Step 7: Stick the Tiles in Place

stick the tiles in place
Photo: Kenneth Chen
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Working from the center out, remove tiles one at a time, spread ceramic adhesive on their backs, and then stick them on the board. Use a thick mastic, such as Henry 314 ($9 at hardware stores), which allows you to build up a bed under thin tiles so their surfaces are all level.

Replace the spacers and let the adhesive set for 30 minutes, then remove them.
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    Tools List

    • wet saw
      Wet tile saw
    • grout sponge
      Tile grout sponge
    • plastic spacers for tile
      Plastic spreader
    • margin trowel
      Small trowel or old batter spatula
    • rubbing stone
      Grindstone
    • latex gloves
      Latex gloves
    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses

    Shopping List

    1. Salvaged tiles: $3 to $65, depending on size, detail, and rarity; Recycling the Past

    2. Vintage metal table base: find these on eBay and at flea markets for about $15

    3. Tile spacers: use 1/8-inch thick Masonite board (sold at your local lumber yard) or purchase 1/8- and 1/4-inch tile spacers (at hardware stores) 4. Weldbond polyvinyl glue, $3.50 at Ace Hardware

    5. Henry 314 Multipurpose Ceramic Tile Adhesive (small container)