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Forum topic by Scotty Stepp posted 09-12-2009 02:15 PM 1373 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Scotty Stepp

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09-12-2009 02:15 PM

I have some reclaimed Red Pin Oak from a barn and was thinking about installing some of it as flooring.

Have any of you ripped/plained/installed your own wood flooring? I would be installing it on a concrete floor so I’m guessing I would need some sort of moisture barrier. I’m just not sure if I would install a plywood base and then glue/tack my wood flooring on top of that or attempt to make tongue and groove pieces that mimic what you would find in a store?

Any thoughts are certainly welcome.

Many Thanks,

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#1 posted 09-12-2009 05:58 PM

You’ll need to invest in a shaper or a 2 1/4hp- 3 1/4hp router mounted in a table for milling all the tongue and groove edges on the flooring. I say this because a small router based router table will struggle to mill that much flooring.

You can’t lay solid flooring directly on concrete. You need to glue and nail 3/4 ply down first, then you can use a standard flooring stapler to nail the flooring down.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 09-12-2009 07:51 PM

We put down wide-plank cypress flooring in our home. These were simply 9” average, 3/4” thick boards purchased from a sawmill. I decided to forego tongue and groove. The edges were eased with a hand plane and some areas were hand-scraped for a rustic hewn look. A very small gap was left between each board (about the thickness of a dime or credit card), per advice I had read elsewhere to allow for expansion/contraction. This went over a wood sub-floor, so we didn’t have the concern about concrete and moisture. (Installed with 3 screws per 36”, with the screws countersunk and plugged w/ oak dowels)

That oak flooring should look incredible, and you’ll have a lot less concern with dings and scratches (I find that cypress is about as hard as southern yellow pine, so we get plenty of dents and things.)

Have you considered face-nailing with cut nails? What kind of character does the oak have? I’d like to see some pics. I bet it’ll turn out really nice!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#3 posted 09-13-2009 03:28 AM

Hey Scotty
First you put down 30lb felt and then you need to shoot in(with a ram set gun) wood sleepers about 12” on center and then nail the flooring to the sleepers,

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