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Blog entry by robscastle posted 10-26-2016 07:51 AM 916 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a piece of engineered flooring of which I thought may be of interest.

When I found it I was very rapped to find a piece of what I thought was burl veneer inlay.

its a section of ply with a laminate face

It was a bit dusty so I gave it a wipe down with a damp cloth and saw what I thought was white paint spots.

It felt really smooth so I decided to use some 120 Grit to remove the “paint” spots.

After the first sand it appeared the spots got worse.

I had a second look and to my disapointment to was actually a piece of photo image engineered flooring, boo hiss.

Not content with the disapointment I went looking on the net as to why the product would be made.
There is very little documented on it (possibly for obvious reasons) but I managed to sus out a comment “can only be maintained with a light scouring pad to remove marks” cannot be resurfaced by sanding.

Oh well into the rubbish bin went my fantastic Gem of a burl find.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 10-26-2016 08:36 AM

What an awful disappointment…..

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 10-26-2016 10:33 AM

People in my neck o’ the woods have this habit of putting furniture they no longer want out at the curb. I have brought home many an orphan, thanks to their predilections. Then, once I go through the trouble of liberating the “perfectly good, redeemable piece of furniture,” and bringing it home, I find that it’s some kind of IKEA press board crap. I wind up with a little hardware and a full barrel for the trash truck.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 10-26-2016 01:12 PM

... I wind up with a little hardware and a full barrel for the trash truck.

- Mark Wilson

Oh yeah Mark. I’ve been there, done that !

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#4 posted 10-26-2016 05:12 PM

What a sneaky way to get a nice looking wood!

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#5 posted 10-27-2016 04:59 PM

Isn’t it the truth these days.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 10-27-2016 06:10 PM


-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 10-27-2016 08:01 PM

Thanks for all the comments fellow LJ.

I had seen photo image ply like the ply used in RV and caravans or feature walls and ceilings but never on high abrasion areas like flooring.
Its quite odd that they would go to all the effort, load bearing ply sandwiched in what looks to be masonite or similar machined locking T&G the the physical image.

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 11-02-2016 11:55 AM

What a shame. Surely you could use it for something in the shop rather than trashing it? Oh well, one of life’s little disappointments.

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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