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  • Henrik
    Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
    • Jul 2014
    • 4246
    • Stockholm, Sweden

    Fabricated a side table for my smoker

    Ever since I built my offset smoker I've been missing some kind of side table. I can't figure out why I didn't include that in the original design. Today I finally got around to making one. I helped empty my wife's mother's garage as she is moving to an apartment. They refurbished their kitchen 15 years ago, and one of the leftover pieces was a thick oak board. I saw that and immediately thought: hey, there's my sideboard! And I think it is extra fitting since it is made of oak, which is the main fuel for my smoker. I also liked the color, it matches my smoker very well (ignore the colors in the photo, the weather and lighting conditions were terrible).

    So, I brought out the welder, steel grinder and some angle bar and went to work. This one was easy, as all I had to do was to make some 90° angles. Once done and fitted I took them off and sprayed with a primer to avoid rust. I have also sanded the board and oiled it, will oil it a few times.

    The nice thing is that it is fully detachable, so I can keep it inside while not in use.

    Fabricating the steel took like 20 minutes, real nice with mini projects like these.

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    Here's the angle bars (before paint 'n polish), welded together to fit the edge of the trailer by simply sliding them down.

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  • Danjohnston949
    Former Member
    • Dec 2014
    • 4419
    • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

    #2
    Henrik, SPLENDID JOB MY FRIEND‼️‼️‼️
    From A Backyard Cremator In Fargo ND, Dan

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    • jecucolo
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      Go Dan!
  • jecucolo
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    #3
    Nice piece of wood. Your smoker is still looking nice. I remember the build thread like it was yesterday! You might be a pit member if you reminisce about cookers the way parents reminisce about children!

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    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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      I'm with you, that smoker sure is my baby :-)
  • LA Pork Butt
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    • Dec 2014
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    • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

    #4
    Nice!

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    • HawkerXP
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      #5
      Looks great!

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      • Troutman
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        #6
        Nice job buddy, love that piece of oak, should last forever. How you gonna finish it??

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        • Henrik
          Henrik commented
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          I'm oiling it now, will oil it a few times to make sure it lasts. I will repeat that 1-2 times a year.
      • holehogg
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        • Nov 2017
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        • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

        #7
        You are handy and thats handy.

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        • CaptainMike
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          #8
          Nice work! It sure is fun to create and/or refurbish things.

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          • Henrik
            Henrik commented
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            Yup!
        • HawkerXP
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          #9
          When I was a kid growing up in NJ the bowling alley in town was remodeling, they pulled out some of the lanes cut up into 6 foot lengths. My friend and I built a weightlifting platform out of some. What I could do if ever I found some of that today!


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          • Henrik
            Henrik commented
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            Cool! A company I worked with in NY bought lanes just like that and we made conference tables with gas pipes for legs. Would love to do that again!

          • tbob4
            tbob4 commented
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            Great idea. If you clean over 300 does it register?

          • Mudkat
            Mudkat commented
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            Man ain't that the truth HawkerXP!
            Last edited by Mudkat; November 11, 2018, 07:53 AM.
        • fzxdoc
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          #10
          That looks great, Henrik . You'll be putting it to good use in no time, hopefully.

          Kathryn

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          • Henrik
            Henrik commented
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            Thanks, I sure will!
        • Deaf Arty
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          #11
          Nice work, Henrik . You're right, a side table is essential IMO. Just be sure to remember the oak in the table is not for the fire when you run low of wood...

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          • Henrik
            Henrik commented
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            Ha ha ha, correct! :-)
        • EdF
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          #12
          You might consider putting some boat-quality varnish on after you oil it. I've used this stuff before and it lasts well, and resists the ultraviolet degradation. I put it over polymerized tung oil (and sealer) from Lee Valley.

          https://www.jamestowndistributors.co...ct.do?pid=4245
          http://www.leevalley.com/US/Wood/pag...at=1,190,42942

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          • Henrik
            Henrik commented
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            Thanks for the suggestions Ed! I’m gonna stick with oil, I’ll treat it like a cutting board. It won’t be exposed to the elements as I will store it inside while not used. If it doesn’t work out, then I’ll def. try the varnish.

          • EdF
            EdF commented
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            It's all good!
        • RonB
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          #13
          Great job! I love small, quick projects like that.

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          • FireMan
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            #14
            A mighty fine shelf for Rude Boy!

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            • Ratton454
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              • Jul 2018
              • 65

              #15
              What are you using for oil?

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              • Henrik
                Henrik commented
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                This time I used cold pressed olive oil, but linseed oil is just as good.

              • Ratton454
                Ratton454 commented
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                I was under the impression that you should use mineral oil as cooking oils will turn rancid. I only use mineral oil on my wooden cutting boards.

              • Henrik
                Henrik commented
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                I've used cold pressed olive oil for years for a kitchen table and a counter top. But I'm not a chemist, would be great if someone could chip in and guide me/us! I may have to change my M.O.

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