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Tiled side table

lifestylebymari
Junior Contributor
lifestylebymari
lifestylebymari
Junior Contributor

An impressive side table design built using MDF panels and white tiles.

 

 

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The project

 

I created this tiled side table with a cool shape. I've been eyeing similar tables for a long time but due to the price I could never justify buying one. Once I saw Geneva Vanderzeil's inspirational tiled desk I knew I could make something similar, so the project began.

 

Using a circular saw, I cut the MDF panels into individual pieces and screwed all the pieces together.

 

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I applied the tiles with Dunlop 2kg Wall And Floor Tile Adhesive and then used Davco 1.5kg #67 Cashmere Sanitized® Colourgrout to finish it off.

 

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Applying tiles all over the MDF panels means that the side table can stand in different positions. I was able to save $575 by creating this myself instead of buying a new one for around $725.

 

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Materials

 

 

 

 

 

 

More inspiration for your home

 

Mari also created this European-style mosaic tile table by upcycling a weathered piece of furniture.

 

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Comments
AmyLouise
New Contributor

Hello, 

 

I would love to know the exact dimensions of the individual pieces for this side table. It appears to have 10 pieces I need to cut?

 

Thanks very much in advance.

MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hi @AmyLouise,

 

Let me mention @lifestylebymari to alert her to your question and to see if she still has those measurements at hand. If she did, I'm sure she'll be delighted to share them with you. Failing that, I'll see if I can reverse engineer them from her images.

 

Mitchell

 

cesimpson19
Newbie

@MitchellMc Did anyone work out a template for the MDF pieces? I'd like to try and make this as well!

 

thanks

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

 

Hello @cesimpson19

 

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. Thank you for joining the discussion.

 

Looking at the side table photos, you'll notice that the tiles turn exactly at the end of the tile folds. The entire assembly is based on the 306 x 306 Decor8 tiles. So by counting the tiles you'll actually get the dimensions of the MDF frame. I'm currently double-checking all the measurements and will post the drawings tomorrow. 

 

Eric

 

Noyade
Valued Contributor

"So by counting the tiles you'll actually get the dimensions of the MDF frame."

 

Hi Eric!

 

OMG - I went through 4 cups of coffee trying to solve this - but I think with hindsight the clever approach by Mari - seen in the third photograph down in her opening post, is to LAY the tiles down on the MDF to get the measurements and then rip with the saw. Trying to estimate the dimensions on this side of the screen based on 306 mm per 6 tiles isn't going to be exact - or is it?

 

How did you go?

Should be 10 pieces?

 

OMG!OMG!

 

Missed something?Missed something?

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hello @cesimpson19

 

It's great that you've received excellent advice from @Noyade. The suggestion of placing the tile sheet over the MDF panel is quite good. By doing it this way, you can be sure where the tiles will land. You will also be able to account for minute differences, such as the 3mm tile gap. Please be aware that the measurements I've placed are for reference only, double-checking with the tile sheet is always best practice. 

 

If you need further assistance, please let us know.

 

Eric

 

 

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

HI @Noyade

 

I have to admit, it was quite challenging reverse-engineering the side table. I didn't take as many cups of coffee, but I did have my fair share. The technique I used is based on the size of the tile, which is 48 x 48. I must admit using 3D software helped quite a bit, but I'm very impressed that you managed to do it with pen and paper. It would have taken me longer if I had to do it manually.

 

Eric 

 

Noyade
Valued Contributor

Hi Eric

I was once a draughtsman for the Australian Navy a lifetime ago, but I've lost all those skills now. What you and Mitchell and many others on this forum achieve with 'computers' is simply staggering to me - keep up the good work. For me - the above is now just an exercise to help prevent the onset of Alzheimers.

 

Cheers! 👍

AmyLouise
New Contributor

Thanks @Noyade @EricL for your contributions. I agree it was challenging and I too counted 10 pieces, with the two side boards being the most challenging to reverse engineer. My partner offered to run through CAD but I really wanted to work through the process myself to apply to future projects and now I have your measurements to cross check with. Check out https://www.fleurstudios.com.au/collections/in-stock/products/multi-bench-seat-1500-gloss-white-with... this bench seat by Fluer Studios. They have an almost identical side table as well called the cookie. I would love to work through building the bench table for my TV stand, any suggestions on this? This style originally inspired my desire to make my own, hence stumbling across @lifestylebymari replica. Off to the factory to have the MDF cut now :smile:

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hi @AmyLouise

 

I suggest having a look at this discussion - How to build a tile table by @Ridaren. My colleague @MitchellMc has made a detailed list of materials on how to construct a tiled table. The only difference is that you will have to shorten the legs so that it will look like a TV stand.  

 

If you need further assistance, please let us know.

 

Eric

 

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