|Forum topic by Northern||posted 08-20-2012 07:30 PM||6702 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
08-20-2012 07:30 PM
My family has purchased just above 1000 sq. feet of rough sawn pine boards of varying lengths (10-16 ft) and widths (10-12” or so I’ve been told) to put down for our cottage floor.
The main debate is whether to butt it or tongue and groove it. My Dad and I re-tongued and grooved some reclaimed flooring, and that was a nightmare. Lucky, our professional carpenter friend gave us a hand.
Anyways, he isn’t available for this job. My Mom (the real boss) is a fan of rustic, and having looked at pictures, she understands the spacing between planks with butt floors, and is more interested in getting this stuff dressed and nailed down. I should mention, my Dad, is not healthy and is not able to really help in a physical way, and I don’t really have anyone I can use as an assistant. So the tongue and groove option to me seems very unattractive for the following reasons: our terrible experience last summer, lack of time (starting work and full-time university in a few weeks), lack of confidence in our equipment and operator (me) to maintain the precision required to tongue and groove without wasting a lot of material or having spaces equal to a butt joined floor.
Anyways, so what are the cons of the butt jointed floor? I understand there will be spaces, dirt will build up in them, it may look too rustic (cottage is built like a house, but the decor/finishing is more rustic), as well, what kind of nails can I use that look nice, but won’t pop? I’ve been reading cut nails will pop, so there goes that idea. Also, we aren’t a fan of plug floors.
Any advice or guidance are appreciated! Thank-you.