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Large Egg-Mates for XL nest?

CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 7,372
edited July 29 in EggHead Forum
Have a spare set of new Large egg mates and hoping I can make it fit my XL nest.
Two pictures below, thinking of flattening the curve to match XL band, it should also spread the holes to match the bolts? What say you?

P.s. ignore the studs on the second photo, I placed the egg mate against front of XL band to illustrate the gap that needs flattening. 

Calling egg dealers on the forum, @pgprescott , @stlcharcoal ?

canuckland

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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 14,264
    Not an egg dealer, bit I think it will work. You may need to make the holes (where the  shelf attaches to the curved bracket, by your left hand) into slots, to accommodate flattening the curve of the bracket?

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 10,282
    You can easily make it work.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 7,372
    Thanks guys, will give it a shot.
    canuckland
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 8,309
    If I recall right that's what I did on my XL. 
    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 7,372
    WeberWho said:
    If I recall right that's what I did on my XL. 
    Great! Any chance you remember or can you check if any drilling was involved? Also, a  good way to flatten the curve? Thanks 
    canuckland
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 8,309
    WeberWho said:
    If I recall right that's what I did on my XL. 
    Great! Any chance you remember or can you check if any drilling was involved? Also, a  good way to flatten the curve? Thanks 
    I tracked down my old post on my XL and it turns out the mates I bought were for an XL. The ones I ended up bending and fitting were my large mates to my small egg. Sorry about that. 

    I locked down one end of the mates with the stud and nut and formed the shape of the egg pressing against it until I reached the other end. It didn't take much to form it. What gave me issues was brackets that stick out that hold the arms of the table mates. Once you change the original shape of the mates the brackets don't line up and lock into place right. So I had play around and bend the brackets so the arms could lock into position. I had to extend the bolt further out for it to catch. Hopefully your bands on the mates doesn't change all that much. 



    If you have any issue bending the band on the mates a couple of longer wood clamps would probably help you with forming it if you have any available. I don't recall the band on the mates giving me any issues though. 

    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 7,372
    @WeberWho really appreciate your digging into this and the detailed information, will report back.
    canuckland
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 7,372
    Everything went well more or less exactly as @WeberWho described. Should have checked the studs without the nuts yesterday  :)   turned out the nest studs fit the eggmate bracket slots without drilling or flattening the curve.

    I figured as long as it's secured I don't need to flatten bracket for exact fit. However, upon tightening the nuts the bracket flattens a bit, causing the side arms to point in; this slight misalignment made the shelf hard to slide and engage.

    Protected with towel and sandwiched the arm with scrap oak as shown, pushed the wood out gently and done!


    Next: Stain and seal wood slats, apply small piece of scrap gasket under outer slat edge where it bangs on the ceramic bottom.

    Thanks again guys for your help and encouragement. This is still a friendly place  :)
    canuckland
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 8,309
    Everything went well more or less exactly as @WeberWho described. Should have checked the studs without the nuts yesterday  :)   turned out the nest studs fit the eggmate bracket slots without drilling or flattening the curve.

    I figured as long as it's secured I don't need to flatten bracket for exact fit. However, upon tightening the nuts the bracket flattens a bit, causing the side arms to point in; this slight misalignment made the shelf hard to slide and engage.

    Protected with towel and sandwiched the arm with scrap oak as shown, pushed the wood out gently and done!


    Next: Stain and seal wood slats, apply small piece of scrap gasket under outer slat edge where it bangs on the ceramic bottom.

    Thanks again guys for your help and encouragement. This is still a friendly place  :)
    Good deal! I'm glad it worked out for you. 
    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 7,372
    edited August 2
    Big mistake removing the wood slats to refinish because the self tapping machine screws were countersunk, many at an angle ☹️
    Even with careful handling, no power tool, I ended up taking out a chunk of wood on three of the screws. All but 1 or 2 self tapping screws could not be retightened fully.

    Down the road, I’ll probably make custom shelves with scrap wood, and secure with invisible screws from below, that’s how I built the custom front folding shelf for my Traeger Pro 34.
    canuckland
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 8,309
    I also replaced my mates tops and used screws from below to give it a cleaner look from the topside. 


    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 7,372
    @WeberWho Nice, love your stain contrast. You need to make new handles to match though  ;)
    canuckland
  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 9,854
    I traded my wood shelves out for granite and used hidden fasteners too.  After 10yrs I had to cut the self rapper screws loose with a sawzall 



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    2008 -Large BGE. 2013- Small BGE and 2015 - Mini. Henderson, Ky.
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 7,372
    @Mattman3969 , love it. Thanks for the warning re those damn screws,  have to keep an eye on them, I suppose with these shelves screw up is not a bad thing 😅
    Btw, do you take any precaution to prevent granite banging the ceramic?
    canuckland
  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 9,854
    I keep meaning to epoxy a rubber bumper on the back of the shelf but never have. I think they have only been lowered once or twice since I put them on so I keep forgetting about it. 

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    2008 -Large BGE. 2013- Small BGE and 2015 - Mini. Henderson, Ky.
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