LARGE BGE DALLAS TX.

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  • GaryLangeGaryLange Posts: 238
    That is a very nice looking and functional table!
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,415


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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,415
    ...few additional pics
    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • jerrypjerryp Posts: 226
    I'm so jealous! Where did you get the wood?  It has such a cool grain pattern.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,415
    It's reclaimed.  I picked up a trailer load of pecky cypress from craiglist.  Almost no nails!  Filled in the holes/cavities with polyester resin and epoxy.  Lot of work, but it's worth it.


    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • friscoagfriscoag Posts: 97
    I want one!
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,415
    Here's a shot before I added the handles and the DigiQ/flashlight bling...


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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,415
    Cutting the hole for the egg on the second table I made....and then all the cut components...



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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 988
    Not only is the table beautiful, your work area and tools are awesome!!!!!

    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

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  • Nice job! I am thinking about making mine out of reclaimed wood as well. Anybody know if barn wood would work? 
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  • With appropriate sealing and preparation, absolutely. Like Nola said though, it is a LOT of work.
    Nice job! I am thinking about making mine out of reclaimed wood as well. Anybody know if barn wood would work? 

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  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273
    Nicely done.  One of my favorites I have seen.
    Cookin in Texas
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  • KristinnnKristinnn Posts: 133
    i wish i had your workspace!
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  • burr_baby33burr_baby33 Posts: 503
    I don't have that kind of woodworking talent. Very nice!
    Barn wood is an interesting idea. I have made a lot of birdhouses out of reclaimed barn wood. sometimes the thickness will vary from one board to another. Other than that it could produce a very nice table.
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  • EldeElde Posts: 129
    Adding to the list of ideas that *still* won't convince the LOML that I really, really, really need a Domino...
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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,681
    nola, is that a Fenix flashlight? 
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • I have a Fenix. Amazing light! I thought the same when I saw it, looks familiar
    LBGE Apprentice
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  • Thinking a pressure treated frame, barn wood top and sides to cover pressure treated
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  • tazcrashtazcrash Posts: 1,847
    nola, is that a Fenix flashlight? 
    I have a Fenix. Amazing light! I thought the same when I saw it, looks familiar
    OK, never heard of these, I'm guessing a bunch of eggheads will soon boost Fenix flashlight sales. :)
    Bx - > NJ ->TX!!! 
    All to get cheaper brisket! 
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,415
    Not a Fenix, but I have a few of them.  Love 'em. 


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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,415
    I buy microphone goosnecks from Amazon...really inexpensive, then the clamp mic holder and just snap 18650-style flashlights in them.  Have them on most of my larger tools.... 
    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,415
    Nice job! I am thinking about making mine out of reclaimed wood as well. Anybody know if barn wood would work? 
    You really can use any type of wood if you seal it well and keep it relatively dry and out of the sun.  Most important is using a design that doesn't capture water, and allows for the natural cross-grain expansion of the wood with outdoor variance in temp and humidity.  Seal all 6 sides of each piece of wood. 

    People use cypress and cedar because they'll last the longest without being sealed.  Actually, new growth cypress often isn't much better than fir, but the old growth swamp cypress (with 40 growth rings per inch on quarter saw)...I've used stuff that I pulled out of the mud in an old back yard that's probably been there for 50 years.  Lasts and lasts.

    I bought some heavy outdoor fabric and the little lady sewed up a cover in about an hour.  Scotch-garded the hell outta it.  It isn't water tight, but it lets the moisture out.  Doesn't look like it, but that's about 15 pounds of fabric.


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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,415
    You can see a couple of the flashlight/goosneck apparatuses in this pic of my manbearcave.

     
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • Serial GrillerSerial Griller Posts: 1,186

    Love the wood..nice job.

    I would look into putting the green feet under your egg.Read this safety article from the naked whiz site.

    http://www.nakedwhiz.com/eggbase/eggbase.htm

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,415

    Love the wood..nice job.

    I would look into putting the green feet under your egg.Read this safety article from the naked whiz site.

    http://www.nakedwhiz.com/eggbase/eggbase.htm

    Thanks, that's excellent advice.  I have an old square ceramic pizza stone with an air gap below and it broke in half when I had it cranked up for my first batch of pizzas (kissed my felt gasket goodbye at the same time).  Yep, I plan on putting a firebrick, a metallic radiant barrier, then the firebrick down. Last resort will be cutting a hole in the bottom. 
    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,415
    Oh, I though I'd share a great method of lifting it into the "nest".  It's probably already discovered, but I took a couple of "forearm forklifts" (moving straps) and strapped them onto the bottom hemisphere of the edd using a ratcheting cargo strap (being very careful to put some towels between the metal ratchet and hooks as to not damage the ceramic).  Then two people can lift easily, just like you'd move anything with forearm forklifts.  Wish I could find a picture....
    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • TexAg87TexAg87 Posts: 22
    That is an absolutely beautiful table! Very fine craftsmanship. Any chance you could get a detail photo or two of the sliders you used to mount the top and shelf? I'd love to learn how you did that and do the same when I build mine.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,415
    That is an absolutely beautiful table! Very fine craftsmanship. Any chance you could get a detail photo or two of the sliders you used to mount the top and shelf? I'd love to learn how you did that and do the same when I build mine.
    I'll have to take a photo.  This is the best I have now.  Anyway, I just cut some L-brackets from some angle iron (uhh.. really aluminum), and cut a long slot in the direction of the cross-grain of the wood.  Use washers and flat head screws.  Attach so the wood can expand and contract in the cross grain direction and slide in the slot rather than split or bow.

    You only have to put the sliders on one side, the other you can permanently fasten.  Or you can permanently fasten the center and put on both sides.

    Alternatively, you can buy table top fasteners, which give you the same function, but attach differently - usually into a dado cut in the skirt.


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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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