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08-21-2013 01:58 AM

I need some suggestions for a wood floor in my new shop. My new shop will be a modular structure that has a 3/4” PT floor, structure is 24’W x 36’L. I would like to put a nice wood floor over the plywood. I have a WoodMaster 718 with the 3 sided molding attachment so I plan on using it to make the tongue and groove flooring.

Thoughts on wood species for the floor?


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#1 posted 08-21-2013 02:25 AM

Bubinga.

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#2 posted 08-21-2013 02:32 AM

Blue mahoe

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#3 posted 08-21-2013 03:02 AM

chris Schwarz put oak hardwood down and states that he loves it. I myself have a concrete floor in my typical garage shop. I was thinking of laying some CDX plywood down; just to protect my tools when I drop them.

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#4 posted 08-21-2013 03:12 AM

Rubber flooring. Smoothe. Google it.

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#5 posted 08-21-2013 11:26 AM

Thoughts on wood species for the floor?

There’s not a day goes by when I’m not thankful that I have (cheap) rugs on the floor.
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m forever dropping things.
In the previous place (solid floor) they’d break, or chip, or scratch – now they just get sawdusty.

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#6 posted 08-21-2013 11:45 AM

One of the main reasons I went with the modular woodshop that comes prebuilt is that it offered a wood floor. I have experienced the broken tools from the concrete floor several times.

Clint – Bubinga is a great idea but according to my calculations it would cost roughly $13,000 for a shop floor. Maybe a bit to much :)

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#7 posted 08-21-2013 02:45 PM

yellow…it only costs a little more to go first class. Nyuk nyuk

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#8 posted 08-21-2013 03:10 PM

Laminate “hardwood” would be on my list. Relatively inexpensive and durable. With foam underlayment, a floating laminate floor has some “bounce” to it. So things don’t tend to break when it hits it. Easier on your feet too.
Just a thought.
To add- I assume you use this shop for personal enjoyment, not commercial endeavor. Laminate is pretty resilient, but not THAT resilient.

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#9 posted 08-21-2013 04:46 PM

I put the interlocking rubber mats on my concrete shop floor. I have them where I’m most likely to be standing and/or working with stuff I might drop. The SIMPLE solution is…. don’t drop stuff.

If I had spent the time to make and install hardwood flooring, I’d feel terrible when I dragged stuff across it and marked it all up. People talk about wood being easier on the feet/knees/back, whatever. But with the mats, I simply haven’t noticed any issues. And for a point of reference, I’ve broken my back 3 times and shattered a leg from ankle to knee. (LOTS of screws and plates held it together for many years…. now just 4 screws). So I think if there was gonna be an issue I’d have found it by now :)

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#10 posted 08-21-2013 05:11 PM

Charlie
What brand would you recommend for the floor mats? The ones I have now are cheap and end up blowing across the shop when the doors are open.

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#11 posted 09-10-2013 07:00 AM

Hope it will be helpful for you,

Maple & Walnut

Oak

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#12 posted 09-10-2013 12:05 PM

laminate in a wood shop seems just wrong

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#13 posted 09-10-2013 12:55 PM

I really want ti use cherry or oak but this shop will only be heated when I am working in there. Since its not a conditioned space will this effect the wood?

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#14 posted 09-10-2013 12:58 PM

Yes

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#15 posted 09-10-2013 01:26 PM

yellowtruck75,
Yeah, in an unconditioned space, a wood floor will be moving all the time. Pin it down with a 500 pound table saw and you might see some buckling or gapping. My rubber mats are like 2ft x 2ft each with “puzzle” edges. They’re not expensive. I think I got 2 sets of 4 for $40. They come with a straight edge you can put on the “puzzle” edge, but I stopped bothering with those. I like that they’re easy to move around if I want. And I have basically settled in on a 4×4 square at the head end of the table saw, a 2×4 rectangle in front of my bench, and a 2×4 rectangle that I move around…. in front of band saw, drill press, easel, wherever I need it if I’m going to be standing for a while.

If you have deeper pockets, the interlocking tiles they sell for garages are awesome. But kinda pricey.

Mine don’t blow around. Might just be how and where I have them placed, but I have 3 doors and 2 windows that I open for maximum ventilation when it gets warm and the mats don’t move around at all.

You can also look for the mats they sell for horse stalls. They’re bigger, if you have the open space. But you generally don’t need to fill every open space. If I drop something I don’t want to drop on concrete (rare) it’s going to be where I’m working, not out in the middle of the floor.

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