What Substrate For A Tile Wall Hanging


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Old 10-08-15, 08:52 AM
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What Substrate For A Tile Wall Hanging

Hi all,
Seeing all the tiling job we are doing in our bath remodel has my wife excited.

She wants to make a tile art work from small (or broken) tiles.
It will be about 2ft x 1ft and will be hung on a wall like a picture frame.

What substrate can I use for laying the tiles?
I was thinking of plywood, but warping is a concern. MDF?

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Old 10-08-15, 08:56 AM
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Tile board attached to a piece of plywood.
 
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Old 10-08-15, 09:42 AM
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For such a small piece of work, 3/4" plywood would probably work. I would paint it with a flat paint or primer to prevent the wood from pulling too much moisture out of the thinset before it sets up.
 
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Old 10-08-15, 12:24 PM
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Seems easy enough. Thank you guys!

For finishing the edges, I was considering metal edging.
With the tiles added, I am looking at a total depth of 1 inch.

I am not sure if edging with 1" depth is available, but I haven't looked yet.
 
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Old 11-05-15, 08:42 AM
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I suggest using an mdf board with hardibacker ontop. Hardibacker will have more a grab than just plywood so nail or screw the hardibacker ontop of the mdf board.
 
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Old 11-05-15, 04:46 PM
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For a wall hanging, I believe there is too much overkill. Simple painted wood to retard water absorption and tile is basically all you would need. MDF is heavy, and adding cbu makes it even heavier. It's a wall hanging not a shower wall.
 
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Old 11-05-15, 05:15 PM
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Yes, and MDF has no business being mentioned in the same sentence as tile or flooring for that matter. Larry and I are in agreement with painting the 3/4" ply before adhering the tile. If this was anything other than a piece of art, I would be recommending cement board as well.
 
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Old 11-05-15, 07:11 PM
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You could even forgo painting the wood ahead of time especially if you just use regular wood and not any plywood. I once made a cross for a church made out of 2x4's and I just glued everything on and then I added grout. This was years ago and the cross was hung in a hallway of the church where no steam would get to it. As far as I know it is still there although I can't say for sure since there were many changes there including a new church building. Also later on we moved on to a closer church so I haven't been there in years.
 
 

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