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09-22-2009 04:12 PM

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Alright LJ’s I want your input on something I’ve been thinking of for a while now and that would be making a custom hardwood floor. Have any of you ever made your own flooring? If so give me some info on your ways or just some ideas on how to. Thanks

-- M.K.

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#1 posted 09-22-2009 04:15 PM

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#2 posted 09-22-2009 04:39 PM

The remodeling contractor in me says to buy it already manufactured.

If I had some trees and wanted to turn them into hardwood flooring, I would take the material to a mill shop and have them run it. I have laid floors and I know how many lineal feet you of strips it takes to do a room.

You would be milling the top flat, relief grooves in the bottom, the tongue, and the groove. Depending on how you mill the tongue, it might take two passes. Just to thickness the material it would take several passes in the planer.

You would be doing this for hundreds of pieces.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 09-23-2009 04:54 PM

We made the flooring for my store with oak from my door shop. If I hadn’t already had the Oak, I would totally agree with Todd—-Buy manufactured flooring. having a commercial shop made it easier, but not having the right equipment made it more difficult than I would like. It was ripped on a table saw wirh a power feed, then run on a big shaper, also with a power feed. The shaper cutter set is rather expensive—I would hate to run that much through a router table. We didn’t run the ends because it wasn’t practical on the shaper. Obviously it can be done, depending on your equipment—-the question is—Is it practical for you?

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#4 posted 08-09-2011 08:56 AM

Hardwood is one of the best flooring options for homes. They offer a number of advantages that allow you to maximize on your investments. There is even so little maintenance required with this type of flooring. Learn more about hardwood flooring here

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