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07-13-2014 12:05 AM

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I am currently in the early stages of a dining table. It will be a solid wood top and I want to include marble “place mats”. I want the marble pieces to be built in somehow and not just an extra. I have been thinking about recessing them in flush but with expansion and contraction they mightn’t fit too well in different seasons? Then I have been thinking about sitting them on top but how do I fix them in place but still allow the wood to expand and contract without cracking and splitting? Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated thanks.

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#1 posted 07-13-2014 02:24 AM

Hi there..Make your marble openings 1/32” bigger than their original size and use some two way epoxy to fill the gap. You can use tapes and coat the outside with oil around the edges of marbles so once the epoxy sets, the marble pieces can be taken out. That should provide you with 1/64” or less for the wood to expand and contract. Although, I don’t think this should be an issue provided your wood is dry and you have sealed all sides. I would put the finish on the wood first, let it dry, create the extra gap and go from there.


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#2 posted 07-13-2014 03:09 AM

I did that with a coffee table about ten years ago. I did as mrjinx007 suggests. But I used silicone instead of epoxy around the edges. I used 12 square marble tiles set flush with the top.

So far it looks like it did ten years ago.

Good luck with your project.

-- AP--I thought growing old would take longer.

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#3 posted 07-13-2014 10:49 PM

That sounds like a very good solution, thanks for your help

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#4 posted 07-13-2014 10:57 PM

Did the same as Andy for my bar using silicone. Been in the shop for 1.5 years which doesn’t have overly controlled conditions and haven’t had any issue and not expecting any.

-- Dan

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