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Unread 04-02-2020, 05:46 PM   #1
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Curved edges of bbq table top cracked

Hello everybody,

I am a weekend warrior and build the attached bbq. The second picture shows what happen to all the blue tiles I used at the edge of the counter top. They all cracked. The table top is made of 3/4” plywood topped by 1/4” backer board.

What could I have done wrong to cause every tile to crack.

The third picture shows what it looks like now that I removed all the cracked tile and thin set. I want to make sure I don’t make the same mistake twice.

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Unread 04-02-2020, 06:10 PM   #2
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The wood is the problem, it swells with moisture. I would have made the whole thing out of masonry.

You can try bonding the top surface of the V-caps with thinset and the front with a couple beads of silicone. I would make sure to leave a space for the silicone to flex. Not sure if that will work of not. Maybe someone else has a better idea.
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Thank you. That makes sense. I’ll need to maintain some level of separation between the wood and tile. I’m open to other ideas in how to finish that edge as well.

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Welcome back, George.

Why not just call it character and do nothing at all? Just part of the charm of the rustic Mexican tiles.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Maybe because he's already removed all the tiles in question?
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Not sure that wasn't a before photo.
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