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End Grain Floor #8: Border

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 05-14-2012 02:14 PM 2177 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With all the small tile work done it was time for me to begin work on the border. I had been collecting Katalox lumber from Cookwoods.com over time and letting it acclimate to the shop as I worked on the tile. I still had to lay down the Birch Plywood and Resaw it before I could work with it.

I wanted to cut it at 5/16in thick and laminate it to 1/2 in Baltic Birch plywood. This wood extend the beauty of the wood as well as give it more stability.

First I had to resaw it all on my Laguna 16HD…

Katalox

Katalox, Waiting!

Solid!

(My Shopvac broke down and that is why you see all the sawdust. Normally you only see about 10% of that when it is hooked up to the dust port.)

Resaw

Mid stride

Because it is my shop floor that I am working on, my bandsaw currently resides at my fathers house, which is only two miles away. (After I got out of the hospital, we decided to move home to be closer to family for many reasons. Family is important! But they also help my wife with the boys on my bad days.)

All the work complete

As soon as I got home I then had to lay everything out,. Yes, so it could finish acclimating but also when I started laying the boarder I could look up and refer to them like a painter does his paints.

The Finished Product

Before I could start that process however I had to draw out exactly what I wanted.

Layout First!

Difficult Corners

The Last Corner

Then I had to cut out the 1/2in 9ply Baltic Birch Plywood strips on my Safety Speed Cut H4 Panel Saw and glue and screw them down.

3 3/4 wide

Boarder Substrate

The Finished Run

More Substrate

The Gap

Almost There

Around the Corner

With the plywood underlayment down, I could start laying the Katalox. I wanted the white sapwood to represent the “Beach” of the ocean, essentially containing the sailing map within the border in itself. It took allot of time matching and bookmatching to get a continual seem of beach line, but it was worth it.

Gluing Down

More Beach

I would lay on oversized boards and then trim them down with the track saw.

The Beach Line

I had one mess up in the sap wood that I had to fix…

A fix

But that was all…

Angles

Cut from the same Board

Line

A Different Take

Large Track

A Work in Progress

Coming along

Weighed down

More Angles

With all the Katalox down, I needed to cut the rebate for the rope inlay banding that was going on the exterior of the border. I had contacted Matt at Inlaybanding.com to make me some 1/8in Maple and Black Walnut rope inlay banding a few months back so it was ready to go. I just didn’t have the set up to do it and Matts work is superior to anything I could have done! I wanted the rope banding because I have seen that design on many old sailing maps.

Cutting the Rabbet

A Near Perfect Corner

Then I started laying the banding using Hot Stuff CA Glue. CA Glue when covering the entire area has an incredible bond and PSI rating! I forget the numbers now but it is not that far below epoxy, however it is more brittle. But in this instance I was not worried about that. I covered the whole rebate and went to work. I glued my figures together several times so I strongly suggest the solvent!

Closer up

Angles

Shop Corner

Entry Corner Expanded

Over View

At the East and West points of the Start I had the banding change direction.

Change

Volcano Corner 2

Volcano Corner

Overall, I am very happy with the result. It looks very similar to the old maps I have studied.

More to follow…

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



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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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

Unbelievably WOW! Love the work you’re putting into this floor, it’s amazing. What a testament to your level of proficiency w/ layout, tooling, imagination and know-how. Again, Wow…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#2 posted 05-14-2012 02:43 PM

I’ve said it before, I cannot believe this is in your shop. I’m sure many would love to have this in their house!

-- Visit my blog at dave.spalla.com

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#3 posted 05-14-2012 02:51 PM

excellent work

even to the smallest detail

very nice indeed

and all in just three days ! (LOL)

-- 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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#4 posted 05-14-2012 03:10 PM

When I started reading this series, I wouldn’t have said this is to my taste, but seeing what you’re doing I’m very curious as to how it will look finished. Either way, it’s an incredible project and very inspiring.

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#5 posted 05-14-2012 03:14 PM

Thank you very much Smitty. I do enjoy the work. It keeps me busy and sane!

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

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#6 posted 05-14-2012 03:17 PM

SirFatty,

Thank you once again. You are very kind. I know it does seem crazy that I put all this work into my shop. Thank you for your encouragement.

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

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#7 posted 05-14-2012 03:18 PM

Patron,

:) I don’t work that fast, it is much more like three years in total:).

Thank you for your uplifting words.

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

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#8 posted 05-14-2012 03:21 PM

Scott,

Thanks for your honesty, yes not everyone likes everything, and that is ok. If we did, the world would be terribly boring! Thank you for your kind words of encouragement.

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

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#9 posted 05-14-2012 03:39 PM

Just stopped on this blog as I was curious. Really impressive project! Iappreciated the picture tour. Like the changes you put into it and that you have the persistance to make it happen. Three years is longer than where some people live in todays world. I think it is also symbolic as to where you will go in your shop work with this as your base.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 05-14-2012 06:16 PM

Doc,

Thanks for the kind comments! I work slow because of the injury but I am thankful each day that I am able to be out in the shop an work. Some guys don’t even get that much!

Thank you for your vision as well.

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

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#11 posted 05-14-2012 09:17 PM

This would be great in almost any “Man Cave” and I am sure there are many who have serious envy of your shop floor! Again this is superbly crafted!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#12 posted 05-14-2012 10:29 PM

Thank you very much Erwin! You know I have thought about the man cave thing. I have squirreled away a few ideas for the future.

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

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#13 posted 05-15-2012 02:14 AM

Nate- I’m looking at your posts from most recent back and I’m still in awe! Yeah, I would love to have that in my living room.

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

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Nate Meadows

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#14 posted 05-15-2012 02:22 AM

Thank you very much gfadvm! That is a nice complement!

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

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#15 posted 05-17-2012 01:26 AM

Your use of the sapwood as shoreline is truly inspired!

Paul

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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