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Double Big Green Egg Table

When I got my Big Green Egg I got the large table to go with it. It seemed okay, not great. I knew I wanted to have a good work surface for my Egg and I didn’t think the simple fold out “wing” tables would work at all. I know a lot of Eggheads make their own tables. There are some wonderful plans online that help out. But I don’t have even the basic woodworking skills, or patience, to do that. So I just went with the table from the store.

It was okay but pretty quickly I was disappointed with it. The build quality wasn’t great. It was stapled together instead of using screws. But it worked so that is what I used for the first year.

I’m glad I did because it allowed me to really figure out what I wanted in a custom table for my Egg. After a lot of searching I found a carpenter to work with and after a design session with some sketches I now have my dream Egg table.



It’s a double Egg table to house both the Large Big Green Egg as well as the small. I also have a second prep table. There were a number of specific things that I wanted in the setup.

Space

If your just grilling some burgers you really don’t need much prep space around your grill. But when you’re doing full day smokes and preparing entire meals on the grill I found that I wanted ample space. I wanted my table deeper than the stock table by about 4 inches.

I thought for a long time about how I wanted to accommodate two Eggs. I considered having them in two separate tables, which would be convenient for times when I wanted to just use one or maybe even take it somewhere with me. After consulting my friend and kitchen expert Mike he suggested that I consider a hot/cold setup, like a professional kitchen. I decided I liked that and put both Eggs in one large table and then have a completely separate prep table. More on the prep table later.

Hot Rack

One of the issues I have found when using my Egg is dealing with hot tools or grill parts, as well as dirty grids and such. I asked the carpenter if he could design something that slid out on the bottom of the table that could deal with this. He hit it out of the park!

This shelf is just great. It’s all metal, so I can put a hot plate setter on it and not worry. Since it slides underneath I can then store those things out-of-the-way and not worry about kids bumping into a 500 degree ceramic piece.

You may notice in the picture above one other minor thing that I did around the bottom vents of the Eggs. I found that you inevitably spill ash when cleaning it out, and that ash if left on the wood caused staining. I mentioned this to the guy that build the table and he just got a couple of squares of metal and mounted them under the vents. Now the ash just falls on the metal and can be cleaned up easily.

Granite Inserts

I copied (stole) the idea of the granite inserts from a friend who bought an Egg and built his own table. I thought it was a brilliant idea and had to do it as well. In the center of both the hot and cold (prep) tables I have a removable slab of granite.

I found that my Egg table got pretty dirty over time. You have various sauces and rubs out there and it makes a mess. The granite gives me a place to not worry about grease, sauces or even hot items that might burn the wood.

I can pop the granite out and pressure wash it easily enough. I have also found these to be great places to put a single portable burner when I want to simmer some sauce or cook something that way outside as well. I have a nice induction burner for this purpose. It works great!

Prep Table

The prep table was an indulgence. It serves a lot of purposes. First, I get a bunch of shelves to put my tools in. I now even have room to house a spice bin outside so there is less running around. I have another bin just with fire starting stuff. The room is nice.

I also like that the table is very mobile. If you need to shuck some corn, or prep food for the grill and have someone helping they can take the table wherever it is convenient for them. I also made the table “double-sided” so two people can work on either side easily. I also slapped some hooks on it so I can keep tools there, as well as hang a trash bag on the side if you have a lot of prep work to do.

Finish

The entire table is covered in outdoor varnish. It should last a very long time with basic upkeep. I’ve grilled with this setup now for about six months and have yet to find anything I would change.

Feel free to riff off of any of these ideas. If you live in Minnesota and would like to reach out to the carpenter that built this amazing table just contact me and I can send his info along. He doesn’t have a website to link to.

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42 Comments

  1. The slide-out metal drawer as a place to put a hot plate setter is a really good idea. I’ve been struggling with how to handle that.

    • Thanks! It is one of my favorite features of the table (amongst several). It is also nice for putting an extra grid on, or anything else that is always a bit greasy.

    • If you don’t go all the way with a custom table, an alternative would be to just get some of the kitchen metal shelving. They sell rods that are super short (eight inches?) and you could make a very small mini-shelf. Placing a hot plate setter is a tricky proposition.

    • How long is the table?

  2. What a great job!!! Congratulations.

    Can you tell me the diameter of the whole for the large egg. I am making a granite top and I dont have the egg yet. I would like the egg to sit as low down as possible without the lid catching the top at the back when opened ?

  3. Where did you get the metal shelving? I have been looking all over the internet but I can not find one similar to yours.

    • The guy that I worked with to make it found the shelving in some scrap stuff that he had around. I would recommend getting a metal kitchen shelf from a kitchen store or a store that has shelving and then putting it into some sort of custom rails.

  4. That table is awesome and is just what I’m looking to build. The only thing I can’t figure out is how the 2x4s that are supporting the shelves are connected to the 4x4s. Is there any way I could get a pic or two of what it looks like underneath? Thanks!

  5. Beautiful table. Great job! What kind of wood did you use?

    • I second this question! What type of lumber was used? It almost looks like standard doug fir lumber – which would be awesome since it’s a lot less expensive than other options.

  6. The double egg table looks awesome, I have a large and a medium egg and would like to put that table together for my backyard. I have a couple of questions: -would like to know the dimensions of table such as length, width
    – type of lumber used
    – how it was framed
    – I plans are available
    Thanks again, any information would be greatly appreciated!
    Musky Jim.

  7. I live in Minneapolis and am interested in an Egg table similar to yours. Can you tell me who built your table for you?

    Thanks!
    Chad

    • Hey Chad,

      Yeah. Tim Geisler from Pine City, MN built it for me. I gave him a sketch and the ideas I had around granite insets and the metal rack on the bottom. He did the magic. I’ll email you his phone and email address.

      • Would love to have a table like you have. Can you diviulge a ballpark amount in terms of investment? Do you know the type of wood used? Dimensions in terms of length? and height from ground?
        Can you post the plans online? PLEASE!!

        Link

      • Jamie,

        Can you sed me the contact info of the individual that made the metal rack.

  8. Jamie –
    If you would email me Tim’s info I’d appreciate it. It’s a beautiful table, and I have been thinking about building/buying one or a while.
    Thanks,
    Tom

  9. Beautiful table. I have two large BGE’s that need a table. Any chance of getting the plans?

    Thanks,
    Steve

  10. Congratulations on a GREAT table. I am in Minneapolis and I would love to treat myself to something like this. Can you pass Tim’s info along? Thanks!

  11. Same here. Plans for a local build would be great. I am really interested in a setup similar to that which you have. In Texas, we have short, mild winters, so I only need to withstand heat and UV rays more that anything…

    Awesome setup!!

    • Love your table, just purchased a large & small egg, any chance of getting the plans? I live in Texas so need to build for hot summers not cold winters. Thanks in advance for your time.

  12. Hi, I’m about to purchase two BGE’s and would like your table. I live in the twin cities and would like to have it made (or make it myself with the plans). If you could email me, I’ll send my phone number to you.

    Thanks

    Tom

  13. Tara Anderson

    July 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Can you please send me his contact info – I have a project that I think he would be perfect for!

    Tim Geisler from Pine City, MN

  14. great table. do you have the plans…or the contact number or e mail for the man who built it? ty

    • Great looking table. I know others have asked for the plans. Are they available for a table to be built in Rhode Island?

      Thanks

  15. Building a table for a large green egg. What is the height from the top of the paving stone that the BGE sits on to the top of the table.

  16. Hi. Love your table. Looks incredible. Could you please forward me Tim’s contact info.

    Thank you.

    Greg

  17. Wow, you have a very nice set up. I am going to be purchasing a large Egg and maybe down the road picking up the small and your setup is ideal. I see you have had requests for the plans on your table and wonder if your woodworking champion (Tim) that put this togther is still providing the plans? I was thinking of spending the $ for the x-long table offered for the large egg but after reading what you stated regarding the quality I now have reservations. Not sure though that I can find someone as talented as Tim to put one together for me out in Arizona.

    • We really didn’t have any formal plans. We got together and I described the things I was looking for. My specifics were really just around having both eggs, the removable granite inset and a metal rack that hot or dirty items could be stored on. He took it from there.

      • Melissa Philibert

        April 17, 2013 at 9:41 am

        I’m yet another local, looking to see if Tim would be available to make a table for my husband’s surprise birthday present. Can you email me his contact info? Thanks for your post, and possible referral – AWESOME vision!

  18. Would you be able to email me Tim’s contact info? I live in MN (Shorewood) and would like to ask him about making a similar table. Yours is beautiful and so functional!
    THanks,
    Shelly

  19. Can you send me the contact info for the guy that built the table. I live in MN too.

  20. Love the egg stand. I am in Georgia and looking to get a custom build for our Large and Small for my husband for fathers day. How much did the custom build run you? Do you think Tim would share the plans with a contractor in Georgia?

    • I really expect the price would vary a lot by the person doing the work. The majority of the cost is going to be labor and people will vary a lot on that. There also were no ‘formal’ plans drawn up. Tim and I discussed it and I put some sketches together on ideas I had, and then he ran with it. If there are some measurements that I could take I could help with that.

  21. Another great quality table source for standard and custom tables is http://www.jsdesignsshop.com They use cypress lumber, thicker than what you can buy at a lumber yard. Good casters , easy to assemble, great workmanship.. Could not buy the materials for what we paid.

  22. Deminsions would be great. Not to ask for a lot, but as much details as you could give would be amazing for everyone and it would help future builders also. Thanks for the great pics.

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