I’ve been weighing plywood floor as an option for the main floor of my home (and possibly the second floor and even attic when I finish it). And I was even more inspired by AllorNoThumbs project here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/27373
The first problem I run into is that I have just over 1000 square foot per floor. I’m not sure I can handle ripping 35 pieces of plywood and running over 200 pieces through the tongue and groove process. Let’s not forget finishing 1000 square foot of plywood seems like a daunting task.
My second problem is the cost of plywood. Even on a recent sale (todays Menard’s ad HAR HAR) A1 Maple was $70 a sheet which works it’s way to just over $2.33 a square foot (since you lose 2 square foot per sheet in tongue material if you’re getting 6 8” strips and making 1/2” tongues). Even the B1 grade at $47 works it’s way to $1.56 per square foot. And don’t get my started on Cherry ($3.33 sqft) and Walnut ($3.67 sqft). And even after ripping and tongue and grooving all of the material it will still need finishing!
I’m just wondering if it’s a worthwhile project, or if I would be better off getting pre-finished hardwood flooring at Lumber Liquidators for $3.00-4.00 a square foot.
Even after all of the things telling me to not do it, I’m still considering it. Not to be cheap, but more to have my hand in the house and have more impressive stories to tell about it (I’m a bit of a showoff when it comes to my handywork).
What do you guys think about using plywood as flooring?
Is it economical or worthwhile?
Are there any benefits other than being able to say you did it yourself?
What grade would you suggest using to keep it looking nice but bring the cost down to make it more economical?
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