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Blood, sweat and tears

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Project by josh posted 162 days ago 1164 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I, with the help of my determined wife, have installed my first floor. It is solid oak. We got most of the wood from several sources off of Craigslist. Really the only down time we had in this 5-week project was either Rubio Monocoat drying time (which is currently taking place) or wood acclimation which takes days. Blood, sweat and tears? Yes, yes and yes. Yes, that’s why I aint been round here in the last month. It was about 400 sf. also. ! It looks beautiful, though. In the pics you can see the finished floor, me in the very process of finishing the floor, my wife enjoying a brew with hammer in hand, day 2 of installing the floor and somehow my incredibly precious dog, Kea (Kay-uh) crept into the scene here. Hmmmmmm. Either that or I am showing her off. Hmmmm, could be the latter.

Questions?

Comments?

Compliments?

No flooring was hurt in the construction of this floor. Ok, yes, yes it was hurt. Do you think getting 2 1/2 ” flooring nails sunk deep into you feels good?

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan





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#1 posted 162 days ago

gorgeous, the floor I mean. Really.

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#2 posted 162 days ago

YEAH, WHAT HE SAID.

-- 731 - Just because it doesn't kill you, doesn't mean it didn't try to...

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#3 posted 162 days ago

Beautiful looking floor. Is that T&G ‘d?

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#4 posted 162 days ago

You’ll love this floor Josh! Well done and on a budget!! Looks really good. Congratulations.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 162 days ago

You all have done a masterful job on this project. Great work.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 162 days ago

Wow! Beautiful results for your effort!!

-- Tommy

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#7 posted 162 days ago

Your right, with that hammer in hand she definitely looks determined. Oh yeah, what Oldsaxon said.

-- Greg, No. Cal.

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#8 posted 161 days ago

Great Lookin Floor

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#9 posted 161 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed Josh! Thanks For Sharing!

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#10 posted 161 days ago

Looks more like “blood, sweat, and beers,” but whatever gets the job done.

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#11 posted 161 days ago

SteveW, it indeed is tongue and groove. Thank you all for the kind words. Of course the deal isn’t over yet. Still gotsta move appliances back this weekend, install dish washer, toilet and pedestal sink. Oh, then there’s the miles of baseboards! And wifey decided to repaint the kitchen cabinets. And then somewheres down the line I am going to make a custom solid walnut counter top on the CNC at work to replace the laminate one currently taking up space in our new kitchen. Busy busy busy. School and work don’t make no easier either.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#12 posted 161 days ago

That floor turned out nicely and it will be a wonderful attribute to the house.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 161 days ago

Like the floor, love the dog.

-- Ron, Montana

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#14 posted 160 days ago

Gorgeous. What did you colour/polish/seal it with?

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#15 posted 151 days ago

Dr. Photo, we stained, well it wasn’t really a stain, it with some clear chemical. It was clear but when put into contact, it immediately darkens the oak. The sealer is Rubio Monocoat. Expensive stuff. Hard to find dealer in the USA. It has been popular in Europe for years. It is a linseed oil and then there was some sort of additive that you mixed it with. After you mix them, you have a 5 hour shelf life. It takes three weeks for the stuff to fully cure. Before that, you will see water marks if you get water droplets on the wood. Today was three weeks for one half of the floor and next weekend will be three for the other half. Sadly, there are many little smudgy water marks. Oh well, over all it looks fantab! Also, our fuzzy and beloved Golden Retriever keeps scratching up the finish with her claws. She doesn’t know; she’s just a pup.

You said colour. Hmmm. Canada? UK?

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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