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Build a Slate Table

Updated:2013-11-19 15:20:49
Adding slate to the top of a table is a common way of creating custom furniture that will stand up to the test of time. Slate is far superior to wood or other products in terms of durability, and its natural beauty easily blends with a number of design patterns, making for easy insertion in both exterior and interior locations. Building a slate table allows you to turn a normal table into something rich with natural beauty and strong enough to last a lifetime.

Instructions as follows:

                                                         

Firstly, measure the dimensions of the table top and check those measurements against the size of the slate you have purchased. Mark the center of the table and check to see if you can install full tiles across the width and length of the table, or if you will need to make cuts. Adjust the layout according to personal preference.
Secondly, mark the center of the table clearly, and use the pencil to draw reference lines to use during the installation of the slate. Spread a layer of thinset mortar on the table top with the notched trowel and install your slate pieces by pressing them firmly into the bed of mortar and moving them around slightly until they are completely stuck to the mortar. Repeat the process for the entire table top, using the lines as a reference point. Butt the joints of each slate tile against each other, as table tops do not require grout joints.
Thirdly, make any necessary cuts with the tile wet saw. Mark the slate with a grease pencil and wear safety glasses when operating the tile saw. Dry the back of each piece of tile off completely with an old towel before placing the tiles into the mortar, as water will impede the bond. Allow a minimum of 24 hours for the slate to dry before finishing the table.
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