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kiwilynne

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06-20-2021 06:22 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question flooring laminate upcycle

I recently got some leftover (about 4 square meters) laminate oak flooring and I’m currently devising what projects I can do with them (I won’t be using them for flooring). Does anyone know if it is feasible to glue the undersides of the flooring (the laminated sides) together so that the oak edge is on both the top and bottom? I’ll obviously do a test run but thought I’d ask, in case someone has had the same idea in the past.

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.


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Wood_Scraps

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#1 posted 06-20-2021 06:47 AM

Like you indicated, just do a test run on some small pieces. Maybe experiment with wood glue, CA glue, etc. I’d think a little sanding first might help with adherence.

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#2 posted 06-20-2021 08:22 AM

I don’t see why not with the right glue. BUT, much of the flooring has a titanium finish on it and that is very hard on cutters..even carbide. Check out the finish !

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 06-20-2021 07:13 PM

Hi Jim :)

Thanks for the tip about sanding. From what I could gather reading up on the specific flooring type, it has a low sheen poly coating.

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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#4 posted 06-20-2021 10:19 PM

Based on the stuff I’ve used (about 1/4” thick), the surfaces are very slick.

Saying that, If I was to do what you are intending I’d rough up the glue surfaces with a sander, maybe 80 grit and plan on burning through a few discs to get a nice even scratch pattern over 100%.

To keep the stacks thickness as even as possible, I’d opt for some strong (not water base) contact cement applied per instructions and spread out with a toothed mastic spreader to get as even (in thickness) coverage as possible.

The joints between planks is a weak point for flexing so I’d consider overlapping the seams between top and bottom by 50%.

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#5 posted 06-21-2021 12:21 AM

Depends on brand and model. Some of that stuff is like pressed cardboard. So sure you can glue it together, then try to rip it apart, you’ll see pretty quickly

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#6 posted 06-22-2021 03:14 PM

Isn’t there specific glue made for glueing it down? Or maybe it’s a floating floor. I second contact cement.

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#7 posted 06-22-2021 04:49 PM

What is the sub straight or core material, to which the oak is secured to?

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#8 posted 06-22-2021 07:28 PM



What is the sub straight or core material, to which the oak is secured to?

- bbc557ci

Hi Bill, the flooring in question are these:

https://www.mitre10.co.nz/shop/sens-element-laminate-flooring-mocha-oak/p/369273

There appears to be the top oak veneer, resting on what looks like MDF with the laminate on the bottom. Made in Belgium, if that helps.

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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#9 posted 06-22-2021 07:30 PM



Isn t there specific glue made for glueing it down? Or maybe it s a floating floor. I second contact cement.

- squazo

Hi squazo – these are click-in floors, so I assume its a floating floor. I will probably be securing the click-in sections with glue as I am looking at making some chests and maybe a small table.

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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