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I'm getting serious about my table now, my classic vision already has a stand, but I have wood laying around, and want to make a table. I have enough 6x6 PT and some heavy PT lake bulkhead boards I can cut to fit. Yes they are rough finish but it will be a "rough finish" sort of table. In the gulf coast we can't really use anything that can't take heavy moisture and rain, mold. Even PT wood fences rot out in less than 10 years here. I also have some heavy castors and since I own a Kreg jig I"ll use that to help with the framing. I am figuring on cutting into the 6x6 posts to recess the apron boards and shelf boards about 1" or maybe even flush them.

 

Have some plans sketched out for a simple table made heavy and big (its Texas after all). But typically I don't make blueprint type plans just have it in my head pretty much, its a simple table.

 

I am thinking since the space between the top of table and the bottom of kamado is only about 12-13" that I'd do like a few have done and have a support stand on top of the bottom shelf, so the shelf can be made lower to be more functional - to hold more stuff and be lower to ground for making it more sturdy (closer to the bottom of the legs). Would make the stand on top of the shelf out of 2x6 which are 5.5" tall (on sides). I figured when I go to clean out the ashes, having a stand and a old cooking pan or aluminum tray under space made by the 2x6 would allow me to clean ashes and not get them all over, they can fall into the pan I can pull out for the purpose. Heck...just thinking...I could cover the hole in front for the pan with a trim board, heck maybe make a drawer... :)

 

I read about the heat issues on what was just a short time ago the standard praactice of putting a paver on the wood to protect from heat. I have some extra floor tiles 12x12 and a cutter so I figured maybe I'd cut some air strips out of tile and space the 12x12 tile up a 1/4" 

 

For a top, I was thinking of concrete, but it would be so much simpler to make a wood top. But I use a chimney now and when I dump it sometimes a stray ember gets out or sticks to the chimney and I've had some start burning my trex decking (!) so I moved the operation to my concrete & tile area where I have a outdoor kitchen counter and my DCS gasser. But would be nice to have a more fire-proof top...hmm...maybe just excuse to buy a torch?

 

My height I figured would be the same as a kitchen countertop more or less about 35" which is higher than my current Vision stand. I'm figuring 30" depth on the framing front to back and 6' wide, giving a lot of space for food trays and crap, my beer, etc. I have a large deck space so I'm not concerned about size.

 

* Any comments on my plans, or thing I should consider before I get too far along? 

 

I'm wondering if the wheels - even as beefy as they are (they are heavy units bought to hold a big table saw but never got that project) are going to look funny mounted to the huge 6x6...sort of elephant on roller skates sort of thing? Or should I just not make it on wheels at all, I can usually get help moving it if needed. How important have people found the wheels? 

 

Had also thought of using band saw to resaw the 6x6 into half lengthwise and then it wouldn't look so massive and be lighter weight as well. 

 

Hmm...

 

 

 

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