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« on: April 20, 2007 03:27:07 PM »

Hello!
We've just moved into a house  and  one of my big summer project is to make a mosaic table for outdoor use. I mean the top only will be in mosaics.

1-What kind of table should I use? Plastic? Wood? Or are there special table tops with a brim to hold the mosaics?

2-How heavy do you think it would become?

3- And also, do I have to use a different kind of mortar?

4- Is this a bad idea altogether? Undecided

Thanks!!
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2007 06:40:01 AM »

Hi! I just made one for my own patio. It turned out great.

I would suggest using a wood table, definitely not plastic. A used table from a thrift store would be perfect. Square ones are easier (i made a round one) easier to put trim on if your table doesn't already have trim. You can just nail on your own trim so it covers the edges.

I found a big honkin table at work they were throwing away it was already pretty heavy but it didn't add too much weight. Probably 10 pounds or so? not sure but if it's really heavy it blow away when it windy!
When it's time to grout definitely use a sanded grout, it's great if you have larger spaces between tiles. Then you need to seal it after it has cured.
Hope this helps.  I can post pictures of my table if you like, it's made with broken plates, tiles and melted marbles.
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2007 03:47:14 PM »

Then you need to seal it after it has cured.
Hope this helps.  I can post pictures of my table if you like, it's made with broken plates, tiles and melted marbles.

Yes please I'd love to see it! I was thinking about a Gaudi kind of mosaic.
When you say sealing it, is it a kind of varnish?
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2007 03:45:40 PM »

A Gaudi mosaic would be very cool for a table.
I'm not sure exactly what the sealer is but i think it just makes the grout water proof and last longer. I haven't actually bought any yet, it still has a few more to cure. But for now i have a plastic table cloth to throw over it when it rains.

Here's the one I made, the trim is just vynil strips with upholstery tacks (we'll see how long it lasts)

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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2007 02:06:19 AM »

 Shocked  this is fantastic! Does curing take ages then?
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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2007 06:52:49 AM »

 Grin thanks  Grin
the grout package recomended to wait 28 days
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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2007 09:38:48 PM »

that is a fantastic table, you did a great job ImaHoundDog and Miss*Laurence did you ever get your table made and if you did could we see a picture of it
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2007 06:54:42 PM »

that is a fantastic table, you did a great job ImaHoundDog and Miss*Laurence did you ever get your table made and if you did could we see a picture of it

Ditto!

Great thread... thanks, guys!
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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2007 02:08:58 AM »

I haven't had the time this year, but it's still on the list of things to do! I think the hard part is locating a table that a) is strong enough, b) doen't cost too much and c) is ugly so that it doesn't matter if it's covered!
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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2007 11:33:54 AM »

I haven't had the time this year, but it's still on the list of things to do! I think the hard part is locating a table that a) is strong enough, b) doen't cost too much and c) is ugly so that it doesn't matter if it's covered!

Ahh... I know that feeling!

And I'm on the same mission looking for a table.  I'm looking on Craiglist a lot right now.
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