Mosaic table # 11

 

graph paper template and a square

graph paper template and a square

I have been working on ways to simplify the mosaic table making process and I have come up with a couple of techniques that work. The process of arranging the pieces and cutting them to fit is labor intensive no matter how you do it, but I use to spend a lot of time getting the perfect fit. In order to speed things up a bit I drew out a 4″x4″square on graph paper. Once I had the square I drew triangles, trapezoids and parallelograms

clamping a square

clamping a square

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the table on a black pedestal

inside the square, then I took scrap pieces and arranged them on the square. I don’t actually duplicate the pattern exactly it serves as a guide. Doing this allows me tomaximize even 20 minutes of workshop time and allows me to be creative and productive. When I have a large enough assortment of squares and other assorted shapes I make the frame. I take a base piece of pine, or plywood, and screw in four pieces of mitered wood. My most recent frame came from a shelf I pulled down in the workshop last year.  I also add 4 screws to join the mitered corners together, this makes it much easier to apply the adhesive when I am ready. Then I fill the frame with the pieces, unscrew the frame from the base, apply adhesive, and clamp.  It makes the process much faster and I can get a really tight fit. I use to spend a lot of time filling in spaces after adhesive application, and now I have very little fill time. The top pictured here needs edge trim and a coat of finish. I have it resting on a pedestal base that I painted black, my Mom thinks I should paint the frame black to match the base, and I think she is right, but I like the white paint on this one so I may build a different base or re- purpose an old stool, or I may paint it black. I will post pics when it’s done.