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Dominoes Table (who needs broken tiles?)

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We had a nicely constructed, found, end-table with an aging surface, and I've wanted to do a broken tile mosaic for a long time. However, finding cheap or free (broken) tiles is nearly impossible. Called tile stores looking for broken or leftover pieces. Went to Menard's; broken tiles are cataloged as right-offs. Searched online and found prebroken tiles by the pound = $$$.

I was about to give up until there was a dominoes sale at Target. Who needs tiles? Dominoes are much more fun!
 
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Step 1: Materials and Testing Layout

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Luckily, when we tested the layout to see if we had enough dominoes and what patter we would need to use, it worked out perfectly. Except you will need one half domino for the center!

NOTE: One thing you might want to consider is that once you have your layout, you might want to construct a frame around the edges of the table. (We couldn't do this "easily" because we had a slight overhang to all sides.) In the end, we were a little off in one direction and the spaces between dominoes increased on that direction as we reached the center. The frame, perhaps nailed in place, will insure that your layout is tight-fitting.

Materials:

+tube of construction adhesive (we used about half a tube): $3
+about 250 dominoes: $20
+time: 2-3 hrs

Step 2: Begin placement

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We started from the outside and moved around the edges -- wrapping towards the center.
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sytse5 years ago
Great project. We ended up doing it with poker themed domino tiles and we are very happy with the result.
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deedavison5 years ago
I also seen broken tiles at a salvage store and boxes for real cheap at auctions.
cmanasco5 years ago
I absolutely love it! If you were to add a thick clear coat to the top like some restaurants use, what would be good? This way clean-up would be easy and dominoes would stay fresh looking I would imagine.
you don't want to just use a paint on clear coat - that will just leave a thin layer. If you want a thick layer 'like some restaurants" then you want to get an epoxy mix. They make them specially for making that thick protective counter coating.
here is a how to link... epoxy table top
they have a resin and hardener polymer coating mix , its one part resin to one part hardener. Mix thoroughly for two minutes , pour as soon as mixed over the surface you wish to coat let cure. It available at menards it's kind of pricey but it goes a long way and last forever if you follow the directions. It may take a while to cure but have patients it works great!!!!!
OH IM sorry the name of the polymer coating i used is called Envirotex Lite.
crowdsourced (author)  ChrisVincent5 years ago
That looks like a good solution. Because the middle tiles ended up having small gaps, I could fill them with the construction adhesive, they ended up looking like bathroom tiles -- so they will be easy to clean. But I'm definitely considering epoxy now for the rest of the table (the whole table)!!!
You can buy a clear acrylic coating at most craft stores.
chuckr445 years ago
Oooh. Mahjong tiles would have been nice. But where do you get Mahjong tiles in the US? Chinatown?
Plasmana5 years ago
That is really cool! Did you cut a domino in half to fill the center gap?
Yeah, I think they did. In roughly the middle of the table, there is a pink 3-spot which doesn't have the black separator line that all of the other dominoes have. It's above the purple 9 and below the yellow 6.
RadBear5 years ago
I did something similar with broken promotional CD's. It was a lot more time consuming as there were very few straigt edges and you had to fit it as you went, but it was fun. Except when I glued my fingers to the table that sucked. And the surface was a little uneven in the end but still functional. I sealed it with clear coat to keep the images from getting scraped off the CD bits. Great job!!!
Scott_Tx5 years ago
Why not start in the center and work your way out for no gaps?
because it would be nigh impossible to make it perfectly square that way. starting on the outside, you know for a fact that the tiles will line up parallel with the side of the table.
Guess its not the same as doing floor tile. Harder to get the little things parallel
You could get gaps on the edges..
No, just, no.
True but nothing a little creative edging couldnt fix. Maybe a border of half tiles or some form of wood trim.
what exactly is construction adhesive ?????
crowdsourced (author)  davidglinski5 years ago
It's extremely strong "glue" for construction. Example
thank you
Sandisk1duo5 years ago
awesome! great use for those dominoes that no one uses
Doctor What5 years ago
Nice! I like it! I might try this with mah jong tiles.
Or scrabble tiles!
if you use srabble tiles you could make a wordsearch out of it
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im afraid of my scrabble board, i was looking out in my shed for something to mess with, and opened the box and there were tons of little weird bugs, i mean TONS.
What'd they look like?
roaches of some sort, but we dont have roaches in washington
Then you could spell stuff with the letters :D
Being the person i am, i'd spell terrible things, and then when people came over, theyd ask why they felt so compelled to kill their parents and dance naked in the kitchen.
Hehe that might not be so good, especially if someone like your boss or your mother saw it...
Unless they know that you're twisted. And your boss is a gangster.
Or if they helped you come up with what you should say on it.
Funny .. that's what my friends do %d
Or for a greater challenge not spell a single word :d
Hehe it would take a while to do that.
inquisitive5 years ago
I think it would be cool to do a frame as suggested that dominoes or mah jhong tiles could be placed in and covered with glass or plexiglass so the pieces would be reusable and not glued in.
lynnaluna5 years ago
great idea!
pyrocop15 years ago
I love the table looks great. Wonder how hard it would have been to match the tiles like in a game.
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