weight of tile countertop?
First time posting here - did some searching and couldn't find any specifics on this question (sorry if this has been answered before)
I've had a kitchen island/bar project in my head for about a week now, and I want to make sure the shortcuts I'm planning won't end up costing me more in the end : )
Basically the plan is to use plain old shelving units from your friendly big-box retailer (.5" particle board all around). I'll reinforce the backs of them with .5" plywood, and get additional screws (or L brackets) into the shelving joints where you would usually have just dowels. The arrangement would be 2 of the shelving units back to back, then another one with it's back to the side of those 2, then drill and glue them all together.
My question is this - if I take 2 5'x3' sheets of plywood and lay tile on top, would my reinforced particleboard base withstand the weight of the top? I've thought of just using a regular laminate top (there are nice ones for cheap) but if this would work, then I'd like the opportunity to get some "low risk" experience with tiling.
thanks in advance all!