Tile Top End Table

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Project by SuburbanDon posted 07-09-2012 09:14 PM 5240 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My first tile top table. Came out OK. I learned some things.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#1 posted 07-09-2012 10:50 PM

nice table! id like to see your design how you set the tiles in. looks real good!

-- making something from nothing, and making it your own... thats life.

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#2 posted 07-09-2012 11:02 PM

Basically there is a 1/2” sheet of plywood below the tiles. Then cleats hold that up.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 07-09-2012 11:46 PM

Hey, that is a great looking table. I had to urge to build an outdoor one but never got to it. yours is sweet!
Did you mortice and tenon the aprons to the legs?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 07-09-2012 11:48 PM

Nice table what is the overall dimensions of the table

-- --May you have fair winds and following seas--

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#5 posted 07-10-2012 09:31 AM

Very good work Don, looks very good and the color combo came out nice too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 07-10-2012 12:35 PM

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 07-10-2012 06:54 PM

Thanks for the comments. I did mortise and tenon the aprons to the legs. The table top is about 15.5” x 21.5”. Each tile is 6×6” and the frame is 1-3/4” wide all around. The height is between 18 and 19 ”. It’s a Minwax Cherry stain on red oak. Just a little color. Poly finish. The grout has some color in it. “Pearl” colored. All from Lowes.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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robert triplett

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#8 posted 07-11-2012 03:38 PM

Nice work. I have done some similar tables. They are fun and look great. You did a good job matching wood and tile color.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#9 posted 12-12-2012 01:03 AM

I like the simplicity and the execution of the design. It allowed the tile top to stand out without overpowering the piece.

Out of curiosity, is the grouting between the wood & the tile flexible ? The one time I built a piece with a tile top I used regular grouting and the wood eventually cracked. It seemed to me that the seasonal expansion of the wood frame around the tile moved at a different rate than the wood.

Any advice here ? – thanks

-- Barry

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#10 posted 12-12-2012 01:55 AM

Thanks. The grout is just plain old tile grout. Not flexible to any degree. Below the tile is a 3/4” thick piece of plywood. Honestly I have a feeling the grout will crack eventually. The table is at my sisters house so I can’t check on it often. I would not attempt this again in the way that I did it.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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