Tiling outdoor wood table question
I am new to this forum. Not sure how much you all expand beyond just wood, but thought I'd pose a question.
I am looking at building a patio table. I'm looking at making a wood frame, but would like to tile a design on a portion of the top. Brief research has taught me that I clearly cannot put the tile on plywood or any other wood that the remainder of the table top will be. However, having a frame, then plywood, then backerboard, then tile will make it quite heavy. So that brings me to the question:
Can I put backerboard on top of the framing, then tile, and just leave out the plywood? Or is the plywood necessary? Looking to cut weight and cost.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.