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 HoursCost: $468Difficulty: 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.
  • 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.
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Here is a close up of the finished surface.
  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Feb 12, 2016

    This is amazing!! Those tiles are so unique. I love the whole look of this. You are crazy talented. Also, I live in Brooklyn and work in the city- hi neighbor! :)

      • I can tell you he probably didn't use any adhesive at all. Floating floors don't have glue. They are held in by the baseboards around the bottom. However, this has so much resin that I think the resin works as the glue. If it were me, I would put down the foam underlayment (blanket) under the wood blocks to act as a cushion, insulation and to make it easy if you ever want to remove the floor later on. Technically, you could do something like this by add a mirrored decor (Fleur De-lis), some scroll work around the edges, rosettes and the like and fill in with blocks like this and have a one of a kind floor. Just make a single one and cut it into slices 1/2" thich

        k. Anyone with a table saw and jigsaw can do these things. Then it looks like inlaid parquet.

      • Deltamom
        Deltamom Arlington, TX
        on Feb 12, 2016

        All I can say is "WOW" !!! With this post, I think you will create a new trend. Altho this wood tiles have been done before, I think you just launched it mainstream !!!