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Old 09-21-2012, 11:37 AM   #6841
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Yesterday the lower edge of the counter got the 3/4" plywood added, and now the top is 3" thick. That's where the tile will be going.

I discovered - quite by accident - that thinset sticks very well to the sealer I use, and so I put two coats of sealer all round the edge. Hopefully there will be no more surprises.
How in the world did you cut the radius on the tiles on the top Keith, did you grind them after installing. How ever you did it you did a great job, that is going to be sharp.

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Keith just for the sake of conversation...

The edges you are applying sealer to already contain enough crevices and gaps and irregularities that any thinset forced into those irregularities will surely hold and lock and stay in place. The sealer however is an excellent idea so as to keep moisture from the thinset out of the wood components to mitigate any moisture expansion and later contraction (of the wood components) that could disrupt the thinset and therefore disrupt the tile positioning.

Good idea!
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Keith, decided, at my age, better to subcontract, than to do..so got a 'friend' who owed me a favor, to come in with his Bobcat, ..'tear' the top off of all growing matter in back yard,..'level' same, put down 'tons' of NICE topsoil, level again, and now, I have seeded and 'rolled' same, and 'watered' it infinitely, and will await what ..comes..and...and..wife is soooo happy with my efforts, that I can ..'play'..on the VW..and the Chev Coupe.."Hot Rod"..if I could live to be 100, I might get 'everything"...done...eh? Any "rain' there yet? Think I saw one drop today..and that is 'news' ...here!
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Keith just for the sake of conversation...

The edges you are applying sealer to already contain enough crevices and gaps and irregularities that any thinset forced into those irregularities will surely hold and lock and stay in place. The sealer however is an excellent idea so as to keep moisture from the thinset out of the wood components to mitigate any moisture expansion and later contraction (of the wood components) that could disrupt the thinset and therefore disrupt the tile positioning.

Good idea!
Bud, there were some very wide gaps between the last two layers of wood on that countertop, and I deemed it necessary to fill them with more wood to get some sort of structural integrity.

When the inner spaces got down to about 1/2" or less I let them be, thinking that would make a decent key for the thinset. I have now added another layer of plywood underneath the top, covered it with 6 mil poly, and the edge tiles can rest on there while they are setting. I think I can expect a clean break when I remove the support plywood due to the poly covering.
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Aside from the above, I managed to squander about 4 hours today cutting a bevel on both ends of every piece of tile for the edges. Tomorrow I should be able to set some of it and then we can see how it looks.
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How in the world did you cut the radius on the tiles on the top Keith, did you grind them after installing. How ever you did it you did a great job, that is going to be sharp.
It was awhile ago that I did it Jim, but if I remember it correctly, after I had got the tapered cuts made, I just drew a pencil line on the underside of the tile while it sat on the counter.

Then it was a combination of big tile saw and grinder to bring it to shape.
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Well, here goes nothing...first tiles stuck on to the edge of the counter.
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I waited until I figured the first tiles would be well stuck, then sponged off the excess thinset. It looked sort of OK so I carried on with another small batch and that lot made it around the first corner.
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In between batches I went on the hunt for some marine paint - didn't care what the colour was - to paint the dinghy that I have just repaired several holes in.

Surprise, surprise, it's pretty close to our sailboat. Thus is just the first coat, and I will admit that it is pretty sloppy.
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More cutting today as I needed to beef up my arsenal of narrow tiles to traverse all the corners.

What a treat to be able to have a pair of wetsaws set up, one for square cutting and the other for making the end cuts at 45.
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Here's my stash of pieces to navigate the corners.
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The sun was out again for most of the day...kinda milky, but better than nothing. So I did another coat of paint on the dinghy. That's it for the outside paint.
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Most of us don't like having to measure for the upper casing around doors, so here's an easy way to do it without your tape measure.

When you have the two side pieces on, turn the top piece upside down and sit it on top of the side pieces.

Simply put a pencil mark at each side where it sits on top and make your 45 cuts.

Now, doing it this way will usually make the top piece about 1/16" too long, which is fine, you don't want it too short.

So, when you have checked your first cut, see if it is perfect or if it needs a trifle cut off. Fix that on your miter saw and you're done.
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Both the utility room and the bathroom got trimmed out today.
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And what Sunday evening would be complete without a sunset. Looks like we had some very hazy air over Vancouver Island to turn the sun this red.
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