End Grain Floor #5: More lands

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 05-14-2012 02:28 AM 2614 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Islands and Landmasses cont. Part 5 of End Grain Floor series Part 6: Fleur De Le »

Before I moved on to more lands I needed to trim up the internal lines of tiles. I was laying them very close to the metal knowing I would later come back and add the grout line with the Festool Track and Saw.


With that completed I was free to move onto the Land of the Celestial Though. This burl I got from (One of the best wood places I have found and the kindest people I have every met! Chris and Catherine Cook truly treat me so very encouragingly.) Anyway, the burl is Olivewood from California. It is…well you can see…beautiful and I think fitting for a land dedicated to thoughts of higher things.

Routing out Completed

Cutting Out

A piece of Heaven

After the Olive Burl, I wanted to put a volcano in the corner. My neighbor gave me an old Black Walnut Burl he had been saving for years that just happened to fit the bill perfectly. It was hollowed out in the center, a center that I plane on filling with crushed red stone. This land is called the Volcano of the Unexpected Thought!


The Process


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

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#1 posted 05-14-2012 02:33 PM

on and on
and better and better

-- 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 05-14-2012 07:23 PM

Most unusual floor I have ever seen, I love it!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 05-15-2012 12:21 AM

I am loving this. I have seen some awesome projects, but I swear, if I owned this house I’m in, this project series you have going would give me some ideas for redoing my floor.


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#4 posted 05-15-2012 01:24 AM


That is really good to hear. I am glad that I can spark any artistic idea. That is what we are here for; to encourage each other, to support each other, to teach each other, to inspire each other and give each other those little puffs of creativity to give the imagination flight.

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

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#5 posted 06-18-2012 02:53 PM


I’m reading through the progression of your posts and have not yet finished, but wanted to say what an inspiration this thread is to me. Awesome work just love the island theme and effect also.

I have a question that you may have addressed and I just missed it. Why did you use expansion joints for the 6×6’s but not for the 4×4s?

Again very impressive work. Like the 2-sided squaring jig for the table saw also – nice simple solution to get all 4 sides without using a spacer stick which I never liked.

-- "Sure, listen to what the experts have to say, just don't let it get in the way of your woodworking."

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#6 posted 06-18-2012 05:08 PM


Thank you so very much for your kind words of encouragement!

As to your question…no worries. I really wanted to have a different effect. The 4×4s are only 5/16in thick. They are laminated to 1/2in 9 Ply Baltic Birch Plywood. I used an industrial wood floor glue as well. This all stabilizes the tiles and allows them to be edge to edge set. The 6×6s are a full 3/4 of and in thick and could not be stabilized, thus the expansion joint was necessary.

I hope this helps.

Thank you again for your kindness!

Very Gratefully,


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

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