Rustic wood floor, part 1

by brae  

My scroll saw and I are getting acquainted quickly.  :D  I started cutting and placing the wood boards for the rustic floor.  I'm doing my best to make it a random plank floor by using the various lengths Mike cut for me and then piecing end boards to finish each row.

My scroll saw is clamped to the end of the dining room table (I just had an image of carving a Thanksgiving turkey with it...haaaa!).  The Artist's Studio, however, is set up in the breakfast nook in my kitchen.  That setup seemed like a lot of back and forth work.  I moved the Studio to the dining room, but the light isn't the best in that area.  So, I'm using my sewing lamp as a work light.  Not quite to scale, is it?

I decided to cut and place the entire floor without glue.  I'm positive Mike sent me plenty of wood, but I wanted to see it whole before installing it permanently.  Love it!

Toward the front, I interspersed the Dura-Craft wood I had at the start.  I've left the very front edge uncovered and will finish that row once the whole floor is glued in place.

12 comments

Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
It's a beautiful wood, Brae! I can't wait to see it varnished. What I do is that I just cut the round end of popsicle sticks and set them up on masking tape where I stain and varnish them. Then as I glue, I cut them in a staggered manner as I go along according to what size I need. I glue them on a piece of cardboard, not on the floor.
02/11/13 @ 22:30
Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]
Fabulous floor Brae! Love it!!
02/12/13 @ 05:55
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
That does look quite stellar. Love the color changes in the wood. Beautiful.
02/12/13 @ 07:44
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
Love it! It looks beautiful!
02/12/13 @ 08:25
Comment from: Jane s [Visitor]
The wood grain looks great, its going to be awesome &#59;)
02/12/13 @ 09:19
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
The various shades of wood make for a lovely floor.
02/12/13 @ 11:34
Comment from: Marisa [Visitor]
it looks really cool!
02/12/13 @ 12:22
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks so much, everyone! :D That's a great idea, Lucille! I think using a cardboard template is the way I'll go. :yes:
02/12/13 @ 19:49
Comment from: Pat [Visitor]
I love your projects!
02/13/13 @ 17:22
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
Hi Brae! I start by gluing the slats in the front so that there is not a space left in the front. It's easier to hide in the back with the wood work. I've only done two floors so far. After the first one, I decided to have the slats not horizontal to the front but vertical, hope I'm explaining this correctly. Opposite of what you have. It's nice both way. It's just a personal preference. The floors fit so tightly that I don't even think I'll need to glue them.
02/13/13 @ 19:04
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :D I understand exactly what you mean, Lucille. I would normally start in the front as well, but I still need to build the front window wall. That is the main reason I've left the gap in front. I will have to do some adjusting there no matter what, so I figured for this build it would be best to start in the back and leave the front until later. :yes:
02/13/13 @ 19:21
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
Okay. I was not aware of that.
02/14/13 @ 21:21


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