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Forum topic by bgirl posted 03-23-2010 12:18 AM 915 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2010 12:18 AM

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I am hoping you can help me with your expertise with wood. I am wanting to do something kind of different on a floor of a room I am redoing on the cheap. I want to make wood tiles 2’x2’. The tiles are placed quite close together and then you use caulking in between them. I would like the wood to have a grain of some sort, but not absolutely necessary. I am going to be using a stain (water based) that is very dark, almost black. At one point I was just thinking of using particleboard. But my son says it is very hard and tricky to cut and doesn’t take nails well. So now I have decided to switch to plywood. Now I don’t know what I need to use. I don’t know if I need maple, birch, or what? I don’t know if it needs to be sanded. So what “grade” would I need to use? Does it need to be sanded or not because I am staining and going to but many many coats of varnish? Do I need to condition the wood?

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#1 posted 03-23-2010 01:02 AM

Bgirl, I don’t know if this of any interest to you or not but here is a 5 part post on making an end grain floor that was posted by Thomas Porter. It looks like a challenge but it might give you some ideas.

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#2 posted 03-23-2010 01:14 AM

your floor is going to be super soft. have you considered solid poplar? that is about as cheap as I would go for a wood floor.

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