The Corner Cottage Journal: Making Your Own Big Green Egg Table
Welcome Guest Blogger: Nila D.
We’re proud to present guest blogger, Nila D. She’s a talented homemaker & DIY enthusiast living in Tacoma, Wash. In the Corner Cottage Journal, Nila takes us along as she remodels and remakes the 1940 city cottage she owns with her husband. Nila has a wonderful eye for detail and the fine, finishing touches that elevate even simple home projects. We hope you enjoy her posts!
Welcome back to the Corner Cottage Journal! I’m Nila and my husband is Henryk. Together we have restored a 1940 city cottage here in the beautiful state of Washington.
Over the last several months, it has been a blast sharing projects with all of you.
I really want to encourage you take the first step and try to tackle a DIY project of your own. Trust me, we know firsthand how scary it can be, and the doubt that can flood your mind. After a few successful projects under your belt, you’ll be a power-tool pro and actually look for new DIY projects to do!
Here’s how we built our Big Green Egg table for $388, including all the bells and whistles—a concealed cooler, marble cutting board, bottle opener and more!
Henryk has always wanted a Big Green Egg grill and we have seen them several times in specialty shops. A few months ago, McLendon Hardware became an official Big Green Egg dealer. Yaaaay!
I knew this spring I wanted to surprise Henryk with his Big Boy Grill! I was looking into buying a Big Green Egg grill and a Big Green Egg table together, but the price was steep.
I knew if I bought a grill, Henryk would be able to customize a table exactly how he would want and we could save some money in the process.
We started our project by pricing cedar boards and posts at Lowe’s, Home Depot and McLendon’s.
McLendon’s had the best prices, as well as the straightest and highest-quality wood. We bought 18 cedar boards and four cedar posts.
Then we made the frame. A large BGE weighs 162 pounds, so strength is important. To make the strong frame strong to support the grill’s weight, we joined the wood frame using two methods.
For the posts, we used cross-lap joints, which we secured with wood screws. For the cross braces, we used a Kreg® Joinery tool to make angled holes, allowing us to set recessed screws on an angle.
After we finished the table frame, we began cutting boards for the counter and storage surfaces. We screwed six boards across the top of the table and another six below.
Next was marking a grill cutout. Be sure to measure a hole that’s two or three inches wider than your BGE. To get a perfect circular shape, Henryk got a piece of wood and screwed one end to the table to act like a protractor.
Be sure to allow space for the back hinges! We forgot about them and had a glitch when we inserted our BGE—we had to go back to mark and cut a hinge space.
For the circular cut, we used a router. Remember to go nice and slow. It’s more about accuracy than speed.
We also used the router to carve a recess for a cutting board. This took forever, but the finished look and usefulness really made the time-consuming chore worth it!
To create our concealed cooler-access hatch, we used the cooler as a template and a used a scroll saw for the cut.
Henryk made a hinged wooden cover to hide the built-in cooler. Then Henryk carved an indention in the wood so we could lift the cooler lid without compromising on the countertop’s usable area. Then he boxed in the cooler to conceal it. I love the look of it!
Since a Big Green Egg is pretty heavy, we wanted to make sure Henryk could move the table with ease. We added four-inch heavy-duty locking swivel castors to each table leg.
The table’s four posts each rise about five inches above the table top, and we added LED lighted endcaps. These were really easy to screw on and allow the BGE to glow beautifully in the evenings while enjoying the backyard.
Then it was accessory time. We looked for a charcoal storage bin we could slide-mount on our table for easy access. At Ikea, we found a bin and lid that could be used with sliding tracks. It was a perfect fit under the table.
We finished out our table with a 20-inch kitchen towel bar and matching hooks, to hang barbeque utensils, as well as a small bucket for our secret barbeque mop sauce.
Speaking of secret sauce, in the next edition of our Corner Cottage Journal, we’ll tell you the results from our first backyard barbecue!
Plus I’ll share tried and true crowd-pleasing Southern barbeque recipes that are just in time for your Fourth of July party. Forget fireworks, your delicious barbeque will be the next show stopper on the block!
$200 18 1x4 Cedar Boards & 4 4x4 Cedar Posts
$13 Large Marble Cutting Board (from TJ Maxx)
$40 Four LED Deck Lights for Table Corners
$20 Coleman Cooler (purchased at a yard sale)
$50 4 4-inch Heavy-duty Locking Casters
$50 Slide-out bin for Charcoal
Total Cost: $388
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