Audrey is from Oklahoma, slender, gray haired and bearded, looks to be in his 80’s. He is in fact barely 60 but his life experience added years to his look. We were having lunch, his usual hard candies and cigarettes and me, a burger with a helping of second hand smoke.
I told him I had this great idea about gluing cork boards on the floor of my kitchen. I got the idea because the insert of my handcrafted shoes were made of cork, and it’s great on my feet all day. It’s supportive yet cushiony. The cork boards self-repairs after you put a pin in it. It doesn’t rot from water because they use it to cork wine bottles and it must be acid resistant because wine doesn’t dissolve it. So it should handle all the abuse of the kitchen, and by bare feet will love it.
Audrey lit up another cigarette and spent the next 20 minutes going into detail about the proper care of cork flooring because they were using the stuff since the turn of the century. I’m talking about the 1900s! It just needed to be stripped and wax once a year. Then Linoleum was the big thing, then no wax vinyl took over and that was the death of resilient flooring. Residential use of cork was dead for decades as housewives and husbands forgotten how to wax a floor.
I think I’m born too late. I looked up cork flooring on the Internet and it’s huge with the green movement. Hypo-allergenic, Fire retardant, natural insulation, self sealing, good for your joints, all this and it’s good for the environment. All this from a tree!
So I made my own cork flooring, 99 cents cork boards, glued to the slab with resilient flooring glue, four or five coats of polyurethane and two coats of wax. Now, I have have no idea how to get pictures to this blog so you’ll have to to my blogspot to get the pictures. Cabinetguy.blogspot.com
So here’s some ideas for the LumberJocks. Go to Rockler, Office Depot, get a roll of cork and line those tool boxes, knife holders, tool handels and maybe even the floors. I’m thinking about veneering the top of a writing desk with this stuff one day.!