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LBGE Table With Concrete Top

Hey guys/girls, this is my first post. I'm new to the Big Green Egg. Just bought the large and a bunch of accessories. I decided to build my own table tho. I wasn't a fan of the wood top and my local granite shop wanted $450 for a slab so I decided to do my own concrete top. I'm planning on finishing the base tomorrow. And starting to pour the concrete top on Monday. I have already build my form with melamine. Going to be an inch and a half thick. My question is, how can I get a nice circle form. I've seen people use styrofoam, but I couldn't find anything local. Any help would be appreciated. I started the frame late yesterday evening. I'm building it all out of western cedar. 

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  • blastingblasting Posts: 5,878
    edited June 2016
    Welcome. 

    to get the circle, you can cut the circle with a router and circle cutter out of plywood.  Or you could use a string and pencil to draw it and cut it out of wood with a jig saw.
    Phoenix 
  • DaveRichardsonDaveRichardson Posts: 2,324

    Look for a pre-cut wooden piece and coat it in wax paper.

    Cheaper would be to get a piece of foam and use the pencil / compass method to draw out the size of the circle you want.  cut it a little proud and sand it smooth.

    LBGE #19 from North GA Eggfest, 2014

    Stockbridge, GA - just south of Atlanta where we are covered up in Zombies!  #TheWalkingDead films practically next door!

  • JstrokeJstroke Posts: 1,798
    Take a piece of pink/blue insulation board they use for foundations. Laminate up a piece 2-3!layers then cut out your circle. Remember to give yourself some wiggle room an extra inch  maybe
    Columbus, Ohio--A Gasser filled with Matchlight and an Ugly Drum.
  • CSmithCSmith Posts: 44
    Thanks guys for the tips! So basically, get a sheet of insulating foam board and cut it. I'm making my hole roughly, 22". So maybe make the hole like 21-1/2" and then give myself a half inch to sand? Does that sound right? Lol. Do I need to use anything around the part I cut to make sure it's smooth when I poor my concrete? Maybe packaging tape?
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 5,375
    Many moons ago a friend made a concrete top and for the circle he just cut a 2 or 3 inch wide strip of galvanized sheet. Marked off the length of the circumference and just joined the ends with a couple of pop rivets. It formed a nice even circle.

    He did fill the interior of the metal form with wet sand so that it wouldn't deform when he poured in the concrete mix.

    Worked well for him and was a cheap quick way to make a circular form.
    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • CSmithCSmith Posts: 44
    Have another question. I'm going to be putting the egg in the table, on top of a BGE table nest and a paver of some sort. What should be the distance from the bottom of the egg to the top of the table? My top will be 1.5" thick and my table legs are 31.5" tall. 
  • CSmithCSmith Posts: 44
    edited June 2016
    Have another question. I'm going to be putting the egg in the table, on top of a BGE table nest and a paver of some sort. What should be the distance from the bottom of the egg to the top of the table? My slab will be 1.5" thick. My table legs are 31.5"
  • CSmithCSmith Posts: 44
    A little update. Been working a lot so haven't had any time to work on the table. Today I had a couple hours to work on it. Got the one side framed in with corrugated tin. Built (no picture and not attached) double door, and got the concrete top mold formed. Seen a neat idea with garden edging to make the cut out for the egg. Went with fiberglass and it worked good. Got the day off so will finish the table base and shelves and attach doors and pour the concrete! My egg will be here Friday so need to hurry it up!
  • HoustonEggerHoustonEgger Posts: 546
    Nice work so far - almost exactly what I've got planned for mine so I'll be watching to see how yours turns out!
    Formerly of Houston, TX - Now Located in Bastrop, TX
    I work in the 'que business now (since 2017)

    6 Eggs: (1) XL, (2) Large, (1) Small, (1) Minimax & (1) Mini - Egging since 2007
    Also recently gained: (1) Gas Thing (came with the house), (1) 36" Blackstone Griddle & (1) Pitts & Spitts Pellet Smoker
  • JstrokeJstroke Posts: 1,798
    I like it that is sharp
    Columbus, Ohio--A Gasser filled with Matchlight and an Ugly Drum.
  • CSmithCSmith Posts: 44

    Here's one of the doors. Next picture will be with the egg in it! The top turned out decent. I'm sure I'll do another down the road. Just to wait for the egg to show up!
  • CSmithCSmith Posts: 44
    Concrete top is not perfect by any means. This was my first time working with any concrete at all. It will serve its purpose tho! I still need to take some Portland and fill in the air bubbles throughout the top. And then seal it. Now to throw the last door on and reinstall the shelves under the egg. 
  • StillSmokenStillSmoken Posts: 327
    Awesome! Looks good from here. Nice build!  
    Kennesaw Ga. XL Egg. Cheers, Kevin
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