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  • Re: New Cedar Egg Table

    I was trying to get Penofin but the guy at Sherwin Williams was giving me a run around. Out of pure laziness I put some Thompson's on it again because I had only a certain amount of time that day. I am going to try and keep it covered as much as possible. The finish lasted probably 2.5 years last time.
  • Re: New Cedar Egg Table

    Table rehab is done. Came out not perfect but better than ok in my opinion.  Everything feels solid again. 

    The egg itself got a new nomex gasket, a High-q stainless steel plate for the bottom of the firebox, new front door/screen for the bottom and a good shining of the Smokeware stainless steel chimney cap. Managed to cut myself on the Smokeware cap while cleaning the underside of it's top edge. No project is ever truly complete without some sort of blood shed. 

    While I would of liked to have the umbrella hole about 8 inches more to the right I put it where it is because that is the spot where I can open the umbrella (without lifting it) and still have it barely clear the chimney. If I move the table back against the house it would still miss hitting the siding along the right side of the table.  It is also far enough away from the egg that I could leave it closed and not worry about it catching fire while the egg is hot.  This table has seen enough external fires already.

    The new reinforcing blocks on the bottom frame seem to be doing the trick to counter the sag I was experiencing.

    Probably most importantly I finally put the spare cover I had lying around on it to protect it from the UV rays.

  • Re: New Cedar Egg Table

    Update: I have received multiple requests for the sketchUp files for the table and wanted to let everyone know that I am working on updating them (the files). I need to add reinforcement to the center bottom section as I have seen some minor separation there and want to get that address first. As an aside I am going to be sanding and refinishing the table next week. It's long over due! Also thinking about drilling a hole on the left to slide in an umbrella as I tend to BBQ in some nasty weather (snow storms, heavy rain, super storm Sandy, etc). I will also try and figure out a place to put the files instead of having to dig them off my hard drive constantly. Drop box maybe. Stay tuned.
  • Re: My apron is better than your apron.

    I saw a pic once of an apron that says "Never Trust A Skinny Cook". Wish I had that one.
  • Re: New Cedar Egg Table

    Ok so I just pulled the egg out of the table so I can do some maintenance on both the table and the egg. Plans are to 1). completely redo the table finish. 2). modify the table so I can slide an umbrella into it. 3). correct the design flaw that allowed some minor separation to occur below the paver (see pic below). Once I have the flaw corrected I will modify the SketchUp plans to reflect the new design. I know some of you guys have asked for them and I wanted to get this fixed first so no one else has this issue. Should be a simple modification. Also notice no scorch marks on the wood below where the concrete paver was :-). The egg was one the ceramic feet which is on the paver. In a moment of remembrance you can still see the two scorch marks on top of the table from when I had accidentally set it on fire right after I built it :-(. Refinished pics to follow once everything is done.
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