What kind of wood should I use to display tiles?

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Forum topic by ammccorm posted 09-03-2016 07:53 AM 790 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-03-2016 07:53 AM

Hey guys!

My father recently moved to Portugal and my brother and I is a family trip to visit his new home. While in Lisbon, We were blown away by the antique tiles still in use on the walls of many buildings.

Before we left, I found an antique store that specializes in tiles near my father’s home. I brought back home 6 tiles that are from 1770 and got some good instructions from the store’s proprietor on how to mount them on a wood backing. I’ve really only got one shot at this, though, and I want to make sure that I use the right type of wood that will not warp. I don’t necessarily need an aesthetically pleasing wood, as you won’t be able to see at all, but I really just would like your opinion on the best kind of backing for a project like that. I’m mainly worried about warping.

The owner said to fix the tiles on the back using Liquid Nails, fill in the gaps with normal grout, and then use plaster on the edges and sand it to a smooth finish. He had a lot of boards in his own shop this way that looked really nice.

Thank you all for any advice you may be able to give me.


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#1 posted 09-03-2016 11:31 AM

Use 3/4 ply that you would use to sheath the floor when doing home renovation or use cement backer board that you would use in the shower to tile over.

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#2 posted 09-03-2016 11:32 AM

If “won’t be able to see at all”, I would use either mdf or plywood

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#3 posted 09-04-2016 01:16 AM

A guy offered to cut me a piece of wood that exact size of “yellow pine”. What do you guys think? Will this work?

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#4 posted 09-04-2016 01:20 AM

No! Go with plywood and use a picture frame molding to display it properly!

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#5 posted 09-04-2016 01:47 AM

As a tile installer for over 20 years, A, you never tile a floor over plywood, but that is a floor. You are doing a wall board, I would use Plywood, not DensShield or DuroRock, the are only stable/flat when supported from the underside, exp wall studs, sub flooring, but poly it first for sealing. I would not use Liquid nails, it may work, I would get a tile Mastic, 1/4 or 3/8” V notch trowel and do it right, then grout it. How big are the tiles?

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