Blood, sweat and tears

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Project by Josh posted 02-19-2014 07:31 PM 2149 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I, with the help of my determined wife, have installed my first floor. It is solid oak. We got most of the wood from several sources off of Craigslist. Really the only down time we had in this 5-week project was either Rubio Monocoat drying time (which is currently taking place) or wood acclimation which takes days. Blood, sweat and tears? Yes, yes and yes. Yes, that’s why I aint been round here in the last month. It was about 400 sf. also. ! It looks beautiful, though. In the pics you can see the finished floor, me in the very process of finishing the floor, my wife enjoying a brew with hammer in hand, day 2 of installing the floor and somehow my incredibly precious dog, Kea (Kay-uh) crept into the scene here. Hmmmmmm. Either that or I am showing her off. Hmmmm, could be the latter.




No flooring was hurt in the construction of this floor. Ok, yes, yes it was hurt. Do you think getting 2 1/2 ” flooring nails sunk deep into you feels good?

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#1 posted 02-19-2014 07:47 PM

gorgeous, the floor I mean. Really.

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#2 posted 02-19-2014 07:53 PM


-- 731 - Just because it doesn't kill you, doesn't mean it didn't try to...

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#3 posted 02-19-2014 09:11 PM

Beautiful looking floor. Is that T&G ‘d?

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#4 posted 02-19-2014 09:21 PM

You’ll love this floor Josh! Well done and on a budget!! Looks really good. Congratulations.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 02-19-2014 09:39 PM

You all have done a masterful job on this project. Great work.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 02-19-2014 10:46 PM

Wow! Beautiful results for your effort!!

-- Tommy

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#7 posted 02-19-2014 11:07 PM

Your right, with that hammer in hand she definitely looks determined. Oh yeah, what Oldsaxon said.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#8 posted 02-20-2014 04:28 AM

Great Lookin Floor

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#9 posted 02-20-2014 06:23 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed Josh! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#10 posted 02-20-2014 05:07 PM

Looks more like “blood, sweat, and beers,” but whatever gets the job done.

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#11 posted 02-20-2014 05:27 PM

SteveW, it indeed is tongue and groove. Thank you all for the kind words. Of course the deal isn’t over yet. Still gotsta move appliances back this weekend, install dish washer, toilet and pedestal sink. Oh, then there’s the miles of baseboards! And wifey decided to repaint the kitchen cabinets. And then somewheres down the line I am going to make a custom solid walnut counter top on the CNC at work to replace the laminate one currently taking up space in our new kitchen. Busy busy busy. School and work don’t make no easier either.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#12 posted 02-20-2014 05:31 PM

That floor turned out nicely and it will be a wonderful attribute to the house.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 02-20-2014 07:05 PM

Like the floor, love the dog.

-- Ron, Montana

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#14 posted 02-21-2014 11:29 AM

Gorgeous. What did you colour/polish/seal it with?

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#15 posted 03-02-2014 05:59 AM

Dr. Photo, we stained, well it wasn’t really a stain, it with some clear chemical. It was clear but when put into contact, it immediately darkens the oak. The sealer is Rubio Monocoat. Expensive stuff. Hard to find dealer in the USA. It has been popular in Europe for years. It is a linseed oil and then there was some sort of additive that you mixed it with. After you mix them, you have a 5 hour shelf life. It takes three weeks for the stuff to fully cure. Before that, you will see water marks if you get water droplets on the wood. Today was three weeks for one half of the floor and next weekend will be three for the other half. Sadly, there are many little smudgy water marks. Oh well, over all it looks fantab! Also, our fuzzy and beloved Golden Retriever keeps scratching up the finish with her claws. She doesn’t know; she’s just a pup.

You said colour. Hmmm. Canada? UK?

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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