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End Grain Floor #7: Final Lands

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 808 days ago 2126 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As I finished laying the final tiles I ran into a major problem. Somehow on my journey around the center of the room I moved about an inch off. When it was time for the to tile sections to meet I had some adjusting to do. It turned out ok, but if it were anything other than a shop floor I would have ripped up everything that was not square and started over. That is my perfectionism coming out. My wife however, convinced me to accept the defect since it is just a shop floor. (I have learned so much so it will not happen again!)

The Blunder Magnified

The Problem

The Solution

Last Tiles

Thankfully the fix blends in rather well.

The next step was to get the last to lands inlaid into the floor. I needed to resaw one of the burls first. I am using a Buckeye Burl from Cookwoods.com to represent the Land of the Conflicted Thoughts. I resawed it to thickness using my Laguna 16HD and equipped with the Laguna 1-1/4 Resaw King Blade. This is arguably my favorite machine to use, it is definitely the one I use most often.

Buckeye

Then I was able to trace, route and glue it in…

With a Sharpie!

Glued In

Once this was glued in I could move to the final land which is made from Roble Burl, also from Cookwoods.com. this land is the Land of Sinister Thoughts. This land is intentionally in the corner of the map as evil or sinister thoughts are often lurking in the corner of the mind.

Marked Out

Routed Out

Glued In the Corner

Once the glue had set for over 24 hours it was time to square up the tiles and lands.

I love My Festool

The Final Cut

The Last Corner

Label will soon be installed.

More to follow….

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



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patron

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#1 posted 808 days ago

like many floor and tile workers learn
start the layout in the center
any irregularities show to the sides
and are only half as much each way

wonderful project
great work

-- 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 808 days ago

Patron,

Thank you for the advice. Yes, I will never make that mistake again:).

Thanks again for the encouragement.

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

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#3 posted 807 days ago

I had not realized until this post that you say this is SHOP FLOOR?
I thought this was going to be in a nice kitchen or living area.
The fact that it’s a shop floor is going to make it even more amazing.
The only problem I would see with me having a shop floor like this is that I would be afraid to actually work on it.

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

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#4 posted 807 days ago

:)I hear you William:)

I should clarify, it is a wood shop. No metal or oil will find its way there as long as I am alive and in control:). Beyond encouraging me to be creative it should keep me motivated to keep it clean!

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

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#5 posted 807 days ago

My shop has a concrete floor. i have often wished for a wooden floor. This would be awesome as hell though. oh well, I guess I could just allow the sawdust to build up on mine.

How big is your shop.
I’m wondering because it looks like quite an undertaking as it is. My shop is 40×50.

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

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#6 posted 807 days ago

William,

This room that the floor is in is 18×16, but then I have a two car garage…that is really one because my wife insists on using it for the car. Me? I could care less about the truck, it is designed to be outside, but the tools in the shop!

I will be doing a floor in that section as well in the future.

I also have a barn just behind that, which I want to turn into a turning studio. All in good time and money:)

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

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#7 posted 807 days ago

William,

You really could do a wood floor you know. It isn’t as hard as it looks and you don’t have to do anything crazy. You could do compressed sawdust…plywood:).

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

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#8 posted 807 days ago

I would live in constant fear of spilling stain or some other evil substance on that floor!

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

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#9 posted 807 days ago

Have you considered something like this in your house. It wouldn’t have to be the same theme if your wife isn’t into the mapped sailing theme. It could be something more to suit her taste. If you’re like me, the house is hers and the shop is yours. So we have to keep mama happy. It would be absolutely stunning though in a house with some kind of glossy finish over it all to handle the foot traffic in a house.
Hell, I’ll bet just multiple coat of flooring polyurethane would hold up well over the endgrain.

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

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#10 posted 807 days ago

gfadvm,

There is that, but this is the machine room so I shouldn’t be staining to much there:)/

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

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#11 posted 807 days ago

William,

We have discussed it. There are a few ideas in the works. We have been waiting until I finished the shop floor so I have all my machines back home and in one spot.

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

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