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XL Cedar Table with Concrete Top

Wanted to say thanks to all the inspiration on these forums and show off my Egg's new seat.  I'm not near creative enough to have done this without having all you guys ideas to steal from.  Hope you all like it, and it inspires someone else to build a table for their Egg.  











Special thanks to these two in particular, I pretty much copied and pasted your builds.
- @GT_Egg http://https//eggheadforum.com/discussion/1199681/cedar-and-concrete-table-almost-done/p1
- @NC_Egghead http://https//eggheadforum.com/discussion/1197699/xl-table-a-labor-of-love/p1



Comments

  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 9,817
    I'm REALLY disappointed in your design and build quality...I expected much better!
    I'm going to help you out by hauling away that scrap pile of material at no charge and give you a chance to redeem yourself on your second table...
    Please go back and re-read this when you are very drunk and give me a call to set up a time for pick up.

    Amazing looking table!
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • Very nice quality.   You know what you are doing and it shows.
  • Where did you get the cedar?  I'm about to build one after Christmas and would love to use Cedar but I can't seem to find it locally.  
  • SaltySamSaltySam Posts: 730
    Solid!

    LBGE since June 2012

    Omaha, NE

  • That is one sweet set up. Great build and that brisky isn't too shabby either. Welcome to the forum.
    Greensboro North Carolina
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  • Thanks for the kind words.  @hogfan412 I have no idea what I’m doing but between here and YouTube I managed.  @Lowcountrygamecock got the cedar from McCoy’s here in Texas.  They tend to have better quality than the other big box stores.  It’s all 1x4. 
  • bucky925bucky925 Posts: 1,681
    You've got SKILLS!  Very Nice!

    Be careful when following the masses. Sometimes the M is silent.

  • dbCooperdbCooper Posts: 233
    Some real talent there, very nice!
    LBGE, 22" Weber
    Great Plains, USA
  • Where did you get the cedar?  I'm about to build one after Christmas and would love to use Cedar but I can't seem to find it locally.  

  • GoooDawgsGoooDawgs Posts: 1,056
    Love the concrete top!  One of the best tables I've seen.  You should be very proud! 
    Milton, GA 
    XL BGE & FB300
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 32,344
    Very impressive!
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  • Tspud1Tspud1 Posts: 1,200
    That's a work of art, impressive.
  • GT_EggGT_Egg Posts: 22
    Nice work. Looks really good!
    Roswell, GA

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  • speed51133speed51133 Posts: 344
    edited December 2019
    are you concerned with the cedar expanding and contracting with humidity and the rigidity of the concrete??

    Did you cast it in place? I want to do the same, but cast in place to avoid carrying it and cracking it. Is it solid or did you use a foam plug?? what is on the underside of it? does it rest directly on the cedar 4x4's??
  • Where did you get the cedar?  I'm about to build one after Christmas and would love to use Cedar but I can't seem to find it locally.  
    where are you located?? I have a cedar table I am going to be scrapping when I make my stone one this spring (was supposed to be a 2019 fall project but reasons...)
  • Tspud1Tspud1 Posts: 1,200
    are you concerned with the cedar expanding and contracting with humidity and the rigidity of the concrete??

    Did you cast it in place? I want to do the same, but cast in place to avoid carrying it and cracking it. Is it solid or did you use a foam plug?? what is on the underside of it? does it rest directly on the cedar 4x4's??
    I thought most concrete tops were cast upside down to get a smooth surface. I thought about having some done but I like you have some questions first. What about stain in concrete when pouring or is that something done later to surface. I did some stainless work for a guys outdoor kitchen that has concrete tops.

  • Yes, cast upside down for smooth top, BUT, with some trowel work and diamond pad polishing I am not concerned with it. I can also press down a foam or melamine board onto it to get it flat enough.

    With respect to the staining, you can stain it on the surface or stain the wet concrete before it is poured. I prefer staining the whole batch so it is colored throughout. The thing is it is hard to get that marbling effect if you are not staining the surface. 
  • jasonmcmillanjasonmcmillan Posts: 7
    edited December 2019
    are you concerned with the cedar expanding and contracting with humidity and the rigidity of the concrete??

    Did you cast it in place? I want to do the same, but cast in place to avoid carrying it and cracking it. Is it solid or did you use a foam plug?? what is on the underside of it? does it rest directly on the cedar 4x4's??
    I'm not concerned about the wood expansion causing the concrete to crack.  It is just caulked down to the wood.  I imagine the caulking will give before the concrete cracks.  I did use lap joints on all the paneling to avoid gaps formed during changes in weather.

    I used the reverse cast in white melamine to make the countertop.  There are some awesome youtube videos on this guys channel with all sorts of ways to pull this off.  

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9aRTgvFLqnK1S0RsWZzlMw

    The concrete was super heavy and took some friends and neighbors to get to the back yard.  You just have to factor in an extra case of beer and some brisket for the friends when calculating the cost of the table.  

    Used a foam plug for the Egg section of the concrete.  Reinforced the narrow section of the concrete with some rebar.  It turned out pretty solid.  

    Here is a picture below just the structure side of the table before bringing the countertop in.  All legs are two 1x4's laminated together.  The runners are 1x4s using a mortise and tenon joints.  I was concerned with all the weight so I bought some 2x4s and and installed some additional support for the big countertop.  Used some lap joints on the runs across the depth of the table.  Did a jump test on it before bringing the countertop.  

    With all that said, I'm no expert at any of this.  Just watched some youtube videos and winged it.  This thing may fall apart by next summer, but I had fun building it. I'm willing to give it another go if it does.  


  • Man that is very nice indeed.
    The problem with a problem is that you don't know it's a problem until it's a problem.
  • NC_EggheadNC_Egghead Posts: 786
    Awesome build! It looks like you will enjoy your set up for many years to come. 
    Charlotte, NC

    XL BGE, WSM, Weber Genesis 2, Weber Kettle
  • Awesome build! It looks like you will enjoy your set up for many years to come. 
    Thanks.  Wouldn’t have been able to build it without yours to model it after.  
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 13,397
    Damn nice build. That’s a great eggdom you have. 

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  • BotchBotch Posts: 9,104
    Stunning job, Jason!   B)
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  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 9,817
    Yes, cast upside down for smooth top, BUT, with some trowel work and diamond pad polishing I am not concerned with it. I can also press down a foam or melamine board onto it to get it flat enough.

    With respect to the staining, you can stain it on the surface or stain the wet concrete before it is poured. I prefer staining the whole batch so it is colored throughout. The thing is it is hard to get that marbling effect if you are not staining the surface. 
    Could you not add the stain to wet concrete and then stain the top as well for effect?
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • speed51133speed51133 Posts: 344
    Haha. I guess so... Good point
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