Trudy K
Trudy K
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  • Odem, TX
Asked on Jan 23, 2013

Design insertion into wood floor

Mic326507KMS WoodworksTrudy K
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So I would like a 10 x 10 square on each end of our soon-to-be wood floor, centered,
with our last name initial. I thought somehow I could go to a place where they do grave markers and get them to do a pretty one and have it inserted into our wood floor. My husband says probably would not work. If it "could" work - would I lay the hardwood first then cut a section to fit the new insert or would I have it laid where I want it then make the wood floor fit around it? Thanks for any help out there :)
7 answers
  • Jeanette S
    on Jan 23, 2013

    Don't you think that would be a bit too personal? Why would the Jones want to buy a house with the name Smith in the flooring". Are you thinking of 10 ft square or 10 inches square? Why don't you take a plank of your flooring, take it to a woodworking place and have them make plaques of the names of your hubby, you and the children and hang them in the family room. Then as the children grow up and move away, they can take their "home plaque" with them to always have a little piece of "HOME" with them no matter where they go?

  • You can however construct a wooden plaque that can be set into the floor that could be removed and replaced later with a generic type. But I would steer clear of doing something that may not fit the floor requiring a custom opening. I would suggest you get the thickness of the new finished floor before you move ahead with a insert. You will need to get something that is around 3/4 inch thick that will make the top surface even with the new floor once placed down. The flooring person can do a picture frame around a square opening to allow you to set your stone into place and or remove it when you move. Then simply place another generic plaque down where your initial one was. I would look at granite or marble for this. You can rent a sand blaster and using a template design your own and sand blast your letter into it. Its not hard and may be fun doing it. Do not try to use cement. Not nearly strong enough for the thickness. Using a granite or marble stone can be polished around the edges so it blends with the new floor level. And a 3/4" stone is pretty standard thickness to purchase. Just do not glue it down. Stone is heavy and will not move. Have the flooring person do the floor first. This way you have the exact size you want. But get samples of the stone so you know exactly how high it will rise off of the sub floor before the new floor is placed down and give to flooring person so they know how high the final finish needs to be.

  • Trudy K
    on Jan 23, 2013

    Thank you so much. I just like different things :) I'm pretty sure that we will be living in this home until we no longer can. It's perfect. Small, ranch style and we are making sure that it fits our needs as we age and may need a walker or wheelchair. I'll start looking into the different stones out there.

  • Jeanette S
    on Jan 24, 2013

    Not meaning to be a nag, but keep in mind that old saying, "Life is what happens while you are busy making plans." What you plan for now will drasticlly change over the years...you can count on that, so be careful about being too personal with your home...such as adding a signature in the flooring!

  • Trudy K
    on Jan 24, 2013

    Jeanette, you make me smile :) My life has been so drastically changed in the last year it's incredible, some good others - well definite change. I guess you could say I'm wanting to leave my mark in life. :) Thanks for the support.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jan 24, 2013

    The trick for setting tile with wood is to know the heights of both products before hand. When I installed the hardwood in my living room I did a custom tile border, and hearth. Here the wood and finished tile are the same height. Tile first then wood is the easier was to go, as it is easier to cut wood to fit around a tile.

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  • Mic326507
    on Apr 12, 2014

    Trudy, I have a bench tree surround new in the box for $50.00 if interested mickhold@centurylink.net

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