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Forum topic by Withers posted 12-11-2013 12:02 AM 982 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2013 12:02 AM

I salvaged an old wooden floor from a house i was remodeling. i have three thrash bag full of this stuff, the problem is that 1.i need to remove the floor adhesives and old stain and scrathes to make it usable

2. they are very small pieces. i didnt put a reference in the picture but they are roughly 1”x 4” x 1/4”

i was using my belt sander to get the adhesive and stain off but couldnt really figure out a way to get it perfectly flat on the faces or edges. which is imperative for how im going to be repurposing them. which is gluing a bunch of them together to make a larger board for cabinet faces and other facades. i tried doing this after cleaning them up on the belt sander but there where gaps EVERYWHERE!

i want to reuse all this wood since ive got it. Anyone have any ideas?

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#1 posted 12-11-2013 05:32 AM

Plane them (if there are no broken nails left inside)

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#2 posted 12-11-2013 05:40 AM

I don’t have a lot of experience but a small bench top jointer may do the trick? Like Deon said ^^ no nails is important. They might be too short for a jointer is the only thing, if not may be a good way to do it efficiently. Anyone with more experience feel free to chirp in and say it’s a bad idea.

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#3 posted 12-11-2013 08:33 AM

if the floor was put in the earlier than the late seventies there is a good chance that the adhesive contains asbestos. take care.

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#4 posted 12-11-2013 09:32 AM

If your disc sander is large enough, you can just make a jig that pushes it flat against the sander, with 60 to 100 grit, you should be able to crank them out pretty quickly.

That is assuming that the top side is flat, if that is not the case then a small bench top jointer seems the best option, because you need both sides perfectly flat.

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#5 posted 12-11-2013 05:41 PM

Looks like you’re trying to bring back material from a parquet floor. If so then you have a lot more patience than I can muster. I have such a floor and the plan is to have a big bonfire once it comes up and is replaced, and this is saying something because I’m an avid searcher for and user of reclaimed material. Too damn small and tedious in this case.

A combination of stationary belt sander and then hand planing is where I’d start if I had no choice in taking on this assignment.

Good luck, Withers. No shame in reporting back that you chucked the project and spent your time on something else.

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#6 posted 12-11-2013 06:40 PM

Carbide scraper with a long handle. Clamp a few together then scrape one side, flip over scrape other side. The faces will have to be done one at a time.

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#7 posted 12-13-2013 02:43 AM

I use my drum sander with some 24-50 grit paper.

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