Endgrain Floor - Made from scratch #1: Endgrain Flooring (Cobblewood)

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Blog entry by Thomas Porter posted 05-21-2008 06:45 PM 29096 reads 9 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Please don’t use regular grout like me. The wood shrinks slightly and is allowed to move because of the urethane adhesive remaining pliable. There’s tiny little cracks where the wood has separated on the outer tiles in the room. It’s not going to weather well, so I’m replacing the grout in the near future. Thank goodness endgrain floors are cheap material cost. :-) Everything else I did was fine, but the grout was an experiment that proved bad. I’ll leave this project here so you can see it, but be warned – I have now decided to try other grout mixes using flexible wood filler or epoxy/resin/sawdust mixes.

About 4 years ago I did the entire 1st floor of my condo in redwood endgrain. It was time consuming, difficult, aggravating, and one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done. I have decided to take you guys through a step by step journey as I do a new endgrain floor in my house. I’m going to start with one room at a time and take you through the process of building the floor from scratch. I’ll also throw in some of the information I’ve found about end grain flooring as I go along. Once the project is finished, I’ll compile a video of it all so you can see it in a compressed time lapsed way. Until that day… you’ll have do do with pictures and wordy paragraphs as I try and test some of the new ways I’ve devised to make this floor happen in a more efficient manor than the first time I did it. If you want to see the floor I did before please look at my projects gallery. It’s in there.

I just started the tear down process of the room. I took out al the furniture. I removed the carpet, tack strips and junk on the floor. Now I’m going to clean it off and begin preparing the subfloor. Here’s where I’m at… These will serve as the “before” pictures…

Endgrain floor
Endgrain floor
Endgrain floor
Endgrain floor

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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#1 posted 05-21-2008 07:10 PM

Neat idea. I watched a show on one of the home improvement channels a few years ago that featured an end grain floor done with small slabs of tree limbs of various diameters. If memory serves they used oak grown on their property.

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#2 posted 05-21-2008 07:51 PM

I’m looking forward to this! I want to do my foyer in end grain mesquite , border with another species.

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#3 posted 05-22-2008 12:36 AM

I enjoy doing flooring. It is such a dramatic way of changing the rooms appearance. This is going to be an interesting post.

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#4 posted 05-23-2008 05:25 PM

Wow… mesquite. That would be fun. You’d go through a couple of blades that’s for sure. I’ll be making about 900 cuts on the tablesaw to make enough pieces for this 160 sq ft. room alone. I did over 12,000 cuts on the condo project I did. I’m using Douglas Fir for this one. I used Redwood for the last one. I can’t imagine what hardwood like mesquite would be like, but one things for certain…. it would be gorgeous.

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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