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Forum topic by Eagle1 posted 05-07-2010 01:18 AM 981 views 1 time favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2010 01:18 AM

Just thinking about making my own hardwood flooring out of Oak. Anyone done it and how. Also how did it work out?

Thanks for the imput guys..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#1 posted 05-07-2010 04:37 AM

Made a bunch of flooring. Can be 3/4”, 5/8”, 1/2”. Usually 3/4”.

Back cut to allow for several things. Less friction, better gluing surface, more stable when laid on a rough substrate. Back cut as in concave grooves cut in the underside.

Any ole T & G bit you can buy anywhere will do. However, there are a few variations you may consider, mostly in the treatment of the top surface edges.

Mill it square for a completely flat and sealed surface. Or micro-bevel for a hint of the groove. Or more significant bevel if you really like the groovey thing and a place to store the crumbs from potato chips and such.

One tip that a moulding knife should already have designed in it that an off-the-shelf router bit won’t have. The lower tang of the groove should be slightly relieved. That way when you close the T & G, the top tang will butt the shoulder in the tongue before the lower (just in case there’s trash, sawdust, splinters or something on the substrate.) It insures a tight fitting joint.

If you had the inclination you could mill with the router, then, run it over the table saw face up and just slightly relieve that lower tang on the groove side.

Sorry, but I’ve forgotten the positions for the tongues and grooves. There is a standard for having the side tongue and end tongue (and grooves) in certain positions. But it wouldn’t really matter as long as you make them all the same for the lot you mill up.

Technically speaking you might plane it a hair over 3/4” since the floor should be sanded after being laid (bringing down to 3/4”....exactly… if that’s your thing.)

And of course, pre-finishing misses a full seal on the floor. Lay it, sand it, mop it with urethane or whatever.

-- arborial reconfiguration specialist

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