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Project by firefighterontheside posted 12-07-2021 05:01 PM 738 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife said she wanted a hardwood floor to replace the 20 year old carpet in our bedroom. I decided I could make the flooring out of wood that I have milled with my sawmill and dried in my kiln. I didn’t have enough of one species to make the floor, so I decided to mix many species. Many turned into 14 species. I confess that maybe 10% of the floor was just wood I had in my shop and not from my mill. I used some jatoba that I had and a few other woods. I think jatoba was the only species I didn’t mill. We don’t have any jatoba trees in MO. I made flooring 2”, 3” and 4” wide to make the most of the lumber. I had milled some quarter sawn walnut and so I used that to make a border around the room. It took me about 2 months to mill all of the flooring using jointer, planer, table saw and finally the shaper with a power feeder. I used a set of Amana flooring router bits. The finish is 4 coats of a water based acrylic floor finish called Last n Last. This was a lot of work and I’m not sure I would do it again, but I’m very happy with the results.

Walnut, hard maple, silver maple, poplar, sweet gum, white oak, red oak, jatoba, mulberry, sassafras, black cherry, red elm, American elm, persimmon.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.





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lightcs1776

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#1 posted 12-07-2021 05:06 PM

Beautiful work!

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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Andre

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#2 posted 12-07-2021 05:42 PM

Very Nice!, Jus think how many pens ya could of turned with all that wood:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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firefighterontheside

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#3 posted 12-07-2021 05:44 PM

Thanks. It just so happens that I ended up with about 20 square feet extra. That’s still a lot of pens.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 12-07-2021 06:38 PM

Fantastic floor. SWMBO must be a happy camper ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 12-07-2021 08:26 PM

Excellent from start to finish, Bill!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Ivan

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#6 posted 12-07-2021 08:34 PM

Looks fantastic, realy unique and eye catching!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 12-07-2021 09:07 PM

Biggest cutting board I ever saw…LOL Great work.

This year I have installed two vinyl plank floors and I know how hard it is on the knees and back without all that milling and cutting.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 12-07-2021 09:14 PM

That is most excellent Bill….nice!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 12-07-2021 09:37 PM

Great job Bill! Looks fantastic!

-- God bless, Candy

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firefighterontheside

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#10 posted 12-07-2021 10:49 PM

Thanks all. I will not be dicing up vegetables on the floor.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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Dark_Lightning

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#11 posted 12-08-2021 04:59 AM


Thanks all. I will not be dicing up vegetables on the floor.

- firefighterontheside


Lol, I’m betting that it is as tough as a cutting board, though.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#12 posted 12-08-2021 06:27 AM

Looks like a lot of work to me but a most rewarding result

Did you consider some french knots in the corners?

-- Regards Rob

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firefighterontheside

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#13 posted 12-08-2021 05:19 PM



Looks like a lot of work to me but a most rewarding result

Did you consider some french knots in the corners?

- robscastle

The results are as good as I hoped, but French knots never entered my mind.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#14 posted 12-08-2021 05:29 PM

That looks really amazing Bill. Good job there.

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#15 posted 12-09-2021 02:45 PM

That floor is simply breathtaking. Great Job Bill! I love it.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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