marble, walnut and ash basket pattern floor

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It is a real mental puzzle, added to it, an octagon tower on the end of a square room. I started in the center and spiraled out. It took about 4 days, each other end is reversed by cutting a grove or adding a spline to the T+G flooring. I kept the little shaper there to run the grooves. The last of three board would get the groove where the marble went only in the middle. The marble is set on a plywood square planed to made the marble flush. All the wood was prefinished seconds from a local flooring plant, they sell 3/4 walnut for $2-3 per square foot and the defects are hard to find, some have reversed ends, a bubble in the finish or planer nick. Since I was cutting them shorter, it did not matter and there were many angle cuts to the walls.

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#1 posted 06-16-2011 05:39 PM

Very cool! i like this a lot!

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

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#2 posted 06-16-2011 08:51 PM

thats a Nice classical romanesque look and layout on this, really a well done job . What’s the subfloor ?

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#3 posted 06-16-2011 10:48 PM

Well done


-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#4 posted 06-16-2011 10:52 PM

Very impressive.
You should be pleased.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#5 posted 06-17-2011 12:10 AM

Fantastic. Thanks for sharing.
Have you ever done a floor like this before? I wonder if seasonal movement will be a problem.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#6 posted 06-17-2011 04:18 PM

I was worried about the marble, because wood will break stone if it wants to. The plywood square under each marble tile is just a hair bigger than the tile. The multidirectionness of the floor keeps it stable. I would not try this with hickory or maple, but the walnut is very stable and a little softer. Marble is brittle, so needs full supprt under it. I used advantech subfloor. but often I prefer the plywood type, once I dropped something from on high onto advantech and it punched right through and kept going like a cartoon. Not sure how much faith I hold in glue after 100 years. I know people say, so what I will be gone in a 100 years, but I will still be here in my work if it lasts.

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#7 posted 06-17-2011 04:50 PM

Wow, my head hurts just trying to wrap my brain around the layout! Good work.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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