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Tile patio tables

I would like to make some patio tables. I have the metal bases and need to make tops for them. I want to make the table tops with ceramic tile and was wondering what would be the best material to use under the tile for the table top base. I do not want to use wood because of expansion issues. I was thinking about light weight concrete but I have read that concretes are not good because concrete has compression strength but not tensile.

Re: Tile patio tables

I would use Granite.

Re: Tile patio tables

Not looking for the material to use as the top (finish) surface the table, I plan on using ceramic, granite, or porcelain for the finished top but what I am looking for is what should the top material be set on, the base material that is covered with the ceramic etc.

Big Kahuna
Re: Tile patio tables

What about cement backer board cut to fit? Made for that type of application, readily available at your local supply house.

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