Last night I worked on getting the tiles cut up and prepped for painting the numbers.
I decided to go with 12 tiles as opposed to 10. I wouldn’t have enough room to put the numbers on 10-12 if I made all the tiles the same size as they would bee to small to get two numbers on. I remedied this by making two different sizes. I made nine tiles sized (7/8 inch) for numbers 1-9 and three (1 9/16 inches) for numbers 10-12.
After I finished all the measurements, I used my miter saw to make the cuts.
Then I used my drill press to get the holes. I used a 13/64 inch bit as this allows the tiles to move freely on the 3/16 inch rod. I used a small vice to hold the tiles in place. I put some saran wrap in the vice to keep the tiles clean as it is a bit greasy.
I am a little disappointed on how this part ended up. I didn’t take the time to ensure consistency in hole placement so I ended up with the tiles sitting unevenly on the rod.
Then I used my orbital sander to sand the sides down as I hadn’t done that after cutting the tiles up.
After that, I put some walnut oil on. I am pretty pleased with how the oil made the grain pop out and I think it will look good against the darker base.
Today, I have been working on getting the numbers on the tiles and tonight, I plan on gluing the base together. Then tomorrow, I can finish up by putting walnut oil on the base, leaving enough time to let it soak in and be ready for the party on Monday night.
I didn’t spend any more money so my total spent is still $3.65.
Check back tomorrow for another update.