My wife and I recently purchased a Big Green Egg grill for our house’s deck. I am in the early stages of building a table for the grill to sit on, and I had some question regarding finishes for the project once it is completed.
Ideally, we would prefer as low-maintenance a finish as possible. This is largely due to the fact that the Big Green Egg itself weighs over 200 pounds and it would make moving the table or turning it upside down to repair any issues with the finish much more labor-intensive than other typical outdoor furniture.
The table will be constructed out of white oak. There is no awning over our deck, but I plan on putting a cover over the table and grill when not in use to try and protect it from direct rainfall as much as possible. We live in central Massachusetts, so there we have humid summers and relatively harsh winters to deal with.
The way I see it, I have two options when it comes to selecting a finish:
(1) Leave the table unfinished. This requires no re-applications, though an occasional sanding may be required. The table will weather to a silvery-gray color over the years.
(2) Use a marine grade spar varnish or similar topcoat. I am leaning towards this option because I prefer the look of the non-weathered oak color. My understanding is that this will require a periodic re-finishing of the table to maintain the look.
My main question is, how often should I expect to need to refinish the table if I choose the spar varnish route? Because the Egg itself is so heavy, I am not looking forward to lifting it out of the table each time I need to reapply the finish.
Also, if anyone else has any other suggestions of finishing options I didn’t mention here, that would be greatly appreciated! Perhaps there is a better option out there that I am not aware of.
Thanks in advance for taking the time to read all of this and answer!
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