My flooring project started over a year ago when a pile of pine logs was dumped in my yard. Those logs were milled into planks, dried, and converted to tongue and groove flooring. You can see those stories here:
The wood flooring was milled into 3″, 4″, 5″ and 6″ widths, in random lengths. There were four different species of pine used. Part of the challenge in putting the flooring down was working to maintain a random pattern. The advice I was given was to not think about it too much. Just grab pieces and go. That technique worked out OK. I had quite a crew of helpers on hand, which made the work go fairly quickly.
Once the flooring was down it needed to be sanded. This was the part of putting the flooring down that scared me the most. I’ve heard so many stories about floors being messed up by a sander. But I found a really cool machine that has four 6″ random orbit discs on it. It was very easy to use, and I highly recommend this type of machine if you need to sand a floor. (Thanks, Trent, for manhandling the sander for me.)
I stained the floor with an off-the-shelf product, applying it with a mop designed for use when staining decks. I had to go back and wipe the excess off with a rag, just like on a woodworking project. I cranked up the heat on the furnace and left the building.
After allowing the stain to dry overnight, I rolled on a coat of Arboritec water-based floor finish. It really leveled out nice. I put on three coats, scuffing in between the second and third coats with a hand-held random orbit sander. Yes, I was back on my knees again to sand 1100 square feet of flooring, but it had to be done to knock the nibs down.
Everyone loves the results and it’s REALLY cool that it all started with a pile of logs in my own front yard.
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