Kitchen floor now in (w/pics)

Evening All,
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 -5 radial arm saw blade. Each cut had to be a perfect finish cut, no room for tearout. Cutting through the finished oak flooring at 45 with *zero* splintering was a dream come true. I had the laser set to indicate waste, so when nibbling off 0.25 of a degree the laser would show what was being removed, made the job sooo much easier.
Starting out in the corner,
http://www.federatedtool.com/david/img/startinghardwood.jpg
Securing the groove and adding a tongue to start flooring in the opposite direction,
http://www.federatedtool.com/david/img/turningaround.jpg
At the end of the first day,
http://www.federatedtool.com/david/img/firstday.jpg
My lovely assistant adding a groove to the end of a 44.5 cut for one doorway piece,
http://www.federatedtool.com/david/img/grooving.jpg
The finished floor,
http://www.federatedtool.com/david/img/done1.jpg
http://www.federatedtool.com/david/img/done2.jpg
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 perfectly.
Thanks,
David.
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NICE! I suggest you get a few coats of varnish on it soon, especially by the sink and in front of the fridge. That will make it much easier to maintain. Wilson

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Hello there,

It is prefinished, so I won't be adding any additional finish on top of the factory finish.
Thanks,
David.
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Nice work there, David, and lovely assistant. I hadn't considered the diagonal layout before, but it works well for your application, and may work quite well for the project my lovely partner has been contemplating for the last 4 or 5 years.
Regarding the prefinished flooring product you used:
    * This was a two day job. How large is the room? Would a 'squared up' install still have been two days?
    * Are you happy with the product you chose? Brand?
    * Having just completed this room, would you use this same product again?
    * Would you recommend this product to someone who is an intermediate level woodworker, with all the tools shown in your pictorial, but who has not previously installed a nail-down wood floor?
    * Did you consider a floating installation?
    * Would you care to offer a cost per square foot estimate for materials?
Any one else besides David with an experienced opinion to share?
Thanks in advance!
Patriarch, who thinks it's a shame that the lovely coordinated wall color is going away...;-)
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On Thu, 10 Jun 2004 01:19:16 GMT, "David F. Eisan"

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You are a brave man. I would not let a plumber OR electrician near a brand new floor; much less the two of them .<G> t does look good though.
Alan Bierbaum
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