dimensioning floor boards

June 2, 2008 at 5:53 pm (domestic life, dream, fun, home improvement) (, , )

So Saturday we started work on dimensioning our floor boards . Let me explain . We have a kitchen and dinning room that are carpeted. Carpet in the kitchen is evil. We knew it had to be replaced. Last fall we purchased 13 feet of a black acacia trunk. ( highly figured wood, the mainland version of koa). The tree guy cut it up into rough boards . We milled the wood so it became slightly less rough boards of 6 feet in length, 3 – 4 inches in width ,and about an inch in depth. Then the wood sat in our dinning area for about 6- 7 months.

Saturday we sent all the boards for through the planer – bringing everything down to under an inch. ( I forgotten the actual measurement). And maybe a quarter of it went through the thickness sander. The boards are starting to look more like lumber instead of tree parts. closer to  floor

DH is very careful – so we both have hearing protection and masks. Mine is pretty major, so I don’t aggravate my allergies/asthma. There are no pictures of AlienBeth, thank you very much . Word of advice: don’t tell your wife she sounds like Darth Vader or that you think her ( dust) goatee is really cute. I promise you, she will want to kick you.

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When doing a project like this , you have to invent the process as you go along. There are all the signals you use, because you can’t hear. And which tool should be used when? Nothing we read anywhere would have suggested putting the garden wheelbarrow under the planer, but it worked great for us. Most of the chips dropped into the cart and we just wheeled the chips off to the ‘compost pile’. Because we were milling so much wood, and everything just happened to be the right height this worked really well for us.

People have started asking if this project is worth it. Dollars and Cents – sure. Even though we have spent money on tools, we would have probably bought them at some point anyway. So we could have easily spent much more money on a less unique laminate flooring. Time wise? Well, you gotta like doing these kinds of projects. The floor will be unique – and made by us. Both DH and I were history majors and we spend a lot of time thinking and talking about putting a floor in without power tools. Make you appreciate your older floors.

One bonus I am hoping for, an improvement in our physical beings. We have to work during the week, just not on the weekends if we want to finish this by the end of summer.

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5 Comments

  1. DM said,

    Hurray!! to getting started.

  2. Matt H said,

    Great post!

  3. Peter said,

    I planed about 400 feet of black walnut at P.I. and was going to use it for mulch but I was told black walnut was not good for plants. Something about the oils in it.

  4. egb63 said,

    So I just spent a lot of time looking around on the internet . Looks like walnut would be good for places you don’t want any plants – like a path or between flagstones. For other wood, it looks like it is better if it sits around for a year, because it can leach Nitrogen from the sil. But adding more nitrogen to the soil takes care of it. Also – if you leave it sitting around for a year it becomes less acidic. Looks like I might have to formalizes my compost system.

  5. Matt H said,

    Peter, black walnut trees produce a compound called juglone that is toxic to other plants. Most of the acacias are pretty mild by comparison, fortunately – black acacia, acacia melanoxylon isn’t problematical, usually. It’s pretty stuff that looks like koa, and is very hard on tools but apparently wears very well for floors.

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