|Forum topic by TRON||posted 04-18-2014 10:06 AM||1116 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
04-18-2014 10:06 AM
Hey guys just joined up, been lurking and reading for a while.
I’m just getting my shop up and running. I’ve been a car guy all my life but recently stared acquiring woodworking tools and this will be my first real project.
whats in my shop:
So my project with the tools I have listed is to take some 4/4 Cedar and make some flooring for our closets. The planks I have are rough sawn and approximately 1 1/8 inch thick and varying widths, the widest being 10 inches, the narrowest 6 inches. The closets I am making flooring for are 68 inches by 25 inches. I have built this plan based on the profile discussed here
I originally was going to make 3/4 inch planks, but the boss said she wants 1/2 now. I think I can do this, here is my plan, open for critique and advice please!
1. Cut all planks to 30” 1/2” long
its at this point where I really need some advice on how to proceed.
I want to make .150” t&G, offset .200” from the top surface. I plan to leave .008”(.004” top and bottom) clearance inside the groove, as well as cutting the grove to .180” deep. I also plan to leave to lower joining face under the tongue .030” inset from the top face to ensure the top face is always joined tightly.
Does this seem like reasonable dimensions?
I plan to do this by following the steps below, using the wood from the above steps.
7. Placing the “top” side of my flooring again the fence. Raising the blade to .180” and cutting the top face of the groove .196 from the fence/top of the flooring. I will run all the boards thorough on this cut.
9. Install sacrificial fence
I need to devise a plan for the anti cupping grooves in the bottom of the flooring. Open to suggestions! I have thought of just cutting them with the dado blade or just my regular blade, or even making a cove cutting fence and cutting a shallow/wide cove. I would be afraid that the square cut dado would invite splitting in the cedar.
I plan to attach this flooring using 16 gauge finish nails, every 6 inches, nailed at a 45 degree angle in the groove at the top of the tongue and face joint(I could add a small cut here with the router, but I don’t feel it is needed). Plan to pre drill and sink the nails using a nail set. I also plan on leaving a 3/8” inch gap between the flooring and the walls.
Any and all comments welcome!