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This is a floor, what i did for my corridor.The wood is birch combined with bobinga.The marble is italian yellow travertin with a few silver glas smaltis ( smaltis= italian hand made mosaic ). The woodwork was about 50 hr and the mosaic about 350 hr, because i cut and hit the stones by hand. The size of the stones are about 8mm x 8mm (1/3 inch ) .The complete project is about 8 qm what is about 70 sqf. On the last picture you can see the raw marble bevore the cutting. First i cut all the wood to size and glued it to the concrete, then i covered the edges and the surface. The next step was to glue the stones and put the grout in it. After let it dry for a few days i sanded the woodpart and covered it with a floorfinish.

-- If anybody find spelling mistakes, can keep them!

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#1 posted 05-08-2011 03:26 PM

Wow! what an enormous project. I don’t know where to begin. Am I to understand that you individually cut those mosaics from that raw stone? Goodness gracious. It’s wonderful. I like the palisading design of the stones and the interesting flanking wood choice. Really nice.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 05-08-2011 03:28 PM

Very nicely done…a lot of time well spent if you ask me…

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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#3 posted 05-08-2011 03:40 PM

Yes, first i cut the stone in stipes with a diamond saw,then i hit with a special mosaic hammer every stone individually by hand. I needed about 150 pound of chopped stones.

-- If anybody find spelling mistakes, can keep them!

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#4 posted 05-08-2011 04:34 PM

Hi pastahill
Welcome to LJ’s
I feel the same as Al you did a great job

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#5 posted 05-08-2011 04:46 PM

The stonework and woodwork is beautiful, but that first picture has my old brain getting warped out of
shape trying to get the right viewing angle, or did you create a brain teaser on purpose, after spending
all that time making a masterpiece. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 05-08-2011 04:57 PM

oh, sorry. The corridor is a L-shape and i put 2 pictures to 1, because i used it previously for a printout and i was to lazy to separat them.

-- If anybody find spelling mistakes, can keep them!

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#7 posted 05-08-2011 05:50 PM

Dude! this is nuts! Great looking floor. You must love the work!

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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#8 posted 05-08-2011 07:25 PM

Wow! I stiil can’t get over you cut all that stone by hand. The floor looks great.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#9 posted 05-08-2011 08:05 PM

WOW! you are as crazy as I am. lol Excellent Craftsmanship!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 05-08-2011 10:34 PM

Now that a labor of love! Looks great .

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 05-08-2011 10:52 PM

The result is definately worth every minute you put in it!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#12 posted 05-09-2011 12:28 AM

I would pay very well for a floor like that. It’s absolutely stunning! I have never before seen a wood/stone floor and this sets the bar at maximum field elevation.

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#13 posted 05-09-2011 05:04 AM

Just shows what you can do when time and money are no object

-- I may not have a lot of good ideas, but some of them are just incredible.

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#14 posted 05-09-2011 09:18 AM

Did you apply anything on the mosaic besides grout (protection wise)? How practical it is? Is the grout getting dirty?

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#15 posted 05-09-2011 03:59 PM

A great looking job you did. I did’nt notice the shinny mosaic pieces arraigned in the patern until I came back and had a second look. Are you going to do another tile mosaic? You could get the kids involved next time they love doing these sort of things.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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