|Forum topic by ListWhisperer||posted 12-05-2009 01:56 AM||2134 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
12-05-2009 01:56 AM
I’ve replied to a couple of posts here that were related to this. But because I know that many people don’t look at replies to older posts or ones that already have a lot of replies, I’m going to start this as a new topic.
I am going to make flooring (from scratch, as opposed to using already made engineered flooring) from some old growth, straight grained Douglas Fir boards that were taken from a barn that I had dismantled and moved over here from a former property. I will probably plane the boards down to whatever thickness makes sense, make them tongue and groove, and then install them on top of DriCore or similar subfloor panels (the whole house is on a slab). I’d like to hear peoples’ opinions about how to do this, what thickness the flooring boards should be, etc.
Since I will be making the flooring before installing it, I will have the luxury of putting finish on it before it gets installed on the floor. So I won’t have to deal with orbital or drum sanders, etc. on a floor that’s already been laid down, nor worry about what nasty fumes would be in the house.
I’d love to hear from anyone who’s done this sort of thing before, especially from people who know about the best ways to go regarding extremely tough, wear-resistant finishes, particularly the ones used by flooring manufacturers.
I loved Thuan’s post about how you can rub a dime’s edge on a Pergo floor, and the dime’s edge ridges will wear off. That’s the kind of wear resistance I want my floor’s finish to have! Since I can rig up whatever special environment is needed to apply whatever finish will be best, I’m looking to put a finish like that onto the boards before they get installed on the floor. I’d like to know more about the UV-cured finishes that I’ve been hearing about.