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Table build thread - lots of pics

ETBeeETBee Posts: 38
edited August 2012 in EGG Table Forum

I picked up my large Egg on Craigslist and it came with a table already made. Unfortunately, it was made of 1x4 untreated pine, so I figured it would not last long exposed to the elements on my deck. I'm a weekend woodworker, so naturally I had to undertake the project of building a table. Hopefully some of you will enjoy following my progress.

I headed off to the local lumber yard to pick up some rough sawn cypress.

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Jointing all of these boards to assure I had a flat surface generated a lot of saw dust!

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The planer generated an even larger pile of sawdust!

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But when I was done I had some nice looking cypress.image

I glued together the nicest looking boards for the table top, then ran them through the sander to make sure everything was smooth and flat.

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Three boards laminated together make up the legs.  I've been using Titebond III waterproof glue so it should be OK outside.

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I decided to dress up the basic table with some gentle curves. Here's the jig for cutting a curve at the ends of the table top.

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After curving both ends of the table top, I used a table edge bit to put a finished edge all around.

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Now it was time to cut the opening for the large Egg to fit through.  I made several passes with the circle cutting jig, cutting a little deeper each time.

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Eventually, it cut all the way through and I had a perfect 21 inch diameter hole.

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I planned to recess an 18x18 inch tile in the top so it set just barely above the wood surface.  I had to hog out the recess with a router to get a flat bottom for the tile to rest in.

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Many many passes of the router later, the place for the tile was done.

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And with that, the table top was done.

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So that is where I am so far.  I have lots of work left to do and with football season coming up, open weekends could get hard to find.  But I'll try to update this thread as I make more progress.

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