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End Grain Floor #2: More Tiles

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 05-12-2012 11:46 PM 3291 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After finished the star, minus the obsidian inlay I moved on to collecting and cutting 6×6 tiles. These tiles were cut at 3/4 of and in because they were going to have a 1/8 grout line. (The grout is going to be granulated cork by the way!! This allows the wood to move through each session without any damage. I thank Charles Peterson again for this floor saving tip!)

Wood!

 All 500 of them!

Once I cut about 1500 tiles I took them into the shop to be squared up on the table saw. Note: It is very easy in either one of these processes to get hazed. The repetitive motion can put the mind to sleep. When ever I found myself in such a haze, I immediately turned of the saw and went and did something else. I already have issues working around power tools because of the vertigo, that just makes it worse. It better to walk away until you can refocus!!!

First Cut

End of Second Cut

Third Cut

Last cut

Final Product

About a 1/3

Once all the tiles were squared up. I could start laying them down. I turned these tiles at a 45 degree turn from the center ones. Again I used Bostiks VaporLok.

Better Details

Second 1/4

A beginning

3/4

More to follow…

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



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Bob Kassmeyer

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#1 posted 05-12-2012 11:58 PM

I was going to ask on your last entry what you were going to do about expansion but I see you answer it in this post. Looks very nice and thank you for the detailed instructions along the way. I thank you for your service to our country and hope all goes well with you now that you are retired.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 05-13-2012 01:44 AM

That is coming along very well. I can’t even imagine how many hours you will have in this but I think it is time well spent as you will have a one of a kind floor. And YOU did it! Work safe and keep posting progress.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Philip

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#3 posted 05-13-2012 05:01 AM

That is amazing, can’t wait to see the result!

-- I never finish anyth

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Nate Meadows

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#4 posted 05-13-2012 03:19 PM

Bob, Thank you for very kind comments! It was my pleasure to serve and would do it all over again.

The expansion is controlled by the glue and the Birch Plywood when the tiles are only 5/16s of an inch thick. But once they are full thickness the granulated cork is perfect.

I hope that through my journey here I can learn so they can move on to do there own projects. I have done so much research on End Grain Floors is kind of crazy, and Charles Petersons book is the best out there. Then there is studying what others have done and figuring out what they did right and wrong.

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

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Nate Meadows

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#5 posted 05-13-2012 03:20 PM

Thank you Philip, me too:).

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

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