The Big Green Egg Table: Part 1
by Patrick Harper - Blood, Sweat, and Sawdust
When you have a good friend who helps you a lot, you take care of them. So, when my good friend asked if I could build him a Big Green Egg table, I said, “of course”. Unfortunately, I could only offer my services at cost. So, I put a little extra effort into making this table as nice as possible.
Instead of making this table out of construction lumber, I went with cedar. I built the legs from rough 16/4 stock and the rails from 8/4 stock. I also used draw-bored mortise and tenon joinery. This makes the table stronger and more attractive than the average BGE table.
After milling up the rough lumber, I made quick work of the mortises in the legs. I mortised the legs with a plunge router and my new mortise jig. Then, I cut the tenons on the table saw with a dado stack.
With the joinery cut, I test fit all the joints and made any adjustments. Then, I drilled the draw-bore holes in the legs and tenons. For a complete write-up on the technique , check out my earlier post on draw-boring. With that complete, it was time to glue up the base.
Next, I attached casters to make this table mobile. Then, I added braces to the upper and lower rails. The upper brace provides and anchor for the top slats after I cut the hole for the grill. The lower brace strengthens the area where the grill sits.
All that’s left is the top, shelf, and delivery. Check out part 2 of the cedar Big Green Egg Table build.