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to build or not to build a tableTable

Chef in the MakingChef in the Making Posts: 902
edited 10:14PM in EggHead Forum
My wife wants to buy me a table for my Egg but I said no. I thought they were two expensive, 465 for a large table and it doesn't look anywhere as nice as the ones I see on the Forum so I told her that I could build one. (I have all of the tools but not sure it would look as good as what I have seen on the forum). Did I make the right decision.


  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    It depends,do you know how to work all the tools? :lol: Just kidding man,at least if you build your own,you can customize it to suite your needs and/or space :)
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    It's not that hard and is considerably less expensive to make you own. And in my opinion a little more personally fulfilling, but I am one of the "do-it-yourself" guys.
  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    I built a table for my large from the BGE site for only $40 bucks.
  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,714
    Good man say'n no to needless spending, it is indeed more fun & a lot cheaper to build your own - for probably less than 1/3 of the money that would be spent on a pre-made table, you can build a better one
    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • I just built my table last weekend in about 5 hours, and roughly $80. It isn't fancy like many I have seen on the forum, but it is at least as fancy as the one I saw in the showroom and much heavier duty. I bought the egg with no nest though and needed it to be mobile so I did it in a big hurry. I saved enough money by doing it myself that I could buy new lumber and build a second and still be under 465.
  • MaineggMainegg Posts: 7,787
    or by a mini :whistle: to sit on the top of the table ;)
  • It took my wife 3 days to start talking to me as it was when I bough the LG. I should probably hold off on getting the mini. :huh:
  • If you like to make stuff or you were looking for an excuse to make stuff the table is a great project!

    I made the basic table with wheels and have been modifying and adding to it ever since! The original table, made out of mahogany with stone and wheels was slightly under $200. (the wood was about $135 as I recall).

    Most recently I added holes for a Market umbrella for cooking (comfortably) in foul weather.
  • My thanks to all. I will build a table
  • What kind of wood did you use that you got by for $80? My initial checking I am look at about $200 in materials, even coming from a big box store.
  • OK, I have receipt in hand:

    2 4X4X8 @ 5.97 = 11.94
    15 2X4X7 @ 1.89 = 28.35
    1 16X16 paving stone = 2.99
    2 2" swivel casters = 7.96
    2 2" fixed casters = 5.96
    Total 57.20+ tax

    I also bought an electric starter & cast iron smoker box that a later returned, for a grand total of 90.61

    I got home and didn't end up having enough 2X4's but always have a few laying around so I was able to finish my build. This table is extremely heavy and I plan to get 1 of those stainless shower bars and anchor it into the 4X4 so I can lift it over the gap from my garage to the driveway.

    I notched the 4X4s so the 2X4s would seat in them for extra support. All I knew was that the egg is very heavy. Having seen so many awesome tables in the forum lately I wish I would have taken more time and made it a little prettier. And I definitely undersized my wheels. It is pretty hard to push.

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