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Saturday, October 16, 2010

The floors done (again)

Changing my mind caused indeed a lot more work, but something I gladly did, because I like working with wood.  Next month it will even be better, because then I will have my own table saw.  But for now I can get a lot done with my scroll saw and the disk sander.  The latter has been one of my best buys. You can do a lot of precision work with a disk sander, that's what makes it such a great piece of equipment.  I have used it a lot today to sand all the diagonal parts of the timber floor boards.  If you measure correctly you don't even have to use the attachments to set the angles, which makes it even a lot quicker.

So, what have I done today?  It doesn't look like much, but it took me the best part of the day to glue all the floor boards on the ground floor in place and to cut and glue the floor boards for the first floor.  However, I did say it was fun and it looks great.  The floors look quite light, but I am going to think of a colour that shows the wood mellow with age. 

Did I tell you yesterday that I thought I was going to cheat?  Well, I haven't.  At least, not really.  If I couldn't think of a solution I was going to use balsa.  Now, that is what I call cheating...  :-)  Although, I have used balsa a lot in the past, even to make furniture. However, I discovered some bass wood of equal thickness as the other timber, so I used that.  I still consider it cheating a bit, because now I have used two different kinds of timber.  Not only that, but they don't look alike, nor do they even smell alike!  I got around the problem of the two colours by cutting the planks up here and there and exchange them with the different colours.  Worked a treat!  So, now I have a ground floor of lovely smelling camphor laurel mixed with bass wood.

The first floor is probably done in Tasmanian oak, but I am not too sure about it.  I should keep track, not only of what type of timber I use to make something, but also of the discarded parts, because although I am learning, I can not yet tell the differences most of the time.

Anyway, enough of my chattering.  Here are the pictures:

And now it's Saturday night, nothing worthwhile on tv, so I might get on with it.....

Bye for now



  1. Mooi vloertje Marion, leuk die verschillende kleuren!

  2. Beautiful floor! I love the mellow wood tones. I wish I were so handy with wood!

  3. Thank you Margriet and Carol. Carol, I have been doing this for over 10 years and come from a family who love to work with wood, so it sort of came natural to me and besides I have joined a woodcrafters group earlier in the year. That helps too! ;-)


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