Brett Lipton
Brett Lipton
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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
i made an end grain wood floor from scratch and saved myself 4000, dining room ideas, diy, flooring, hardwood floors, woodworking projects
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.
i made an end grain wood floor from scratch and saved myself 4000, dining room ideas, diy, flooring, hardwood floors, woodworking projects
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.
i made an end grain wood floor from scratch and saved myself 4000, dining room ideas, diy, flooring, hardwood floors, woodworking projects
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.
i made an end grain wood floor from scratch and saved myself 4000
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
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
Along the way I decided to border the room to accent the edges.
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
After the tiles were set, I sealed them with a coat of polyurethane, lightly thinned with about 30% mineral spirits.
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
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
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
The finished product!
i made an end grain wood floor from scratch and saved myself 4000
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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3 of 57 questions
  • Krhinca
    on Sep 24, 2018

    Where do you obtain reclaimed wood?

  • Christine
    on Oct 14, 2018

    Confused about what you used the sawdust for? Was the mixture of sawdust and polyurethane what you used for "grout"?

    • Michael
      6 days ago

      Yes. By making that, he made a wood filler, a wood filler grout. You were correct.

  • Wendy Handley
    on Nov 1, 2018

    How did you arrive at the number of boards needed based on the square footage of room?

    • Michael
      6 days ago

      Let's say you're going to use 4 inch squares. Let's say the room is 250 square feet. How many times will 4 go into 250? This is how many squares you'll need. Let's say you're going to cut them 1/2 inch thick. How many many squares can you get out of say, a 6ft post? This is how many post you'll need. So, out of a 72 inch post, you should get 135 little tiles. 4X135=540sf.

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  • Betty Marble
    on Oct 28, 2018

    This is AMAZING!!! Truely a labor of love!! I love how it looks like a mix of colors. Great job!!!


    I love how how it looks like a mix of coot

  • Gala McCullick
    6 hours ago

    Just beautiful, love the look. There's nothing like wooden floors.

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