Wooden cabinet pulls with glass tile inlay

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Forum topic by mrKirt posted 02-20-2011 10:37 PM 2485 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2011 10:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cabinet knobs glass tiles inlay wood and glass tiles question

Need some advice! We had a glass tile backsplash installed and now my wife wants cabinet pulls featuring the same glass tiles. Using ½” popular for my base stock, I created the inlay area using the router. The base has been sanded and spray painted with a primer and finish coat (appliance apoxy spray paint). Then I glued four 1’ glass tiles into the inlay using floor and wall ceramic tile adhesive. Once that was completed I used the same sanded as was used to install the back splash. When the grout dried the exterior wood frame cracked. Was this caused by the grout expanding when it dried? Would a synthetic grout work better? I have made and painted 65 knob frames and need to find a way to make this design work.

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#1 posted 03-10-2011 08:24 AM

Okay, Nobody has answered you, don’t think that’s right, but I’ll try. What i expect is firstly, when you install the tiles the grout is still wet, which causes expansion in the wood for the period until the grout dries. Secondly you use grout to install the tiles just to get the texture the same. What I would rather tend to do is, rather glue the tiles in place. Once completely dry, then only i would grout a small quantity as possible. Just take note, in the kitchen, humidity is high so your wood will expand and contract greatly. Best bet would be not to grout at all or use an pvc glue to mix the grout so it has the flexible characteristics you need. That might work.
Hope this helped, rather late than never.

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