Wood Flooring Scraps for Inset Wall

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Project by MAXIMUSminimus posted 08-04-2013 11:22 AM 3183 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a friend who is wood floor installer and he let me have his waste from prior projects to create this decorative inset at an inset wall above my mantle and T.V. The picture does not seems to do justice on how the light reflects of the variation of thicknesses and shadowing but would be interested in feedback.

Each wood piece (no laminates) is cut to a 4 1/4” square and randomly laid out using at least 12 different woods. I used mastic to attach each piece one by one alternating the joints. Hardest part was preparing all the wood to exact size which I did with a table saw and miter saw.

I have a larger inset at my stairway and will be tackling that one next with photos…wish me luck!


-- RETIRED...nuff said!

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#1 posted 08-04-2013 11:58 AM

it looks very nice, well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#2 posted 08-04-2013 12:35 PM

Both beautiful in design and functional as well. Excellent job!

-- John, Illinois,

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#3 posted 08-04-2013 01:22 PM

That is a very cool idea. It captures the eye and keeps your attention going over the pattern. The subtle shifts in grain pattern, wood type, and thickness, really makes the surface jump out at you. Definitely a good alternative to a painting

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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#4 posted 08-04-2013 04:24 PM

Cool idea and good way to re-purpose wood flooring as opposed to trashing. I can imagine this on an entire accent wall with lighting above to emphasize the different dimensions. Looking forward to seeing your stairway inset using this technique.


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#5 posted 08-05-2013 01:17 AM

Love it. Adds a lot of interest to the room I’m sure. I like the fact that you kept the different thicknesses. Good job.

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#6 posted 08-05-2013 01:58 AM

Really nice effect from remnant pieces as well. Very cool idea!

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#7 posted 08-05-2013 02:03 AM

steliart – Thank you!

OakHill – I appreciate your thoughtful feedback

rustythebailiff – Glad you like it. If I may be so bold to say it looks even better than the photo. ;)

BENTWOOD – Yeah, the fact all the wood was free and I was able to salvage and do my little part for Mother Earth. Thanks

Jofa – Yes, the different thicknesses causes really nice shadowing effect. Glad you liked it.

ThemBones – Thanks for taking a peek and feedback. Going to do my stairway inset next which is twice as big…gulp.

-- RETIRED...nuff said!

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#8 posted 08-05-2013 02:35 AM

Please don’t forget to post the larger stairway as I have an inset that needs some POP!


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#9 posted 08-11-2013 06:01 PM

BENTWOOD – I will be sure to post photos of the stairway inset as soon as I get back some of my mojo back…it could be awhile…lol.

-- RETIRED...nuff said!

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#10 posted 10-26-2013 02:59 PM

very nice job.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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