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post #1 of 12 Old 02-08-2013, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Floor from rough boards

Hi all, stumbled across this place looking for info and figured it would be best to ask for some advice. Disclaimer: novice woodworker.

Me and my business partner are building some offices in a warehouse and the plan for the floor was going to be whatever laminate we found that was cheap. However, the property manager said he had some wood and we could use whatever we wanted. Took a look and they have thousands of rough cut (red oak I think) boards, about 1x4, that we are free to use. So naturally, we want to use them.

The question is, what is the best (and somewhat economical) course of action? The boards vary in thickness a little, so I'm thinking planing at minimum. My partner thinks it would be possible to just instal the boards, then use a floor sander to get them even, I have my doubts with that.

Hopefully the photo I have of some of the boards will post.


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Thickness planing would save time and money generally.
What substrate are you installing it on?
Will it be the finished floor?
It will also need to be width sized for floor planks.
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Assuming these are just blank 1x4 boards, you'd also want tongue and groove them which would require running all 4 edges through a shaper our router table. Definitely thickness plane them first. You could try to find a local mill to do this for you, depending on how much you need or if you don't have (or want to buy) the tools
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typically strip flooring is planned to exact thickness,then a tounge is machined on one long edge and one short edge or the end grain,then a groove is machined one long edge and one short edge,this keeps all the seems from lifting up from each other.it is then nailed to a wooden substrate thru the tounge.sanding is the final process for preping the floor for staining or what ever finish is being used.again what is the floor substrate concrete, wood ect?
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The boards will be going down on 3/4" OSB
We plan on using the money we would've spent on the floor (and maybe a little more) to buy any tools we don't have that are needed to complete the project.
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You may or may not save money on the flooring. It is going to cost considerable to plane and prepare the boards before they are laid. You then have to do a durable finish. This cost will be actual out of pocket expenses and labor.

Be sure to price out "whatever laminate we found that was cheap" before making a final decision.

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Find a woodworker who might trade it for some laminate flooring - ....

Alexis de Tocqueville was a very smart man.
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Does not look like red oak to me.
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mahogany or cherry?

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Does not look like red oak to me.
You can joint one face and square the ends and joint one edge and rip to equal widths. You can biscuit join, loose tenon, the ends or tongue and groove them. You can also plane to a common thicknes, but you may as well floor sand them all at once and get a "super even" result. Your skills with a floor sander may determine what process you use.
If you have to purchase tools go used or Grizzly. A 3HP table saw a 15", 3 HP planer and a minimum of 6" jointer. JMO
We don't know your sq footage is a ? and the amount of free wood is also an unknown.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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personally I'd try to sell the oak boards and use the proceeds to buy pre-finished hardwood flooring. It's a hassle to make it yourself if you don't have a power-fed shaper.
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I am not sure where you location is but if you are near South Carolina I would be able to help you get rid of these boards and save you from having to invest in expensive woodworking tools... just putting that out there
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Yeah Bill, it looks south american to me, possibly cherry.

Almost looks like a pallet of flooring blank off cuts....
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