laying a hardwood floor

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Blog entry by Carpentrygal posted 06-17-2009 05:59 AM 1255 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished laying an unfinished American Cherry hardwood floor in my 326 sq ft living room. I researched this project from beginning to end for about 2 months and it really paid off. I’m now finishing it with a polymerized tung oil product. A professional carpentry friend started us out the first day by helping us lay the first line straight because of an obstacle we had to go around. He was here in my home for 2 hours. My husband and I worked on it together for the remainder of that day. The day and a half following I was pretty much on my own because my husband had to work. Running into problems will teach you more than anything and I definitely hit a few! The last 2 1/2 rows were the hardest to lay because I ended on a wall that had water baseboard heating vents. With no one else having run into this situation I had to figure out a solution myself. I ended up removing the back of the vents as well as the front in order to get the leverage I needed to use a pry bar and block to push the boards together. Then I took a grinder because I had no router and shaved off the lower inside of every groove in order to get the boards to fit snugly. Both together solved the problem wonderfully! I guess there’s a tool that can be used in these situations but it is very expensive to buy and so specialized that they aren’t available to rent.
The thing that really added an extra touch to this project was a step of faith I took in removing the outside drywall surface of a small divider wall in the room. It revealed a portion of the brick chimney and a 4×4 load bearing post. We ran the hardwood flooring between the two. I’m going to cover the load bearing post with wood that I’m going to tung oil and and turn it into a beautiful pillar. The pics in my project section should show what I’m talking about.

-- Denise, True success is finding out what God is doing and getting in on it.

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#1 posted 06-17-2009 06:44 AM

congradtulations denise !
i looked at the floor posting and then found this blog ,
the thing that carpentry teaches us is that we can do many things that we have been told that we shouldnt do .
listen to the wood , and you will have a home that you and your family will be proud of and comfortable in .
and who knows , maybe you will try your hand at furniture or woodcraft in some form ?
also welcome to l.j.s. , this is a good bunch of people , and will help with any questions you may have,
so feel free to ask or comment as you like .
regardless of our expertiece , we learn and share togethere .
enjoy !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 06-17-2009 07:10 AM

Sounds like a great job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 06-17-2009 12:08 PM

Congratulations, Denise on putting down the flooring in your home. I am a firm believer that you cannot add too much wood to a home and, putting down a hardwood floor, is a wonderful way to transform the look of a room. Post some pictures when you get the opportunity.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 06-17-2009 02:01 PM

Doesn’t it give you a great sense of acomplishment. And you can feel it for years to come whenever you see it.

-- Hope Never fails

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#5 posted 06-17-2009 06:14 PM

I have some before and after pics in my project section. I’ll post final ones when the tung oil is finished and the room is put back together. I really appreciate all your comments. And yes, there is definitely a sense of accomplishment and you admire your room every time you walk through it. Plus you now have knowledge and experience you didn’t have before that you can share with others.

-- Denise, True success is finding out what God is doing and getting in on it.

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#6 posted 06-19-2009 08:14 AM

Thanks to everyone for your comments,encouragement,and advice. Even if you tell me something that I already know I really appreciate it because it’s coming from people that have been doing this stuff for years and it confirms that I haven’t forgotten to do something that I needed to do!

-- Denise, True success is finding out what God is doing and getting in on it.

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