Maple & Tile Tables

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Project by OhhCrap posted 08-16-2010 03:57 AM 1773 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If any of you have looked at what is available nowadays for furniture you probably had the same reaction that I had. Ewww Particle board, or I can build that for a lot less.

I was in need of a coffee and end tables for the new Bach Pad and set forth to create some sawdust.

Basic maple stock, blind tenon joints with lap joints. The tops are stone tile on a 3/4 AC substrate, and using a latex enhanced grout and cement to compensate for movement. The finish is Tung Oil.

Of note on this!
I finished all the wood work before starting on the tile. The thought being that I wanted the inside face of the surround to be sealed. OK once completed I set out to set the tile and grout. I used 3/4” blue painters tape to protect the wood.

Did you know that the dyes/colorings unsed in grout will penetrate through tung oil? I sure didn’t, OhhCrap, Do now.

Update 4/13/2011
It’s been about a year since I built these. One of the concerns I had was the joint betweeen the wood and the grout and how seasonal expansion & contractions would affect this. I am very pleased that though the outer edges of the lap joints did show some movement the joint between the wood and grout remained tight.

I attribute this in part due the relative narrow width of the wood. If you plan on doing something like this AND want wider wood on the edges I would recommend using a colored caulk for the outer edges. Your tile dealer can provide you with this.

-- Quality: There is hardly anything in the world that some men cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price are this man’s lawful prey.

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Dan Hux

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#1 posted 08-16-2010 05:14 AM

tables look great, woodworking is great therapy. I tried golf,,that sucked

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#2 posted 08-16-2010 03:35 PM

Nice tables!! Yes, good therapy.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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