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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Irregular or Regular?

I cut some walnut strips for the floor in the living room this morning.  I did some 1/2" and some 1/4".

Tessie is standing on the irregular strips.  To her right is the regular stuff.  I decided that, since the kitchen is tiled that I would do the regular for the living room.  Maybe I will do irregular upstairs in the bedroom.
I took her by the scruff of the neck and moved her out of the room and started laying.

I don't remember where I learned this technique, but it is a lifesaver when it comes to floors.  When gluing strips of any kind, I don't smear the glue all over....That is what causes warping. I put dots of glue about a inch apart on the back.  That way the moisture isn't on the full strip.  Thus, no  chance to warp.  Thank you to whom ever showed me this trick.

I cut up two and a half pieces of 1/32" walnut.  I have had this for probably 20 years or so.  I just don't use anything that thin for making furniture most of the time.  I still have four more pieces.  Probably enough to finish the living room and do the bedroom too.

I do weight the pieces down until they are dry.... Tessie volunteered for the job.  Her extra weight is what is holding the floor together. 

I still have strips left, but I wanted to do this before I finished the floor.  Otherwise, I might not get it done before I have to leave for the Wednesday Witches mini meeting.

Back to the saw and glue.

See you tomorrow.


Elizabeth S said...

Hi Casey! Thanks for the tip on gluing down the floor boards. I had never heard of doing that before and will have to give it a test run when I get the next opportunity.


Giac said...

Hello Casey,
The floor looks great and I think the irregular pattern is very charming and could look great upstairs.
Big hug,

Caseymini said...

Giac, I plan to do a large area rug for the living room, so decided on a plain floor for the room. Thanks for reminding me! I need to get going on the rug.

Steinworks said...

Casey I learned some thing new today thank you for sharing that little tip.

Marisa :)