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MY NEW EGG TABLE !!! --- 2ND time around

Below is the table that I just built.  I only have one question.....should I stain the butcher block top the same color as the table, or just seal it and go with the natural colors?  Opinions please.  I've got a few touch ups to do but I couldn't wait to post the pics.  Hope you like. Thanks.


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  • YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 2,518
    Beautiful table.

    IMO, I would seal the top.  I like the contrast in color between the two.
    XL and a Mini Max Egg in Cincinnati, Ohio
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  • tyenic1tyenic1 Posts: 149
    I agree with YemTrey, just stain the top looks classy. Nice work
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  • vidalia1vidalia1 Posts: 7,091
    Beautiful table...please put something between the stone and the bottom of the BGE for air flow...your table will get scorched sitting the way it is...
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  • SherriffSherriff Posts: 21
    Great work!
    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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  • RaymontRaymont Posts: 334

    Agree..

    Also, recommend you put feet or spacers between your egg and your pavers.

    Small & Large BGE

    Nashville, TN

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  • stripedeggstripedegg Posts: 87
    I'll put the feet on tonight. My wife and 6 yr old twins weren't strong enough to lift the egg anymore.
    The Nest Whisperer
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  • BotchBotch Posts: 3,269
    I'd definitely not stain the top, both because a light top/darker base looks better, plus because I've ruined every project I've used stain on; I don't use the stuff anymore.
    Beautiful table!  
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  • six_eggsix_egg Posts: 615
    Looks awesome but how do you open your beer?

    XLBGE, LBGE 

    Texarkana, TX

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  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 6,845
    That is beautiful!  I agree with the consensus on keeping the natural color on the top.  


    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,564
    I will add the poly will darken the wood some...
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • stripedeggstripedegg Posts: 87
    edited July 2013

    six_egg said:

    Looks awesome but how do you open your beer?


    The Nest Whisperer
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  • YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 2,518
    @stripedegg, don't leave your laptop laying around the house with this forum open for her to read that comment!  LOL.
    XL and a Mini Max Egg in Cincinnati, Ohio
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  • stripedeggstripedegg Posts: 87

    six_egg said:

    Looks awesome but how do you open your beer?


    The Nest Whisperer
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,564

    six_egg said:

    Looks awesome but how do you open your beer?

    My wife brings it to me already opened
    Damn... My wife hides mine.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • lilwootylilwooty Posts: 213
    Wow...thanks for making my table look like a yard sale giveaway.  JK looking good!

    Living Large and XL

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  • AquacopAquacop Posts: 468
    First of all - I HATE YOU, yes that is Jealousy talking aloud, but keep the Natural Color, It looks great. You should be very proud!
    LBGE 2013 Located in Savannah, Georgia
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  • stripedeggstripedegg Posts: 87
    Aquacop said:

    First of all - I HATE YOU, yes that is Jealousy talking aloud, but keep the Natural Color, It looks great. You should be very proud!

    Thank you. I'm very proud as it is my favorite part of our patio.
    The Nest Whisperer
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  • DuganboyDuganboy Posts: 1,118
    That is a beautiful table.  I bet you come from a family of guys who are really known for being able to build things. ^:)^
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  • CharlesmaneriCharlesmaneri Posts: 1,295
    that is awesome the only thing that would make it better is a granite top 
    2 Large Eggs and a Mini 2 Pit Bulls and a Pork shoulder or butt nearby and 100% SICILIAN
    Long Island N.Y.
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  • stripedeggstripedegg Posts: 87

    that is awesome the only thing that would make it better is a granite top 

    Absolutely granite would be great. Send me $1290 plus a granite cutting bit for a jigsaw and I'll swap it out.
    The Nest Whisperer
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  • stripedeggstripedegg Posts: 87
    Duganboy said:

    That is a beautiful table.  I bet you come from a family of guys who are really known for being able to build things. ^:)^

    Duganboy....that is true. I spent many hours in our shop watching my Dad build furniture. Without his teachings I'd be like a caveman with a club
    The Nest Whisperer
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  • tulocaytulocay Posts: 1,737
    That is a great looking table.
    LBGE, Marietta, GA
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  • Drewdlc17Drewdlc17 Posts: 124
    Great carpentry!!! You got to stain the top a darker color tho!
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  • cazzycazzy Posts: 8,237
    henapple said:
    I will add the poly will darken the wood some...
    I agree.  We decided not to use Sikkens Teak Oil for the redwood top on my table, but the sealant still darkened it.  

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    After
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    Still got contrast...not as much as you have now, but I'd rather have protection.


    Beautiful Table!  Great job!
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
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  • stripedeggstripedegg Posts: 87
    Wow.....that is really really nice. Excellent
    The Nest Whisperer
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  • cazzycazzy Posts: 8,237
    edited July 2013
    Wow.....that is really really nice. Excellent
    Thanks!  Your table is very very nice too!

    I may be in the minority, but I think the natural look makes it look unfinished.  I think a few coats of sealant will darken it a lil bit and put it over the top!  You'll probably end up loving it way more.  Good luck!
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
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  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 1,123
    I'd darken the top some but I do think it looks like an amazing set up.  Either way, you've got a beautiful set up.
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    XL 6/06, Mini 6/12, L 10/12, Mini #2 12/14
    Tampa Bay, FL
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,788
    Beautiful table! 

    I'd not stain it, but it's all personal preference.  I almost never stain stuff I make.  I use recycled old cypress, so darkens up more than the new stuff with a sealant. 

    One thing you can do, and I did this on the two tables I built, is soak the top in marine epoxy (this stuff) let it cure, sand, then put a couple coats of spar varnish, sanding between coats.  The epoxy soaks up into the wood and creates a super strong dent resistant surface (and water proofs it) and the spar varnish keeps the UV rays from yellowing the epoxy.  My cypress top is almost a year and a half old and it still looks new.

    When ya building your dad's table ;)


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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,788
    cazzy said:
    henapple said:
    I will add the poly will darken the wood some...
    I agree.  We decided not to use Sikkens Teak Oil for the redwood top on my table, but the sealant still darkened it.  

    Before
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    After
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    Still got contrast...not as much as you have now, but I'd rather have protection.


    Beautiful Table!  Great job!
    I knew ya couldn't stay away forever dude!
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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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