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End Grain Floor #1: Beginning

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 830 days ago 2778 reads 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Before I could truly begin working I wanted to get the subfloor figured out. The original floor was a slab of concrete that I estimated to be roughly 6 to 8 inches thick. I wanted to install pex pipe over this so I could eventually add a radiant floor system. I stretched 12mil plastic down then nailed 2×4s every twelve inches and then stretched the pipe between them. I then covered the pex with concrete. My brother and I mixed it all by hand….well actually he mixed it and I laid it:). Then I waited for almost a year for the concrete to cure before moving on to the next phase. It wasn’t until then did I check the level of the floor and realize that one corner was an inch and one half low. I had to rip a bunch of new dry 2×4s in a taper and lay them in a fan shape across the floor to make up the difference.

Second Layer Cont.

Then I laid down 12 mil plastic again and toped that with two layers of 3/4 OSB Tongue and Groove Subflooring. Following the advice of Charles Peterson in his new book The Ultimate Guide to WoodFooring from Tauton Press,

I Strongly Recommend!!!!!!!!!

I glued the second layer at a 45 degree angle from the one below. I troweled out Titebond II over the entire surface of each sheet before screwing ever 6 inches around the perimeter, and 12 inches across the center. I wanted the floor to be able to stand up to the abuse and vibration of the heavy machinery it is destined to hold.

I had an idea of what I wanted to do after I was inspired from reading Charles Peterson book. So I mapped out my design on the floor, then went around the property and collected various 4×4 posts that were laying around and began cutting away….tile after tile. They were to be the center portion of room. (This photo shows the future 6×6 as well)

15in Hitachi with 6x6.5 and 4x4

Each tile was cut to 5/16in thick because they were going to be jointed end to end, no grout lines. I was going to glue them down to 1/2in 9 Ply Baltic Birch Plywood. Once I had what I though was enough, about 750 tiles, I took them into the shop and squared up each and every tile on the table saw using a sliding table jig. I then glued and screwed down the Baltic Birch Plywood and placed the apron on aluminum, brass, Black Walnut and Wenge on two sides before I began to lay the tile.

Corner

I glued the tiles down using Bostiks VaporLok. I love Bostiks produces!

Glue

Once all the tiles were glued down I squared up the other two sides and finished the apron.

Walnut and Metal

With that completed I could move on to the Compase De Rose. First, I had to lay it out. Then I had to cut the end off a large 300 year old California Black Oak and inlaid those sections, accented with Hickory and Gaboon Ebony, so that they would fit around the star.

The Center

I was then able to cut out the star and inlay it in using Bloodwood, Purpleheart, Curly Maple, and Wenge.

Planing

Next, I used a hollowed out piece of oak, which will eventually accommodate crushed obsidian and a sterling silver anchor, to ordain the center.

Milescraft Circle Guide

More to follow…

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate



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#1 posted 830 days ago

I love it. One day on LJ and already doing awesome blogs. I’ll be sure to follow.

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#2 posted 830 days ago

Superior workmanship, you are in a league of your own my friend.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#3 posted 830 days ago

Thank you adaughhetee, that is very kind of you to say. I have been documenting my progress on flickr for awhile so it was an easier transition that in may seam. A buddy on flickr encouraged me to join LJ so I did. Thank you for the kind words.

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#4 posted 830 days ago

Thank you Philip, those are very encouraging words. I still have so much left to learn. I know there are masters here on LJ that put me to shame. Thanks so much for your kind comment.

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#5 posted 830 days ago

Beautiful work. Love those inlaid floors

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 830 days ago

Thank you PurpLev.

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Ben

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#7 posted 830 days ago

That looks amazing! The only time I ever saw an end grain floor was in the assembly area at an old job I had. We built 80+ ton machines and the entire floor was 3’ long 4×4’s standing on end. It was an old building and in some places they were loose, so I pulled one up to see.

-- Welcome to downtown Coolsville, Population: US! --Hogarth Hughes

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#8 posted 829 days ago

Jonathan,

Thank you! Yes, The Hitachi is a monster saw. I am very pleased with it. I do need to order a new blade protector for it!

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#9 posted 829 days ago

Ben,

The durability of factory floors is what drew me to do this in my shop. I have yet to actually visit one. I would love to see the ones in Europe that are still around from the early centuries in the roads. Thank you for the compliments.

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#10 posted 829 days ago

Thank you very much Jonathan, that is very, very helpful!

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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William

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#11 posted 828 days ago

That last photo is stunning.
Excellent work.
I happened to see your latest blog on this and thought about it. Went back and seen it was the tenth in the blog series and had to come back to see the rest of it.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#12 posted 828 days ago

William,

Thank you very much for your kind words. Yes, it is turning out to be quite a series:).

I like your quote tag by the way:)

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#13 posted 808 days ago

NATE: ÉSTE PISO ES UNA OBRA DE ARTE EN MADERA Y UNA CLASE MAGISTRAL ;-)

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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#14 posted 808 days ago

Kova,

Thank you, you are very kind!

Very Gratefully,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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