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Forum topic by BullHammer posted 07-23-2016 02:14 AM 1104 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-23-2016 02:14 AM

A few weeks ago, I received some really nice T&G Ash flooring from a friend…for free. The flooring is top notch, but there’s not enough for me to use in any room. I have roughly 30 ( think it’s actually 28, but I can’t remember for sure) pieces of 8’ long, 4” wide, 3/4” thick flooring that’s now sitting in my garage. It’s solid wood flooring with two inch wide ribs on the underside.

The woman who gave it to me asked that I post pictures of what I make. The problem is…I don’t know what to make.

What the heck can I make with it? Any ideas, thoughts, suggestions?

Obviously, I will have to plane the bottom, to remove the ribs (which I think are there for gluing), but I can’t think of what to make. I’m just stuck.

I have thought of cutting them in half (length wise) and laminating them to make a nice top for a worktable.

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated as the woman has asked if I’ve made anything yet.

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#1 posted 07-23-2016 02:34 AM

Hey Bull,
This is not intended as a suggestion but when I was building my house I received hundreds of bdft of random width red oak T&G flooring which I used for face frame, door frames, and drawers for my kitchen cabinets. I had no planer at that time so everything was/is 3/4 inch thick.
Maybe you could stack some pieces on edge to make a toy chest with a hinged lid. I think it would look nice and it certainly would be sturdy
Regardless, that a nice acquisition to obtain. Have fun making “whatever” with it. Marc

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#2 posted 07-23-2016 06:21 AM

I built my workbench with Ash. Need a workbench?

-- Ken

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#3 posted 07-23-2016 09:25 AM

I have leftover 3/4” t&g unfinished 5” wide maple flooring. Haven’t figured a project out yet with it other than quickly making an silverware drawer.

Also looking for more ideas!

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#4 posted 07-23-2016 12:34 PM

I used some left over flooring to wrap the edge of a floating wall shelf. Cut the tongues and groves off, edge glue some pieces together and make some nice wall shelves…that should be pretty quick and easy….put some books on them, take the picture. Make your friend a serving tray.

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#5 posted 07-23-2016 03:23 PM

I have leftover 3/4” t&g unfinished 5” wide maple flooring. Haven t figured a project out yet with it other than quickly making an silverware drawer.

Also looking for more ideas!

- tealetm

I love it! Thanks for sharing and for the idea. We just had out kitchen redone (due to water damage) and we now have a two super deep drawers with no organization. If I tack pieces in the corners, I can make a couple layers of these things. Nice!

I’m also thinking now, that I can use these to make pull outs for the cabinet under the sink.

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#6 posted 07-23-2016 10:09 PM

Bull, you didn’t mention whether the flooring was finished or not, but if it is finished, it is really hard on blades. You could make small decorative boxes and give one to the donor as a “thank you”. FWIW

-- Art

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#7 posted 07-24-2016 02:11 AM

Thanks AandCstyle, I like the idea a lot! All the boards are unfinished, so it will be easier to use.

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#8 posted 08-07-2016 09:38 PM

You could rip off the tongue and groove; that would leave you with about 3-1/2” width and edge glue it to make panels of any width you want. It could be used to make a table top or bench.

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#9 posted 08-07-2016 09:45 PM

Ive used hardwood flooring for ISLAND tops.
My home at lake in 1996 the entire kitchen countertops were hardwood flooring.
Its lumber. Because it has a tongue and a groove doesnt mean it has to be on the floor !

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