By the way, I’m happy to be back. :-)
It’s true. I like my hardwood floors very shiny, with a glass-like surface.
So—the floors were all glued in through the whole house. They were, however, a wee bit uneven. There’s some slight variance in the planks – we’re talking less than 1/16”. Just enough to be OBVIOUS in such a tiny scale. So I got some sandpaper and used a little sanding block (which was a piece of purpleheart, haha, just what I had available) and also busted out my tiny plane. I love this little plane. It’s perfect for what I’m doing here. Between the plane, and the sanding, I got it “really really close” to being flat.
So I brought out the shellac. This is what the floor looks like now, after 8 coats of shellac. I expect to do 15-20.
The whole main floor. As soon as I finish the shellac here, I will do the trim and then add the beam supports. I want to be able to fit my hands around the room for the trim, though, so one thing at a time.
You can kind of see that the bathroom on the right also has floor. So does the stair room on the left. I ultimately opted to not put hardwood in the centre room. The door swing was just too much. So, I am going to put a carpet in there I think. I need to find something that I like.
It is amazing what the shellac has done. Some of the different grains on this have just exploded, it’s beautiful. In particular a couple of the planks are padauk and just sing. The quartersawn oak looks awesome too. The edges of all the boards have gotten a little darker, but I like the effect.
Getting my hand around the stairs in that tiny room was a pain. :)