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 Post subject: My first hardwood floor project
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:37 am 
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Thought I'd share my first hardwood floor project. It took me a long time to complete but I'm pleased with the way it turned out. I learned a lot just by reading material on this forum and by asking specific questions that were answered by several of you.

I'd like to thank Jay (Exquisite Flooring), Gary (Most Valuable Contributor), and my son Nick. Credit for the design goes to Jay, as he originally posted it on this forum, and was willing to answer detailed questions on how he completed his project. My wife fell in love with it as soon as she saw Jay's pictures and I only changed it slightly. Thanks to Gary for his continued high value advice, and to my son who turned me on to this forum and helped me along the way.

If you're interested in seeing how I tackled the job, I decided to take pictures as it progressed and document the project on my Picasa page. Click on the website below, then click on the picture of the floor. Click on the first picture on the upper left corner, then you can navigate with the arrows at the top. I wrote captions at the bottom describing each photo.

I hope you find it interesting. Here’s the website:

http://picasaweb.google.com/tccmn01?feat=email

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Most Exceptional!! Hoo Woo! You are a quick study. That close up of the radius shows an extreme attention to detail.

Congratulations enjoy you new floor. :D

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That's it ........... I quit :lol: Very nice job.


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Very impressive! I see you had the guts to make it easier on yourself and use the router on the bloodwood. That still acares me lol.
If you ever visit IL abd need some work....

Looks amazing!

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Very nice .. Good luck with it ..


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Now, wasn't that fun! Time consuming, yes. Challenging, yes. But ever so rewarding. Using the router to make the radius cuts makes ever so much more sense than trying to free hand it with a jig saw. So way to go in designing your trammel point jig. You've done a great job and it shows. Something I've considered throughout the years is having a 1/8" thick nice brass plaque made to recess into those special custom floors saying something like " Custom Floor By Gary" I know, I know, dumb idea, right?


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Thanks for the nice comments from all of you! I really enjoyed doing the project except for the periodic complaints from my knees (even with some good pads). Interesting that you mentioned a plaque. My wife's sister asked where I put my signature... :D


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They sell them in wood Gary , about a foot long .. i think they want around $30.00 for one .. or you can carve it in with a knife and give it that iner city school desk look .. :lol:


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Gary not a dumb idea at all, Ive often thought of using one of those wood burning engravers for signatuers on distressed/hand scraped floors.
Meatal ones would look nice in regular site finished floors :D

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Funny, I've had all those same thoughts about signature floors as well. :lol:

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Well heck...... I got some that say Custom Surfaces by Jerry ....... Since it's Christmas I'm going to send each of you 6 plates at no charge......... feel free to use em........ :lol:


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I wonder how difficult it will be to change your name Jerry, to my name, Gary, on those plates? :lol:


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