Wood Shop Construction #9: Awesome Floor Find

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Blog entry by SemperSailor posted 12-01-2018 01:40 AM 1054 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Found some awesome floor planks on Facebook Market. Southern yellow pine, tongue and groove…1.5 inches thick. They were stacked in a woman’s old barn. Just have to cut all the ends.

They don’t all fit perfectly together, but certainly nice enough for my barn.

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#1 posted 12-01-2018 01:44 AM

Great find.

Have to ask, where are you located.

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#2 posted 12-01-2018 11:38 AM

I’m in Connecticut. The wood was about an hour and a half away in upstate New York.

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#3 posted 12-01-2018 12:55 PM

Well you have a lot of boat yards up your way. To allow you to go visit and get inspired. And I believe that the Wooden Boat School is up that way.

A few good books I have found
Boatbuilding – Howard Chapelle
Boatbuilding Manual – Robert M Steward
Building Small Boats – Greg Rossel
Building Classic Small Craft – James Gardner
Lifting – Allan Vaitses

Good luck

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#4 posted 12-01-2018 01:36 PM

Great addition to your shop. One big advantage is that if you drop stuff it doesn’t get easily destroyed. I know this from vast experience!

In case you are not using any underlay or other moisture barrier you should know that it one is necessary to keep your floorboards from absorbing moisture and warping and possibly rotting. This can be done in more than one way. One is to seal it with a purpose made liquid sealer or alternatively to use a heavier gauge plastic sheeting. Here in Norway we normally use plastic sheeting with rigid foam on top of the plastic for insulation and then the wood floor. The foam insulation also adds a slight amount of spring to the floor which is a lot easier on the legs and knees. We also use dry sand under the plastic sheeting to flatten out any areas that need it.

You can check this out with a search on the web.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-01-2018 02:28 PM

I have always used roofing felt between the subfloor and any planking attached to it.

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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