Monday, November 07, 2005

Our Finished Floor
















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I finally finished our living room floor on Saturday morning and none too soon as it's supposed rain or snow tomorrow.

I haven't added the baseboards yet because we needed to get the furniture in off the porch before the weather hits, but I can measure those, cut & finish them outside when the weather permits, and just move the furniture a bit to nail them in place.

The floors came out nice and Peggy is very happy with them so I think I made points there!

Blogger Dread Pirate Roberts asked a couple of questions about the floor so I'll answer those here.

1. The tiny spaces between a few of the boards will collect dust and crud but cleaning & waxing will eventually seal them over.

2. Because I used standard 1" x 12" pine planks from the local lumberyard I had to consider the possibility of the wood cupping or warping so I decided to both glue and nail the planks to the plywood sub-floor. I used a non-flammable, supposedly non-toxic adhesive, Taylor's 4071 meta-tec floor adhesive, and I nailed the planks, 3 nails across, every 2 feet. I also acclimated and further dried the planks by stacking them in the house for two months with spacers between each plank to allow for air circulation. The floor is nice & flat with no signs of cupping.

The pine floor is finished with OSMO Hardwax Oil, an environmentally safe product from Germany that is non-toxic & recommended for use on children's furniture as well. It is primarily made from two waxes, carnauba & candelilla, mixed with sunflower, soybean and thistle oils and a bit of highly distilled benzene-free solvent which evaporates upon drying.

The downside is that I messed my back up again doing all that bending & lifting so it's off to the chiropractor again tomorrow.

But it's a pretty floor and as environmentally friendly as I could make it on our budget and in this location.

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22 Comments:

Blogger madcapmum said...

BRAVO! It's beautiful, Jim!

3:53 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Beautiful - are you subcontracting?

4:00 PM  
Blogger Rexroth's Daughter said...

Jim-- The floor looks beautiful. You did a really great job! I hope it will have many happy dancing feet upon it.
Take care of your back. We often push ourselves too hard, and turn to heat and ice for relief. Be well.

6:01 PM  
Blogger roger said...

jim--thanks. for both the info on the cracks and on the finish. the floor is beautiful indeed.

now just park yourself on that couch and give your back a rest. really now. recuperate.

6:13 PM  
Blogger Norene said...

beautiful work. i can't wait to see it in person.

11:48 PM  
Blogger stella said...

it looks awesome! great job jim!

5:56 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

Beautiful. I'm sure it's a treat to see that instead of the old green carpet!

The upholstery on that couch behind the coffee table looks vaguely familiar. I think we have a glider rocker with the same stuff.

7:01 AM  
Blogger TurtleHeart said...

Absolutely beautiful! Gives the room such a homey feel, too.

11:21 AM  
Blogger mindy said...

Hi, new here, just wanted to chime in and mention how fantastic the floor looks! I'd love to do something like that at my place.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

I just verified visually here at home, and yes, our glider rocker does in fact match your sofa. Small world, isn't it? Kind of like our CD and book collections are probably remarkably similar. :)

6:14 PM  
Anonymous 3Ravens said...

The floor is beautiful!

10:04 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Lovely job Jim. I'm sure Peggy is thrilled. Take it easy now and get your back all healed up!

11:06 AM  
Blogger Stefani said...

Beautiful work! Take care of yourself.

12:51 PM  
Blogger lenĂ© said...

Congratulations, Jim. The floor is gorgeous! Hope the body parts snap back painlessly.

10:24 PM  
Blogger dragonfly183 said...

Oh JIm that looks amazing. I have to sohw this picture to bear. We have a neighbor who mills red cedar as a hobby and we have been considering covering out kitchen and dinning room floor with it for a long time. He is going to fall in love when he sees this

7:42 AM  
Blogger Wildside Musing said...

Good job! And sorry about your back -- mine is always giving out too. Hope you mend quickly!

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Cindy M. said...

I love wood floors, your finished project is lovely Jim. Hope the back is on the mend.. :)

6:41 PM  
Blogger Watchmania said...

That's a very fine floor indeed - perfect!

11:56 AM  
Blogger Ruthie and Russell said...

Stunning! :)

8:17 AM  
Anonymous dachnik said...

hi....i drop in from time to time...i havent said hello!
so..'hello!' :^)
i live in england.we live a lot like you(tho not up a mountain!)garden...wildlife..etc...
your floor is beautiful...now rest that back!
xx

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent job, Jim. It looks great!
~kiwi

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Kathie said...

Looks great, Can't wait to sit and listen to music by the fire in the new living room.

7:40 AM  

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