From rough sawmill lumber to beautiful hardwood floors!

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Project by xanderphillips posted 05-29-2019 01:50 PM 1180 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

NEVER AGAIN! (Took over a year of evenings and weekends!)

I bought rough lumber from the sawmill to make tongue and groove flooring for THE ENTIRE HOUSE!

Cherry, black walnut, ash, maple, hickory, Kentucky coffee bean, red oak, white oak, + a couple of other random boards that got mixed in somehow…

Cut into manageable sized pieces and then jointed each one to get 2 sides flat and square to each other.

I then planed each board to thickness.

Once I got them surfaced 3 sides I ripped them all to whatever maximum width each board would produce.

After that I sorted the stock into piles of rough widths

This left me with roughly 5 or 6 sizes of planks. (~6” wide, ~4” wide, etc.)

I then decided on exact widths for each plank size and ripped each pile to that size.

Once I had planks uniform sizes (about 4-5 different plank sizes in all) I then tongue and grooved all of them on my router table.

I then cut the ends of each board to be square to the plank, as it was still rough cut in length, and not 90 degrees to the length of the planks.

After that with the help of my wife and daughter, we sorted and made piles of each plank width according to length in the house in preparation to pneumatically nail down and install.

This gave me the ability to do runs of a single width, randomly around the floor, but then ask for various species in that width, and also ask for them in whatever length I needed, as we had sorted them by both width and length to allow them to be easily picked for whatever I needed for the random pattern as well as to fit the space.

Rented floor sanders from the big box store to sand down all the floors (took multiple days to do the whole house!)

Then I sealed the floors with too many coats of floor poly to count over a few days. Once they had all cured went back over with a top coat of a Dead Flat floor varnish as we don’t like the shiny surface of most finishes, and Dead Flat makes the wood almost look raw, but leaves the color that pops from the varnish underneath.

We left in knot holes and spalted wood as we also like the look of the imperfections.

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#1 posted 05-29-2019 02:55 PM

I must admit, hat’s lovely flooring.

-- Mike in SoCal, now East Texas

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#2 posted 05-29-2019 03:18 PM

Wow! That’s really cool. I think the perseverance paid off!

-- Pete

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#3 posted 05-29-2019 11:02 PM

Gorgeous. I admire your willingness to stick to a task. This certainly was a big one. This will give you a lifetime of satisfaction. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 05-30-2019 12:41 AM

Wow,you did it after all,great work!

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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#5 posted 05-30-2019 12:11 PM

Time to move! Lol
Impressive work, well done

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#6 posted 05-30-2019 01:02 PM

NEVER AGAIN! is an understatement. It was probably fun the first weekend or maybe month, I’m just guessing.
It is beautiful and extremely well done, but that’s enough to quit woodworking!

Best Regards,

-- Upgrayedd - spelled thusly, with two Ds, for a double dose of this pimping.

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#7 posted 05-31-2019 01:48 PM

Superb work! I love the contrasting aesthetic of the various species. Just curious…what did the rough lumber end up costing you? Must have been a small fortune for the entire house lol!


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#8 posted 05-31-2019 05:44 PM

I don’t recall the exact number, as we did quite a bit of shuffling after the initial quotes and I didn’t have them do the sfs/sanding, and we substituted a lot of #2 and shorts to save even more money, so the quotes I have don’t reflect what I paid or what I purchased. Was VERY pleased with the price though, as it was all rough sawn prices, with a slight charge for straight line cutting one edge on each board.

Superb work! I love the contrasting aesthetic of the various species. Just curious…what did the rough lumber end up costing you? Must have been a small fortune for the entire house lol!

- snufalufegus

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#9 posted 06-03-2019 12:39 PM

Bravo! I’ve only once milled hardwood for flooring, and that was to feather in an existing floor patch after removing a wall. But that was one species (oak) and one width (1 1/4”). I admire your tenacity. Your reward is an absolutely unique floor.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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