NOTE TO THOSE WHO WANT TO DO THIS…
Please don’t use regular grout like me. The wood shrinks slightly and is allowed to move because of the urethane adhesive remaining pliable. There’s tiny little cracks where the wood has separated on the outer tiles in the room. It’s not going to weather well, so I’m replacing the grout in the near future. Thank goodness endgrain floors are cheap material cost. :-) Everything else I did was fine, but the grout was an experiment that proved bad. I’ll leave this project here so you can see it, but be warned – I have now decided to try other grout mixes using flexible wood filler or epoxy/resin/sawdust mixes.
Okay I’m slow today. After felling that Olive tree (see my projects for detail), lifting all of the subfloor panels and fir beams by my lonesome and working my day job to boot… I’m beat. I’m more sore than I have been in a long time, and I just don’t feel like doing much. I’ve been on and off tackling the floor but I keep getting side tracked.
I finished laying all of the full size tiles. I started cutting up all of the custom pieces that go at the end of each row. I’m calling it a night because I’m exhausted, and I’ll tackle the little stuff tomorrow after a good nights rest. Better than trying to speed my way through it and screwing things up. While the mastic was drying I tryed out a bunch of different stains and finally ended up with a color I like. This isn’t a very good respresentation of the final product because there will be a gloss finish on it, but just pretend. The piece of oak is a completely different stain that I’m trying to match to the floor. I’m close but not quite. I want to use oak for the doorways and they will lay on the long-grain. Since the douglas fir on the end grain soaks up stain like a paper towel, it gets dark very fast and what might look like a very light brown becomes almost black when you stain it, leaving a zebra-like stripe. If you use a fairly light stain it comes out okay. If you use a dark stain… eeeeek. So I have to find a matching stain that looks like it was meant to be the same.
(My words aren’t coming out like I want them to. I’m tired. I hope this is all making sense, because I’m not going to proofread before I post this.)
Well… here’s some more pictures. I can’t wait to finish this project and compile the video I’m making for you guys. I’m doing a step by step process to show you how I do it on video. I think that will give a better idea. We’ll see.
See you tomorrow!
-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ, www.thomasporter.com