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XL table - a labor of love

Finally getting around to posting about my Egg table build. Too hot to do anything else!

So I started out thinking I would be purchasing a Large Egg but then changed my mind, and the table plans for an XL.
I used Cypress for most of the construction. The boards were 5/4 rough all sides so the first thing to do was clean them up. Here's a few of the boards and how they looked at the start of the process:

Ran them through the planer:

Without dust collection this tool can make a mess in a hurry!
As noted above, I originally was going to purchase a large and so I started the glue up of my table top. Here's one half:

And the other getting prepped:

I wound up cutting these 2 slabs up for other parts after I decided to go with the XL and a solid surface top. This all happened in the Fall of 2014. Since my wife and I run our own business, I had to put off the table build until the following Spring. I had the entire winter to reflect on the table and the Egg and decided I also wanted a better plan rather than just winging it. I also want to give a big shout-out to @BearQ. It was your table plan I saw here that I really liked so this is my XL version of your table. Thanks BearQ!

I took some time learning sketch up well enough to serve me with some decent plans. Some of the plans for XL tables on the web are not proportionally correct which was throwing me off. Once I had these plans in front of me, I was much better off.

I got back to work in the spring making all the pieces and dry fitting them together:




No mechanical fasteners at this point. M&T joinery:

The panels were fun to build. First ripped the 5/4 stock in half:

Planed it and then cut the T&G's on the table saw:

I wanted to enhance the side panels so they would have some character and not be totally flat. It's also more forgiving! I ran them through the table saw again to get this finished product: Of course NO glue was used during the assembly of these. They just fit into dado's cut into their corresponding frame pieces.

Also put together a couple drawers:


Fitted them onto some sweet Blum HD full extension soft closing slides:

Next, the drawer front and doors. I used biscuits to join the frames together:

Doors are hung on Blum euro soft closing hinges.

So remember last October, when it decided to monsoon every day? Yep, that's when I had scheduled to apply the finish; varnish, of course. I really started to question my thought process on the finish, which I had agonized over and researched ad-nauseum. Finally you've just got to pull the trigger! I used Epifanes marine varnish and applied 6 coats, all thinned according to their instructions. I also used an HVLP sprayer for the first 5 coats but then applied the last, full strength coat with a foam brush. It came out fantastic!



Here it is with some sweet SS casters mounted:

There are plenty of granite fabricators in the area so I found one that was reasonable, picked out the stone, and he came by to measure. I also made a template out of masonite for the lower shelf. Being made out of mostly cypress, the table is relatively light. Once the granite was installed, it got VERY heavy!
Here it is still in the workshop after the granite, before the Egg:

With all the rain we had, my yard was super soft. I knew those casters would just sink right in but when my dealer came out to install it, he and his helper help me move it around back before the egg was put in. It was heavy now, but about to get SUPER heavy!

I also built this table to the size of the BGE XL table with the hopes of the cover fitting. I didn't buy a cover ahead of time and take measurements. That was the old anal me. well, I was pleasantly surprised:


Wait for it.....






TADA!

Overall I am extremely happy with this work space and the functionality of the cabinet. I can fit my Woo and AR and stone, etc in the side cabinet and gloves, lighters, etc. in the drawer. The side table is also enough space to place different rigs if changing out during a cook. I still need to add a tool holder and a couple bottle openers, including one I picked up from @Thatgrimguy during Butt Blast.

Epilogue: After being out in the NC humidity for a few months, the door and drawer parts expanded and blew some of the corners out in the frames. I assembled this with plenty of room for movement in the panels but attribute the issue to the varnish acting as a binder, holding everything tightly together. No worries, if I can build it, I can fix it, and that is in process right now. Is the table perfect? No, but it's pretty dang nice and besides, I enjoyed building it. I literally machined every single edge of every single board. Maybe this proves I can still muster up some patience if need be! =)


Charlotte, NC

XL BGE, WSM, Weber Genesis 2, Weber Kettle
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Comments

  • BilZolBilZol Posts: 698
    Beautiful craftsmanship. 
    Bill   Denver, CO
    XL, 2L's, and MM
  • EggNorthEggNorth Posts: 1,126
    Amazing skill and table, also a great post which was fun and educational to read.    Thank you for posting such details.
    Dave
    Cambridge, Ontario - Canada
    LBGE (2010), Mini Max (2015)
  • Chris8938Chris8938 Posts: 118
    I am jealous of your skill.  Very impressed @NC_Egghead
    Appleton, WI    Inherited LBGE
  • johnmitchelljohnmitchell Posts: 4,634
    That is truly Awesome.. What a great detailed post, and workmanship.. Happy egging..
    Greensboro North Carolina
    When in doubt Accelerate....
  • bigbadbenbigbadben Posts: 397
    Wow.  I consider myself an ok woodworker, you are an artist!  
  • JacksDadJacksDad Posts: 458
    That is awesome. I'm sure it's worth more to you than any store bought piece ever could. I'm jealous of your woodworking skills! 
    Large BGE -- New Jersey

  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 9,321
    Dang man, what a build.  I'm not worthy of something that nice.  
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    Thomasville, NC
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  • MotownVolMotownVol Posts: 464
    Super nice.  Outstanding craftsmanship.  I am so jealous.
    Morristown TN, LBGE and Mini-Max.
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 4,943
    Very nice!! Thanks for sharing the project in such detail.
    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • NC_EggheadNC_Egghead Posts: 542
    Thanks everyone for the kind words. It was fun to build and I can enjoy it every time I use my Egg. 
    Charlotte, NC

    XL BGE, WSM, Weber Genesis 2, Weber Kettle
  • artie325artie325 Posts: 16
    Very nice table! I love the joinery you used to make this table.
  • JohnnyTarheelJohnnyTarheel Posts: 5,139
    Wow.. A fantastic job.... Your great planning payed off big time...
    Charlotte, NC - Large BGE 2014, Maverick ET 733, Thermopen, Nest, Platesetter, Woo2 and Extender w/Grid, Kick Ash Basket, Pizza Stone, SS Smokeware Cap, Blackstone 36"
  • JoeyB106JoeyB106 Posts: 36
    wow that looks amazing!! great job!!!
    Joey B
  • rmr62rmr62 Posts: 233
    Awesome table.  I love the dove tails in the drawers
    Lagrange, GA   LBGE
  • GregWGregW Posts: 1,723
    Craftsmanship at it's finest.

    Birmingham, AL
  • ToxarchToxarch Posts: 1,672
    Very nicely done. Great attention to detail. 
    When I built mine, I decided to build the frame and then varnish the slats around the sides individually before installing them. I used a little clear silicone on the inside to keep any moisture out. It's under a roof but it hasn't shown any problems so far from the heat/cold over the last year.
    Aledo, Texas
    Large BGE
    KJ Jr.

    Exodus 12:9 KJV
    Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.

  • Beautiful. Truly a work of Art!!
  • GATABITESGATABITES Posts: 1,260
    My goodness! Excellent is the appropriate adjective! I wish i could do something like this. How much time did you put into the table? 
    XL BGE 
    Joe JR 
    Baltimore, MD
  • ThatgrimguyThatgrimguy Posts: 3,830
    Wow. That's one heck of a Table. Absolutely beautiful crafstmanship.
    Biloxi, MS
    Guild's Grocery BBQ Team
    The Grocery Cart
    XL / Small Green Eggs
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 6,345
    True craftsmanship in and out. Outstanding work!
  • Makes me wanna just take my ball and go home!  Great work!
    CC, TX
    1 Small, 1 Large, BGE Lump... and a lot of love.
  • BearQBearQ Posts: 174
    Beautiful table!, had I known before I could have sent you my sketchup file, I spent far more time learning and playing with sketch up than I did on the building of it. Yours is awesome.
    Barrie,Ont.,Canada.
  • bweekesbweekes Posts: 725
    This has to rank up there among the best table posts I've seen on this forum. Great work, craftsmanship and skill indeed. Enjoy. 
    Ajax, ON Canada
    (XL BGE, MED BGE, La Caja China #2, and the wife's Napoleon gasser)
  • SloppyJoeSloppyJoe Posts: 406
    Wow.  Very impressive. 
  • TblackTblack Posts: 55
    Great lookin table...awesome
    LBGE 
    Pike Road,Al


  • stichrunnerstichrunner Posts: 102
    I enjoyed this read. Table looks awesome and well illustrated. I have trouble remembering to take a pic of the food im cooking lol. Great job. 
    New Orleans, Louisiana. 
    XL bge, Napoleon Prestige  Pro 665 (gasser) sad that it won't be used much anymore. 
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 12,264
    Outstanding presentation, interesting read, and the resulting table is as solid, as it is beautiful. Excellent craftmanship with such an artististic creation.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 10,045
    I appreciate your taking the time to document an share those pictures with us. I really enjoyed walking thru the process and observing your skills and equipment. Thanks for sharing.....and beautiful work.
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    Talk-in' 'bout, hey now! Hey now! I-ko, I-ko, un-day
    Jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-né, jock-a-mo fee na-né

  • 1move1move Posts: 510
    Very well done!!! Awesome craftsmanship and it looks top notch!!!! Absolutely love when someone knows what they are doing and are passionate about it, it just shines throughout their work!!!
    XLBGE, MMBGE, CyberQ
  • stevezstevez Posts: 91
    Absolutely beautiful and congratulations.  You are very skilled sir!  Thanks for sharing.
    Steve

    X/L BGE

    Louisville, Kentucky
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