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Forum topic by agallant posted 08-10-2011 05:28 PM 3033 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-10-2011 05:28 PM

I ran across some free bamoo lamanate flooring snd was thnkng of installng it in the shop. I currently have a VCT floor but i paid a local guy to install it and he did a bad job. Any thoughts about lamanate in the shop? Also please forgive the poor spelling i am on vcstion andam using my tablet.

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#1 posted 08-11-2011 12:34 AM

I have laminate flooring in my shop where I have work benches and assembly tables. No rolling carts or machinery are allowed in this area. It is MUCH nicer on the feet then concrete all day long.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#2 posted 08-11-2011 12:55 PM

I suppose it would be fine but like the previous post it would need some care to continue to look nice. It scratches easily. Because of that we took the laminate we had in our house and replaced – hard to keep clean and it definitely showed wear. But, free is always nice.

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#3 posted 08-11-2011 01:01 PM

My biggest concern would be slipping when sawdust gets on that shiny surface. But it sure would look a lot nicer than my concrete garage floor.

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#4 posted 09-22-2011 10:12 PM

I am putting laminate down in my basement shop now. I do not expect it to last (looks wise) so I bought cheap stuff. In an old shop I lined the floor with 1/4 mdf and it lasted. Same thing really but laminate has a nice layer on top. The previous owner had new carpet installed and I tried to wear that out first. Carpet is comfy but what a pain in a workshop.

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#5 posted 09-23-2011 05:46 AM

My shop is located under my barn. It used to be dirt with half of my space as crawl space. I dug it out to a full 24 X 24 space, with fieldstone walls. Problem is that being in NH, ledge is just under the dirt surface and moister is abundant on top of that ledge. Also, I have arthritis and cement was not an option. I had to have a wood floor.

My choice was unfinished 3/4 plywood and I kept it unfinished because of the moister in the air and under the floor. The unfinished ply has allowed my floor to breath and the shop is relatively moister free as long as I keep a fan on during the high humidity periods here in NE.

My chisels led me to this solution. While most of my tools were building rust, my chisels were always rust free. I had made a chisel box and the wood was and is unfinished on the inside of the box. It occurred to me that the bare wood was absorbing the air moister.

I have no scientific or technical proof, just satisfaction with my workshop floor. I’ve managed to have a few oil stained places, but with all the sawdust I produce, when I do have a spill, i absorb most of it with saw dust.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#6 posted 09-27-2011 05:08 AM

I finished install in my shop. Yup – its slippery all right. Just about took a whirls a few times from the laminate dust on the floor around the saw ….. Irony.

I couldnt empty the room so I did it in thirds and moved the stuff around. What a pain but I am glad the carpet is gone.

Cheap laminate cost $300 for the whole space. If I did it again though I’d get the thicker stuff.

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#7 posted 09-28-2011 06:10 PM

I gave up on it. I decided that I would rather have vynle instead. After much thought I came to he conclusion that it would get beet to hell and be dangerous with wet or covered with sawdust.

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