So I FINALLY finished my Egg table!!!! Even though it took me forever-and-a-day to complete, I'm pretty satisfied w/ it!! Let me be the first to say that my woodworking skills PALE in comparison to many of you, and so I'm not even gonna try to play that up. But what I did was try to take into account the most common issues & problems folks seem to face when cooking on the Egg and tried to incorporate some "fixes" or work-arounds to those issues.
Basically, I started w/ the "original" plans most folks use, and modified them quite a bit to suit my needs. As you can see in the pics and the video, I tried to make as much storage as I could, as well as figure out a way to deal w/ hot accessories such as plate setters, pizza stones, cooking grids, etc. I also tried to use as many "Commercial Off-the-Shelf" (COTS) items as possible, and I also wanted any of the "custom" things to be easy enough such that anyone w/ a cursory "do-it-yourself" skill level and the most basic of tools could replicate it.
The wood is CA Redwood stained w/ an oil-based redwood colored sealant / protectant called "Preservawood." The top level is 24"x24"x3/8" Travertine tile (w/ tile sealant applied). Surrounding the tile is an "L" shaped corner trim, which I found at a custom home-remodeling place. Because the trim fits flush against the tile both horizontally & vertically around it, I think it makes it look "built-in."
On the original plans that most folks seem to use & modify, I didn't like that there was what I considered "wasted space" below the level where the Egg sat (where the legs are). So, I made another level down there, and added sliding drawers for storage. I also noticed that the area(s) where the legs connect w/ the outside frame of the table form sort of a "pocket" of storage area that is usually wasted. So what I did was come up w/ a way to incorporate that area into storage - on the Left-hand-side I added hooks to allow for storage of long things (ie, spatulas, tongs, etc). On the Right-hand-side, I added a "bottom" to form sort of a little "cubby hole" to store smaller things such as spices, etc. To access both of these areas, I sourced out some high-end spring-loaded touch-latches (think of the latches that are typically used to allow you to push open & closed a glass door on an entertainment center). These latches are like that, except on steroids. The cheapo ones just didn't have enough spring force to push the tile "lids" up.
Also, I noticed another problem we all face is "what do I do w/ accessories which have been in the Egg and are already hot, but I need to take them out to change cooking setups, add more lump, etc?" So, for the cooking grids, I made a couple places where I could hang hot grids. Also, for the plate setter and/or pizza stone, I took a bicycle hanging rack and mounted it to the side of the table, so that I could just pull it down when needed and set the hot stones on it.
If anyone wants to try to replicate any of the things I did, let me know & I'll try to give as much detail and/or answer whatever questions you may have. What I'd really like to see is if someone w/ some REAL woodworking ability can take some of my ideas & incorporate it into a NICE table!! hehe...
Anyway, hopefully I didn't bore anyone to death w/ my long-winded "Egg-splanations!!"
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