I want to thank everyone for their helpful answers. I am taking your advice and pulling the guts fom the inside and removing the top. Worked some more on building the table tonight and it's coming along nicely. Unfortunately, I live in a small subdivision in the country and everybody is middle age or older with bad backs or previous hernia problems. Can't call on young neighborhood studs for help, but we'll get the job done! My wife is salivating at the thought of me making smoke so I better hurry up!