How to Put an Edge on a Mosaic Table

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Things You'll Need

  • 1/4-inch wide flat wood trim
  • Ruler/tape measure
  • Miter saw box
  • Miter saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain or paint
  • Sealer (when using wood stain)
  • Paintbrush
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing nails
  • Wood punch
  • Colored wood putty

Mosaic table tops add a feeling of individuality and creativity to any room. The individualized patterns are created by placing very small tiles, pieces of cut glass, stones, metal, or even beads in a predetermined pattern. The mosaic material sits on the surface of the table. Add an edge to the mosaic table to prevent damage to the mosaic material. Edging is made from wood trim, veneer, metal or plastic. The edging is secured to the table edge using small finishing nails and/or wood glue.

Measure the height of the table edge including the height of the mosaic. Determine the width of the flat wood trim for purchase. Add a minimum of 3/4 inches to the depth of the mosaic to ensure enough wood is present for securing to the table edge. Purchase the determined width of 1/4-inch flat wood trim.

Measure the table edge lengths. Add 1/2 inch to each length. Write down the measurements.

Turn the 1/4-inch flat wood trim on edge. Mark the edge of the trim at the predetermined lengths. Allow the width of the saw blade when marking the edge of the wood.

Hold the trim on edge against the inside edge of the miter box. Cut the trim at a 45 degree angle.

Sand the cut edges of the trim. Remove all splinters and burrs.

Stain or paint the front side and the edges of the cut trim to match the table edge. Allow the stain or paint to dry for 30 minutes. Apply a layer of sealer if the wood is stained. Allow the sealer to dry for 30 minutes.

Apply a thin line of glue down the middle back of each cut trim board.

Center the trim board over the appropriate table edge. Allow 1/4-inch of each end to stick past the edge of the table. Hammer finish nails 1/4-inch below the mosaic tile line. Place the nails 12 inches apart. Repeat the process on all sides. The 1/4-inch overlap will miter together when all pieces are in place.

Tap the heads of the nails 1/16-inch into the wood.

Apply colored wood putty in each nail hole.

About the Author

Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."

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