3. End Tables – Ceramic Inlay

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This project was to morph into a much larger project in the future.





The rough oak board leaning against the end tables is one of the pieces used to make the project.  The bulk of the project is made up from salvaged materials.

The oak is from old abandoned pallets.  The ceramic tile was found in a dumpster.








-I cut the larger boards on the band-saw then milled them to thickness in my thickness planer.

-I used a 5/8″ particle board as a sub-straight and glued the flat-stock I had made to the particle board.  This gave me a cavity I could glue my ceramic tile into.  The grout lines are filled with white acrylic caulking.

-I put a decorative rail under the edges to give the table a heftier look.

-The legs are tapered with a concave cove on the outer corners.

-Before inlaying the tile, I stained all the wood with an oil based stain and topped them of with a sprayed water based polyurethane.








I took these pictures 10 years after I make the tables and they have stood up very well.   Wet drinking glasses have never left a stain.  I swear by the durability  of a polyurethane finish.

Salvaged oak from old pallets
Salvaged ceramic tile from a dumpster
Wood glue
Particleboard 5/8″ sub-straight
Screws to fasten legs to particleboard

Oil based stain
Sprayed water based polyurethane
White acrylic caulk
Latex paint on the edge rail

The best part of creating a nice piece of furniture from scrap is obviously the cost(that’s the Scotsman in me).  But it also becomes an interesting conversation piece when people are told what they are resting their beverage on.

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