What to do with a porcelain tile and a 2x4?

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Project by morath posted 10-12-2017 01:22 PM 3631 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wife wanted a small table for her tv/reading snacking and I just got a new tablesaw—- a Ridgid r4512—- so it’s a great time for a quick and dirty/cheap project. Enter a 9×12 porcelain tile and a 2×4. What can we do for under 5 bucks?

1 1/2×1 1/2 legs were ripped and then a taper to 3/4 on two sides were cut using a newly made 10 minute tapering jig. The apron and frame for the top were ripped to 23/32 wide x 1 1/2. The aprons got two small dadoes on the outside just to be different and where simply attached to the legs with pocket screws. The legs got a 1/4 roundover.

A 1/2 wide dado was cut into the top frame pieces slightly less than the thickness of the tile. The top frame is just a wrapping that is mitered together. Using the tile itself to keep everything square helped. The tile has a small lip around the bottom that was later sanded off for a little expansion slop. Make sure you wax the corners of the tile so it doesn’t get glued in accidentally.

A Roman ogee was ran around the top frame and it was attached to the aprons with a several spots of silicone. Yeah that’s cheating, but silicone II has been keeping a lot of counter tops attached for many years. The tile is loose for easy cleaning in case of spills. Hopefully the tile will negate any concerns about water spots or damage.

The astute amongst you will notice that the 2×4 doesn’t match the wood actually in the table. While measuring and laying out the cuts I discovered that I had just the right amount of smaller 2×4 scrap laying around that would produce almost no waste. It’s the wife’s job to paint or finish it. She’ll probably just go with more pure white enamel.

Thanks for looking,


-- My mom says I'm handsome.

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 10-12-2017 01:29 PM

Most impressive … kudos! This is exactly what I’m trying to convey in my thread … Plans or No Plans.

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#2 posted 10-12-2017 06:49 PM

Simple enough, nice enough. Some of the best projects are a result of standing in front of a pile of scrap wood with coffee in hand and a little free time on your side. Looks great John.

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#3 posted 10-13-2017 01:00 AM

Great looking project!!!

Simple enough, nice enough. Some of the best projects are a result of standing in front of a pile of scrap wood with coffee in hand and a little free time on your side. Looks great John.

- finns

I do some of my best designs using this method.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 10-13-2017 01:48 AM

Good job putting that new table saw to work :)

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#5 posted 10-13-2017 02:58 AM

Thanks for the kind words. I think I talked her into putting a clear finish on it instead of painting it.

-- My mom says I'm handsome.

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#6 posted 10-14-2017 05:19 AM

Gotta love tile tops! I made a coffee table & 2 end tables for our livng room a few years ago & it looks just as nice today as it did then, despite people, spills & kids. Nice job!

-- EdwardNorton

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