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New table ready for football season

ImissjerryImissjerry Posts: 1
edited September 2012 in EGG Table Forum
I bought my first large BGE about 2 weeks ago.  I spent about 2 weeks researching different plans on the forum, trying to decide if I should spend $400 for a table, and $200 to make my own.  I used the naked whiz plan as a guide, and made some adjustments to fit my needs.  I am by no means a wood worker, so if you are thinking that building a table is out of your league, I would re-consider.  

I used Redwood because the cost is reasonable and it was recommended at my lumberyard as a good alternative to cedar.  I would recommend going to a lumber yard, because home depot and Loews did not have a very good selection.  I did not in-lay the paver or the travertine tile on the top (like the naked whiz plan recommends), primarily because I wanted to reduce the number of cuts and chance for error.  I used 4x4s for the legs, each cut at 30".  I put on 4 heavy duty locking casters, so I could move it around easily on my back-porch.

The only tools I had were a tape measure, pencil, 2 clamps, saw-horse, level, electric drill, circular saw and a jigsaw.  I tried to keep the plan as simple as possible, but if I ever do another table, I would take the extra time to inlay the pavers and the tile.  

There were a few critical points in the build.  The first was simply putting together the 1x6 and 4x4s to create the base for the legs (first picture).  I knew these had to be perfect (or close to), or the table would end up crooked.  The second was obviously the hole cut.  Inside the frame, the treated 2x4s are about 22.5" between them, and you need to cut a 21" hole.  This does not leave a lot of room for error.  I probably spent 30 minutes measuring and re-measuring to make sure everything was perfect.  I put a nail as close to dead center as I could and tied a 10.5" string to a pencil to trace the hole.  Amazing how simple the pencil/string contraption was, and it came out perfectly centered.

I had the help of my 5 and 8 year old sons for about 90 minutes total, so I was basically building it alone.  I drilled pilot holes for every screw, which took forever, but I did not want to split the wood.  I also measured everything about 3 times, which may seem like common sense, but I had a goal of not going back to the lumberyard again over the weekend.  The table took about 8 hours before I was ready to treat.  I used 3 coats of spar urethane, and I love the look of the treated redwood.  There were a few areas I would change, but over-all, I think it came out pretty well.  

I've done baby back ribs, spatch-**** chicken, and an amazing pork tenderloin.  Well worth the effort and I am ready for football season.


  • Looks awesome!
  • You are a woodworker, good job. Now sit back, put some beer bottle condensation rings and the odd burn mark on it and relax......

    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 21,441
    Looks great!  Yeah, you really gotta measure twice, cut once, especially if you don't have the extra material to cover a short cut, or whatever mistake you make.  I remember cutting some shelves one night when I had been, uh, drinking.  Made two mistakes in a row, decided to call it a night.

    Nice colors - like to see tables made from redwood.
    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.  Registered republican.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • ETBeeETBee Posts: 46
    Beautiful job!  The color variations in the wood are really striking.
  • At least we have one handy person in the family. Looks awesome! 
  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 1,045
    The redwood is beautiful - nice job!!!

    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

  • XLBalcoXLBalco Posts: 604
    nice job!
  • Very nice looking table!!

    You used a clear spar urethane didn't you?  The sealant I used was actually colored "redwood" so it tinted my wood a reddish color.  I actually like the natural color variation of your wood better - wish I would've used a clear protectant!!
    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
  • I did use a clear urethane.  I was wavering between the satin finish I used and a semi-gloss.  The semi-gloss would have added a nice shine, but it may have been too much.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 21,441
    I try to use satin clears in all my wood projects if I use urethanes or polyurethanes.  Doesn't show imperfections off as much, and I'm almost always using recycled wood with all kinds of patches and nail holes.
    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.  Registered republican.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • just in time for November. 
  • Hey Dad, I can't see real good, is that Bob Villa?
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