Parquet Oak Ply Floor

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Project by JimJr posted 08-09-2010 04:57 AM 5328 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my kitchen floor project, I have used a red oak plywood with a very thick oak veneer. Originally these were 4’x8’ sheets of material that were destined for the scrap pile at the company where I work. I retrieved them and cut to 22” squares. We then individually stained and let dry. Then when laying the tiles we alternated the grain and applied 4 layers of a floor polyurethane – scuffing between coats. We used brad nails and wood glue to affix. I still have living room/foyer to do just need to get up the motivation to finish and humidity to drop!

-- "A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing." - emo phillips

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#1 posted 08-09-2010 05:37 AM

That looks very nice. How were the gaps between each tile? Did you put them end to end or use a tongue and groove set up? I like this very much.

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#2 posted 08-09-2010 05:42 AM

Very nice project. You did a super job on what would have been scrap. thanks for sharing!!

That looks like a lot of area to cover for a kitchen too!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 08-09-2010 05:49 AM

I put them end to end, trick is to make sure they are absolutely square when cut. We started in center of room and worked out so we could but them together pretty tight. As we got to the end we had a few small gaps, we used a putty that matched the stain to cover over those.

-- "A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing." - emo phillips

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#4 posted 08-09-2010 06:41 AM

Hi JimJr,

Very attractive floor and good use of material that would have other wise been scrap.
My folks moved from Canada to NZ in 1953 along with me, I just tagged along. My dad made doug fir plywood boxes to put the household stuff in,for the boat trip, way before the container ship days. When we got to NZ he recycled the plywood into 11 7/8” squares and laid them down as flooring. Similar to your project, only different era, and different wood.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Playing with wood and metal for the last 50 years, driving and building Land Cruisers for the last 40. Experience is what you get when you don't know what you are doing.

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#5 posted 08-09-2010 08:27 AM

Salvage rocks the planet -and your kitchen -i bet no-one in miles has such a beautiful kitchen!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#6 posted 08-09-2010 08:34 AM

Beautiful Floor Jim!!

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#7 posted 08-09-2010 06:40 PM

That’s a great looking floor. I’ve long wondered about using plywood ‘tiles’ for floor surfaces. How thick is the plywood? I always thought that biscuit joints would be great for a floor, but I think that would mean that the wood would need to be much thicker.

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#8 posted 08-09-2010 11:37 PM

Very nice floor…not bad for scrap!

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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#9 posted 08-10-2010 01:02 AM

The plywood is 1/4”, I thought about looking at a way to t & g the edges but did this in my last house with another type of wood and never had any issues with movement and that floor was 6 yrs old when we moved. Thanks to all for the kind comments….I might just have the motivation to do the last two rooms :)

-- "A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing." - emo phillips

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