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I Made an End Grain Wood Floor From Scratch and Saved Myself $4000!

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One day I had come across a flooring in an old church and became intrigued, I had never seen anything like it before. It was a wood floor, but as opposed to the side of the grain being exposed, it was the end of the grain. I decided that I needed to recreate this old world craftsmen appearance in my own home.
Full details of the entire project are here: http://goo.gl/pV51hA
Time: 20 Hours Cost: $468 Difficulty: Advanced
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  • i made an end grain wood floor from scratch and saved myself 4000, dining room ideas, diy, flooring, hardwood floors, woodworking projects
A few months ago I purchased a house that was carpeted from wall to wall with the most horrible carpeting. Before purchasing it I had done some snooping and after lifting several corners, realized that underneath the carpeting was hardwood flooring, throughout. So, I knew after purchasing the home it wouldn't be much of a task to rip up this eye sores, spend a few hours sanding and refinishing and I would be happy with the new look. below is what the dining room looked like on closing day.
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After ripping up the carpeting, this is what I found in the dining room... MDF. Not what I wanted to see. I had hopes that their might be some hardwood under it so my adventure continued.
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After ripping up the first MDF subfloor (and having started some painting), I stumbled across this, more of less of what I wanted to see, linoleum flooring.
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I went out and found twelve, 8 foot long 4 x 6 timbers of reclaimed yellow heart pine that I proceeded to cut into 1,800 4 x 6 tiles. I set up my Dewalt DW705 chop saw with a 1/2" stop to make the cuts quickly and consistently.
This process took about 5 hours.
When I was done I was left with a completely filled 32 gallon trash can of sawdust that I saved for later. I had plans for that too.
  • i made an end grain wood floor from scratch and saved myself 4000, dining room ideas, diy, flooring, hardwood floors, woodworking projects
Here are some of the piles and piles of tiles and more tiles
  • i made an end grain wood floor from scratch and saved myself 4000, dining room ideas, diy, flooring, hardwood floors, woodworking projects
Along the way I decided to border the room to accent the edges.
  • i made an end grain wood floor from scratch and saved myself 4000, dining room ideas, diy, flooring, hardwood floors, woodworking projects
After the tiles were set, I sealed them with a coat of polyurethane, lightly thinned with about 30% mineral spirits.
  • i made an end grain wood floor from scratch and saved myself 4000, dining room ideas, diy, flooring, hardwood floors, woodworking projects
After the tiles and border were set and sealed. I made a mixture of sawdust from my cuttings with polyurethane with a ratio of about 2 parts sawdust to 1 part polyurethane
  • i made an end grain wood floor from scratch and saved myself 4000, dining room ideas, diy, flooring, hardwood floors, woodworking projects
After letting the grout dry for 3 days, figuring that was enough for the 1/8" wide by 1/2" deep channels to fully dry, I went to work on sanding the floor smooth. I used an orbital sander which took 4 hours, I imagine it took much longer than a drum sander would have, but it saved me a step of needing to do the center of the floor and then follow up with an edger.
  • i made an end grain wood floor from scratch and saved myself 4000, dining room ideas, diy, flooring, hardwood floors, woodworking projects
The finished product!
  • i made an end grain wood floor from scratch and saved myself 4000, dining room ideas, diy, flooring, hardwood floors, woodworking projects
I am thrilled with the results and the warm feel or real wood is so much better than the cold feeling of an icy tile, or the disingenuous look of a laminate, which were my second and third, much simpler choices.
  • i made an end grain wood floor from scratch and saved myself 4000, dining room ideas, diy, flooring, hardwood floors, woodworking projects
Here is a close up of the finished surface.

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  • Aljosjer

    Just like everybody else I think the floor is beautiful. You could command BIG $$ with this kind of work. I don't know how old you are but you should teach this to someone much younger. It would be a shame for this talent to slip away with our

  • Doc
    Doc Jonesboro, AR

    This is stunning. I'm so impressed. This seems fairly easy, just time consuming. I have rooms I really need to do this in. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  • FL Hofrichter

    This is gorgeous!!!

  • Lucia Falkner

    Love this! The blue walls are perfect with the honey colored floor.

  • Jan Davis Shultz

    Your floor is beautiful and I have never seen one like it!

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