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  • 1958 Oak Dresser -> 2 Egg Table Conversion

    When I moved to DC in 2010, my Dad gave me a hand-me-down, retro, oak dresser that my grandparents had ordered and built for them in Franklin, NC. The thing is solid. 


    When I was sanding it down I found a stamp on it that said 1958. 


    Amidst our many moves around DC and VA it somehow slipped into the U-Haul each time and cycled through 3 of our townhouses, up and down sets of stairs and around impossible corners. It was in pretty rough shape and had 5 shades of sharpie, crayon and scratches on the surface. Even after I sanded it and stained it, it was never quite up to par for our "decor," so I was told. Honestly, it was a little bulky and didn't operate so smooth. The drawers were a bit finicky and my wife was not a huge fan of it - indoors. But it served a purpose and met two qualifications - it was 1) free and 2) worked ok. However, being somewhat nostalgic about it, I could never bring myself to try and sell it or give it away. I thought it might still have a good use - outdoors.

    Last year I did some serious restoring on my old Medium (circa 1996) and named it Denberg after my old next door neighbor who passed it on to our family. After I completed that project it popped into my head that rather than parting ways with this dresser I could give it a new purpose. I had acquired a Large in NC last year and I really wanted to have them side by side, out of nests, in the same table. After a few months of brainstorming and a move back to Georgia, one Saturday I was sick of it sitting in the garage collecting dust, so I decided I would put my plans into action.

    The rest can be explained by photos:
  • Re: I'm jealous of all the other groups- anyone in central NC want to do a charcoal pallet buy?

    @wolfpack @highway I will be passing through all said areas on a move back to ATL from DC in early-mid December. In-laws in Weddington, NC. I would be game for 3-5 bags depending upon what you choose, price and accessibility/timing. Put me down as a maybe.
  • DAWGS on, hogs on. (Turbo Butt - New Large!)

    Drove down to Weddington from Arlington last night. Got in around midnight.

    Got up this morning and took my brother in law to pick up my new Large in Kannapolis. It is beautiful. New big sister for Denberg.

    Whipped up a brine last night when I got in around midnight. On the gamble that a first time turbo cook would be risky I thought an overnight brine could help offset the fast cook... Maybe unnecessary but did it anyway just to see... Only been on a little over an hour and plan to try and eat around 8. Hoping to get the DAWGS in and out of Nashville uninjured. Never thought I would say that.

    Half apple, half hickory over WGWW at 350. Fingers crossed.
  • Restoring Denberg (PICS)


    My neighbor in Atlanta, Jeff Denberg, had set up shop right across the fence from where I used to shoot hoops and play in the backyard when I was little. He was a sports reporter for the AJC and covered the Hawks. Back when I used to think the pro-basketball was respectable - I mean the Dream Team was legit... I thought Jeff had a really awesome job and he was a pretty cool dude. He gave me a few Hawks jerseys and would usually bring me back some sort of swag from whatever traveling the team was doing that month. He went everywhere with the team, including Russia.

    Many evenings, I would be out back shooting hoops or chasing a dog, and he would be cooking or smoking something on this round, egg-shaped green device with its own table. As a middle-schooler, I had not yet become a foodie, but I knew what that my dad could cook a mean thanksgiving turkey on our Weber gasser, rotisserie-style. But the smells and samples coming from this green device Jeff used were unbelievable. There was definitely a mystique surrounding it - ribs, brisket, turkey... what the heck is this this thing and why don't we have one?

    Sadly, Jeff lost his battle with brain cancer in March of 2004. His wife, Lynda, gave his egg to my dad and the rest is history...

    Almost ten years later, hundreds of pounds of meat and charcoal and thousands of miles, the egg is still a part of the family. When I went to school out west my dad let me drive it out there with me and he upgraded to a Large. In 2007, I was moving, and when it came time to load up the egg I was rolling it in the nest down an icy sidewalk (pushing instead of pulling) and hit a crack in the cement and over it went. It fractured the base but the rest was surprisingly undamaged. It made it back to Athens, GA with me in '08 still in one piece. But the more I used it, the crack gradually got worse and started affecting air flow and it got the the point where post-cook it would burn through all my lump.

    So, I finally had some spare time last week and this weekend to go to work on it. I disassembled, sanded, JB Welded, sanded, painted, and installed a new Rutland/Permatex gasket from @RRP. I have decided to call it "Denberg" from here on out.

    Now I am in search of a deal on a used Large as a companion for Denberg. Will be modifying a retro hand-me-down oak dresser currently in our bedroom (wife hates) to be a two-egg table and drawer space. Will update once table is started and finished and Large is added.


    Side Crack
    Cracked MBGE bottom
    Cracked Base

    JB Weld Supplies

    Applied JB Weld to both sides of crack and stuck it together overnight:
    JB Welded Base

    Lightly sanded lid and base with a #80 and #120 grit random orbit sandpaper
    Lightly Sanded

    Took my newer rain cap in and HD was able to match pretty well.
    Behr Premium Plus Ultra
    Pre Paint Job  Painted
    JB Weld Internal
    Rutland On
    Permatex bead
    photo 1

    Permatex bleeding thru Rutland
    Permatex coming thru Rutland

    Foiled lid before shutting overnight to cure
    photo 2

    Fully Restored Denberg
  • Re: Rabbit?

    Stew it in cast iron with some carrots and mushrooms and a roux or gravy and serve it over white rice. Needs a good long slow cook to tenderize. Could deglaze with some red wine.
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