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Unread 10-10-2013, 01:46 PM   #1
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Arrow Handle For The Big Green Egg

I have not posted much in awhile, been busy with some projects around the house. For one I am in the middle of resurfacing my kitchen cabinets. Hope to have that done in 2 weeks.

So in my down time waiting for stain to dry I made a new handle for my Egg.

The tree is an Acacia, come to find out it is an Exotic type of tree. I had to do a little pruning, 1st thing I made was a hiking stick, it came out so good I knew it would look good as a handle. The wood is very hard similar to Mesquite, not sure how it would do a wood for Smoking meat.

First the tree, it actually leaned over last year during a big wind storm, we thought it was gone but it seems to be happy.



Started with a limb as straight as I could find.



I had a buddy cut it in half with a Band Saw and then secured it with some metal straps. I used the old handle as a template for drilling the holes and cut to length.





The bark is so hard a 40 Grit orbital sander just bounced around on it. Took the Makita grinder and smoothed it down.



Preparing to finish sanding and ready for stain and exterior Spar coating, I used 5 coats. I have some concerns about how it will hold up in the Arizona summers, I try to keep the Egg under the patio most times.



So it came out pretty good for a 1st time try. Fits my hand better and has a nice beefy look.



After it was done I thought Dowel pins may have worked better. The screws are Stainless Steel so they will last a lifetime.



Thanks for checking it out. Let me know what you all think.
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Unread 10-10-2013, 01:54 PM   #2
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nicely done!
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Love the look of that wood.
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That is a beefy handle. Looks really good.

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Looks beautiful. Should be even better as it ages a bit over time.
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That looks killer! Great job!
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absolutely beautiful! I have a lg. BGE and your handle is huge compared to mine! I have handle envy.
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Looks great brother!
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WOW! I envy you not having to ever mow the lawn.
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Awesome!
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Thanks All! I have to ask, where all the old timers, have ye all abandoned me...?
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Very pretty but...... I would have put the screws in from the backside so you can't see them. However, I have made several BGE handles in my lifetime.
I really like the wood! Nicely done!
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Very cool! The rest of those trimmings will work just fine in your smoker...I've burned a lot of acacia and it works very well.
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Like the look of natural wood from the wood pile.
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