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Old 06-05-2010, 09:54 PM   #1276
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but mostly due to my inexperience.
Looking at that picture, the word 'inexperience' doesn't come to mind. It's looking great.

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Kept going until 9 o'clock this evening. And luckily ran out of thinset (mixed) at about the same time I ran out of energy. This is about half of the area done now.

I heard a rumor that Bud would have poured himself a cup of coffee, then tiled this whole floor, and when he was finished tiling, the coffee would be just the right temperature to drink!

Would I kid you about something like that?
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Old 06-06-2010, 12:39 AM   #1278
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OK, now I feel bad! While you were toiling with your terra cotta I was fishing with my son and son-in-law. You have a lot more to show for your afternoon than I do mine, trust me.

Man that is looking good. A picture from above is going to be most impressive.
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Looking at that picture, the word 'inexperience' doesn't come to mind. It's looking great.
Barb: This is my first attempt at setting this sort of tile, so I really am inexperienced at this.

I am following Bud's advice, and thus far it is working out quite well.

I have just run across some of the octagonal tiles with the letter "O" stamped into the back. If you read Bud's posts, he mentions that these initials are likely that of the family which made the tile.

I am finding that the size difference of the tiles seems to pose the biggest problem. You can line up two or three sides with previous tiles, and one is often out of whack. In other words, opposite sides of the octagons are frequently not parallel.

I am hoping to be able to finish the tiling tomorrow.
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OK, now I feel bad! While you were toiling with your terra cotta I was fishing with my son and son-in-law. You have a lot more to show for your afternoon than I do mine, trust me.

Man that is looking good. A picture from above is going to be most impressive.
I'm guessing that our posts crossed Bud.

Do I take it that the fish won the battle today?
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Do I take it that the fish won the battle today?
Well, ah, um-h-h-h-h, ah, I suppose you could say that!

Actually between the three of us there were probably thirty-five maybe forty fish caught all totaled up. But not a single one big enough to stink up a skillet. Some days are like that. But you know what they say...

"A bad day of fishin' is still better than a good day at work." Or something like that.
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...but just think if you had kept all 35 of them!
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I have just run across some of the octagonal tiles with the letter "O" stamped into the back. If you read Bud's posts, he mentions that these initials are likely that of the family which made the tile.
I'm now curious to know if the tiles with the "M" are exactly the same as the tiles with the "O". Or, is there a size variance or maybe a shade variance, or possibly a difference in the shape of the edge relief on the back side.

If the tiles are different this could attest to my suggestion that the tiles were in fact made by differnet people at different times with different quality controls.

Just curious!
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I'll get that information for you in the morning, Bud. I might look in a few other boxes to see if there are any other initials.

A few of the tiles have a distinctly "burnt" looking colour to them. Most are the light shade. I could probably get a shot of that in daylight.
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Just curious!

I'm going to bed now to dream about catching fish.
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Bud, the "burnt" tile has an "O". The "M" tiles look like the M was maybe carved from a piece of hardwood, or maybe was a crude casting of some kind. The O looks like they used the end of a piece of pipe as it is perfectly round.

All the sizes are similar, within 3/16". But I have yet to find a "perfect" tile. They all have thickness variations, plus the colour differences and the sides are often not parallel.

Purely by accident I have found a solution to removing pencil lines from these tiles. A quick rub with emery paper and it's completely gone. Takes literally 2 or 3 seconds. So you can that to your arsenal of tricks.
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So far the entire morning has been consumed fitting more tiles.

On the left side of the picture, the tiles are able to go underneath the bench. Where the round table is, they can only butt up against it.

This means that I will be using some kind of caulking there, not grout. Plus I will have to put many coats of finish on the wood before I do that.

The tiles against the table need to be very carefully cut otherwise I am sure they would look like hell.
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Now we are all fitted around the table...that seemed to come out all right.

These tiles are not stuck down yet.
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And to the right of the round table, under the step, I don't yet have the wood on the step face...thank goodness!

All I have to do there is run the tiles within 1/4" or so of the framing and it will be covered up later by the facing wood.
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Looks fantastic! You can have a little bit more imperfections and it will still be ok there. You will be the only one to see it. That is unless I visit! dorf dude...

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