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Forum topic by ChipByrd posted 08-15-2013 01:43 PM 937 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-15-2013 01:43 PM


My wife and I want to put down some hardwood flooring.  The section is only about 190 sq ft.  I am thinking about milling the boards and cutting the tongue and groove on my router table.  If it was much more (size wise), I wouldn’t consider it.

We would like to do some things with various species of wood that would be cost prohibitive if we hire someone

I am a hobbiest woodworker and not a pro, but believe I have the skills and tools necessary.  Have any of you gents done this.  Would you advise for or against?  Any advice if I move forward?

Thanks for the help,

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#1 posted 08-15-2013 01:49 PM

We did it to my brothers entire house and it turned out wonderful.
Have fun with it, give it a good sanding and a good finish, you wont be disappointed.

Go for it, post a pic when your done.

-- Just a man and his opinion.

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#2 posted 08-15-2013 03:55 PM

I think they make a special T & G bit set for flooring that gives a slight bevel to ensure a tight fit.

If you can eliminate field joints, you would save a lot of work and avoid several issues, unless you’re going for that look. Make sure you acclimate it inside for a day or two and allow room for expansion under the base.

I’d check to see what is available and the price… you might be surprised. I have premade, old growth, quilted, white oak flooring in my dining room that was salvaged from a lake. Brazilian cherry looks pretty cool too.

If I had a bunch of left over walnut, cherry, curly maple, or something cool laying around and wanted to do a pattern with multiple woods and was in no hurry, then it makes sense to use it, if you want.

What kind of wood are you thinking about?

But, if it’s just a straight laid typical floor and I had to buy new wood…...premade flooring will be cheaper, no waist, no piles of dust, no imperfections in the T & G alignment, no dull blades and router bits.

It would be fun though…..I’ll give you that.

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