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Endgrain Floors #1: New Project

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Blog entry by suebee posted 07-01-2008 06:24 AM 655 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My son is getting ready to start cutting the tiles for an endgrain floor in our kitchen. It is going to be a huge project but I was really interested in getting any feedback from any one who has any experience with this. I saw what Tom Porter did and it seems like we are on the right track we just havea few obstacles to get through like leveling out the floor once we tear the old out. Do anyone know if we have to put the the plyboard over the subfloor? I know we have to have a vapor layer but you cannot adhere to the vapor layer. I am thinking we have to put the subfloor, vapor layer and then maybe 1/8” plyboard and then we can lay the tiles but this will jack up the height of the floor.

-- sues



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suebee

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#1 posted 07-01-2008 06:26 AM

I was going to try to take some pictures of the project as we go along just like Tom. I thought someone out there would benefit from our success/failures. We just got the saw (12”compound miter) and the wood to get started on the cutting. I will let you know as we go along. Steve will probably start cutting this weekend.

-- sues

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#2 posted 07-01-2008 12:35 PM

What kind of wood are you going to use?

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 07-01-2008 04:27 PM

I have been using Laticrete products more and more. They have a variety of roll-on membranes, this means it is applied like paint. These are amazing products. The surface must be clean and dry for application. Once applied, these products can have the final layer of tile or other product applied directly to it. I have taken to using them for applications other than tile where a vapor barrier is needed.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#4 posted 07-02-2008 05:59 AM

We are using Douglas fir. It has a really nice color combo to it…We start cutting tomorrow…

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#5 posted 07-02-2008 06:00 AM

Thanks for the input on the Laticrete products. I am going to start researching right away…I just started learning about this last night night after I had posted here.

-- sues

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#6 posted 07-02-2008 07:10 AM

The Laticrete products are like Rhino lining when dry. They are incredibly effective, but the key is a clean surface.

These products are more likely to be found at a tile and flooring supply store. It would be considered a “pro” store but they should sell installation supplies to anybody.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#7 posted 07-03-2008 09:16 AM

Thanks Todd. We started cutting the tiles today. But we can tell they are still really damp. SOme of them are actually bowing just a little. Do you know how long we should let them sit to dry out completely? Do you know about any other types of Mastics that are used for laying wood tiles? I just want to check all of our options…

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#8 posted 07-12-2008 08:33 PM

Well we have almost 3000 tiles cut but we discovered we cut about 600 a shy to short so we are going to save them for another project. They were calling for thunderstorms this weekend so we had to bag up most of the tiles before I could get complete photos of all of the batches together. I am going to add photo of one of the batches today.

-- sues

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#9 posted 09-02-2008 02:41 AM

Been awhile since I have been able to post. We thought we would be much further ahead by now but seems like I have been working a lot of OT and my son has been doing just about everything. We ended up stripping the cabinets, tearing out the ceiling, mudding all of the walls and now we are painting before we tear`out the rest of the floor and start laying the tile. Even before that we have to pull out the appliances and do a quick mud and paint job behind them. The kitchen has been a mess for quite some time. Probably be another month until really get done. I didn’t get good shots of the tile drying out so I can’t post them. I am going to try for some pictures now. Also, Steve built a little table piece in the corner of the room. Did n’t have much choice on it. It covers up the piping that comes into the house. I will try to post them tonight.

-- sues

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#10 posted 09-02-2008 02:43 AM

We were able to order the Bruce equalizer so now we have everything we need for the floor except the finish.

-- sues

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#11 posted 01-15-2009 02:56 PM

Hey Sue
How did the floors turn out? I’m likely to jump into this project as well

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#12 posted 01-19-2009 09:52 PM

Hi Everyone,
I am sorry I haven’t been better about my postings. We have been so busy! We are finally laying the tiles after a lot of to do’s around the house. The ceiling took a lot longer then we expected. I am not sure we will keep it for obvious reasons (I have to get some of the tiles to lay flat!) The celing is the knotty pine we took off the wall and some new ones added so it has a bit of random checkerboard effect. We are removing the flourescent lights and putting in Amber & Black wrought iron lights. We almost have the floor completed as far as the inside part, then we will add the perimeter pieces by next weekend. We thought we would be ready for sanding by next weekend. Steve has been working on this floor every night for a long time. At one point we removed the subfloor and actually shaved off part of the top beam from the build up so we could get rid of a hump in the floor. That was a big improvement, but scary because we are not really experienced and had a carpenter help us who we really didn’t know. I am getting a little more excited to see it come along now. I have to fugure out how to post these pictures and I would love your input good and bad! Let me know what you think so far! Thank you!

-- sues

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#13 posted 01-19-2009 11:19 PM

okay I was able to post on my projects. tell me what you think!

-- sues

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