Walnut Flooring

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Project by Dmack posted 04-22-2011 01:47 PM 1803 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is 1/4 sawn walnut, 1/2” flooring we finished up last week. It’s 10’ planks, random widths ( 3” to 9” ) and we sprayed poly on all six side’s before the install…This is one of the hardest projects I’ve ever done, wood flooring looks so simple to make but the volume of production runs is sometimes a nightmare….. You don’t hear about people making their own flooring, well I see why, what a huge pain, miles of milling… I am proud that my wife and I finished it and love the results but I will never do it again…. Am I alone in this or has anyone else been though this test of will….Thanks

-- Dmack

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#1 posted 04-22-2011 03:12 PM

very ambitious! looks great though! good job

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 04-22-2011 03:14 PM

I’m looking to replace my kitchen flooring in the near future and stumbled across:

Looks like a viable alternative to laminate and store-bought hardwood

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#3 posted 04-22-2011 03:26 PM

You did a wonderful job on this flooring and it looks great. However, I believe that you would have come out better had you purchased your flooring ready to go. We run our flooring on Weinig moulders and we usually have some walnut in stock anyways so much of the drop can go into smaller mouldings. We are also able to get our walnut in on a large flatbed along with other hardwood that we need. Ordering from someone like us in your vacinity might would have saved you a little because your time is also worth money. However, I commend you on doing such a wonderful job on your beautiful floor and at least you can have great satisfaction in doing the whole job yourself. You have a right to be proud of it because it turned out great.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 04-22-2011 03:34 PM

Also love the glimpses of sapwood.. That contrast in walnut is amazing

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#5 posted 04-22-2011 03:46 PM

Thats great! i have often thought about doing something like this…I know a guy that owns a sawmill in Iowa that sells walnut for $2 a bf. Just wondering how much you had to pay a bf on the flooring? Did you come out on top over buying from a store? I bet that the final result is still better than store bought I would bet! Great job!!

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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#6 posted 04-22-2011 05:51 PM

That’s gorgeous – I’d never let anyone walk on it – lol. Walnut is so beautiful, and I agree with Dan, the bits of sapwood really add to it. Your poly finish looks picture-perfect…

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#7 posted 04-22-2011 06:03 PM

I don’t feel the effort or the pain.

I just see the result.

And the result is beautiful !

This truly IS a classic “buy vs. build” decision. The folks with huge shapers and moulders …. can whip this stuff out all day long, faster than they can stack it.

So … I admire you. This was an ambitious undertaking on your part, and it just looks awesome !!!

-- -- Neil

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#8 posted 04-22-2011 06:45 PM

Fantastic! I’m jealous.

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#9 posted 04-22-2011 07:46 PM

Hello Zendel, I payed about $150 for about 500bf, s2s but it was only 3/4” thick and nasty dirty, almost like it had been in a flood. But moisture was at 9% so maybe it’s dirty from age, I borrowed a shaper and payed $160 for floor cutter set by Amana Tool, sandpaper and two gallons of I guess less than $300 invested…this is the fourth project out of the walnut so really it’s been payed for already…
Thank you NBeener and everyone.

-- Dmack

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#10 posted 04-23-2011 04:02 AM

I know how much work this was.I made flooring for my office and a room in my daughters house out of Doug Fir that had been my dads hay loft for 53 years.The end result is worth it.Your floor is beautiful and you should derive much satisfaction from the fact that YOU DID IT.You are a “hand”.

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

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#11 posted 04-23-2011 07:44 AM

Projects always look better when done the hard way. Even if it would be cheaper and easier, and even turn out looking the same as pre-milled materials, these types of projects are well worth the effort. Just like the dovetail conundrum, would you rather see a router made dovetail joint, or one cut by hand (even if it is not true)? I challenge anyone to answer with the former. Great work

-- Aaron Possom Town, TN

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#12 posted 04-26-2011 08:49 PM

Beautiful, natural walnut is. What type of sprayer?

-- RoBanJo

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