Here is how the kitchen stands right now. I have all the hardwood flooring
down and I am waiting for the plumber and electrician to do their work so I
can hang some cabinets. I and my wonderful helper spent the vast majority of
the weekend installing the flooring. The flooring is prefinished (golden
oak'ish in colour) 3.25" wide, 3/4" thick red oak. The flooring in the
hallway outside the kitchen runs in one direction and in the dining room the
other way (at right angle to). So, since I couldn't decide which way to be
parallel to I decided to run the flooring at 45 degrees across the room.
This added much more work, but I love how it came out.
To start, I laid out some chalk lines starting just inside the two doorways
and wanted to floor away from that direction. I jointed two edges of a 2x4
and screwed it to my starting chalk line. Once I had reached the corner, I
removed the 2x4 and secured the tongue of the first strip with pre-drilled
and countersunk drywall trim screws. I then glued a 1/2"x1/4" hard maple
(had on hand) strip into the groove to be a tongue so I could start flooring
in the other direction. The first doorway was easy, just slap a board in the
tennoning jig on the Unisaw with a 1/4" dado cutter (my lovely assistant did
most of this) and lay it down. Once at the other doorway, the board had to
be a *perfect*
fit, no room for error, 5 cuts nibbling up to my final length
and angle for each board were common. I must say I have fallen in love with
my Hitachi C10FSH 10" SCMS w/laser onto which I was using a CMT 80 tooth -5º
radial arm saw blade. Each cut had to be a perfect finish cut, no room for
tearout. Cutting through the finished oak flooring at 45º with *zero*
splintering was a dream come true. I had the laser set to indicate waste, so
when nibbling off 0.25º of a degree the laser would show what was being
removed, made the job sooo much easier.
Starting out in the corner,
Securing the groove and adding a tongue to start flooring in the opposite
At the end of the first day,
My lovely assistant adding a groove to the end of a 44.5º cut for one
The finished floor,
Sorry for the low quality of the photo's, but I could not have hoped for the
floor to have turned out any better, I am very pleased, it turned out
Every neighbourhood has one, in mine, I'm him.
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