Cherry dining table with tile top

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Project by RKW posted 12-15-2011 04:09 AM 5726 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My neighbor asked me for advice on building a table and a few days later we were in my shop building one. I tried to talk him into doing the whole thing out of cherry, but he insisted on a tile top. Looking at the finished product, i think the tile has a nice look and i am very pleased with it. Everything else with the exception of the plugs is cherry.

Originally the apron was going to be curved, but we liked the figure in the cherry, and decided to keep it rectangular.

The legs are tapered on all four sides.(First time i got to use the taper jig) The joinery is mortise and tennon, glued and screwed. I made some square plugs out of walnut to cover the screw holes. After drilling the pilots for the screws i chiseled a 1/4” recess for the plugs.

Finish—1 coat tung 6 coats wiping poly 1 coat paste wax

We are working on ideas for a bench and some chairs to go with it.
Thanks for looking

-- RKWoods

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#1 posted 12-15-2011 04:58 AM

More info, please:

1. What did you put under the tile as a substrate?

2. What did you use to “glue” the tile down?

3. What kind of grout did you use between the tiles?

I ask these questions because I have been wanting to do something like this, but I am worried about the tiles coming loose and cracks in the mortar and so on if the wood bends or expands or contracts with changes in humidity.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#2 posted 12-15-2011 05:11 AM

rmac, i used 1/2” baltic birch for substrate and the glue and grout are the same product. Its something from lowes, and i dont recall what it was called. You glue down the tiles let dry over night and then fill in between the tiles with the same stuff. Its something that the store recommended. This is a first for me, so i hope it stands the test of time. I was concerned about expansion and contraction which is why i decided to use the baltic birch ply. I dont anticipate any problems.

I think i still have the bucket out in the shop, i can tell you what its called but since this is the first time ive used it, i cant promise anything.

-- RKWoods

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#3 posted 12-15-2011 05:18 AM

i can tell you what it’s called

I’d be interested to know. Thanks.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#4 posted 12-15-2011 06:18 AM

This turned out great

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#5 posted 12-15-2011 10:06 AM

Nicely done.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 12-15-2011 11:22 AM

Well done! Nice work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 12-15-2011 04:10 PM

You are quickly becoming quite the woodworker Randy. I am impressed with your work.

I could encourage you to do it for a living, but you wouldn’t want the pay cut.

Thanks for sharing


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#8 posted 12-15-2011 04:27 PM

Very nice….....and from what I can see, what an awesome space you have to do your woodworking in!!!!!!!

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#9 posted 12-15-2011 07:32 PM

Russ, The product is made by Tec Invision. The label says Ready to use adhesive and grout (sanded formula) Its a white bucket with a yellow label.

Hope that helps

-- RKWoods

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#10 posted 12-15-2011 07:48 PM

RKW: Perfect. Thanks.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#11 posted 12-15-2011 11:23 PM

That base is wonderful. Tile is nice.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#12 posted 01-29-2012 08:11 PM

I am not a big fan of tile topped tables, but this one is really pleasing and well made. Great job.

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