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Jorge G.

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#1 posted 09-13-2012 10:18 PM

Yes, you can and you should. Currently I am in the process of laying down solid wood floor for a customer, they could not afford hard wood so I am doing pine. (yeah I agree that prefabricated crap does not even come close to real wood floors). I purchased the flooring bits from Toolstoday, they work great, the thickness of my floor is 5/8” so I bought the bits for up to 3/4” floor. If you have a router table and someone to help you pass you the cuts, it does not take that long, I made about 1000 sqf in a day and a half. I am betting that with oak you will need to re sharpen the blades after a 1000sqf or so, with pine I have made 2000 sqf and they are still good.

I would advise you to first make all the wood to the same thickness or you will have a heck of a time fitting the slats when you lay them down. If you make all the wood to the same thickness you will always have the T&G at the same position in the middle of the slat. I did nto bother to make T&G on the ends, just butt joints. No glue, I tie down the floor with screws and platic dowels every 4 or 5th row with staples in the in between rows. Buy a good concrete bit, I use a 1/4” bit with 2” screws, drill a hole through the wood into the concrete, place the screw on the plastic dowel and hammer it through the hole until you hear a difference in pitch, that means the dowel has reached the bottom of the hole, then screw to tighten. Obviously you will have to make plugs to finish the floor.

Expansion is not a big deal, but make sure you put a barrier between the concrete and the wood. I used that sort of white bubble plastic they use for laying down rugs, it gives the floor some cushion and it works great as a barrier. PM if you have any questions.

As for the naysayers, I will put my solid wood floors against your engineered floor any time, 9 times out of 10, customers will choose solid wood floors when put side by side.

PS, I forgot to explain expansion. This is not a big deal with the barrier, my experience has been that when you have an enclosed space the humidity of the floor with barrier is pretty constant. For safety I left a half inch separation from the walls, but I have yet to see a change in the floor.

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