In an earlier thread, I talked about getting ready to put down a mesquite floor and whether or not to put down an underlayment. (I've decided to put down a layer of 1/4" ply just in case anything ever needs to be taken up). I'm now jumping a little ahead and looking forward to the finishing. My original plan was to hire the sanding/finishing out. I've called a few area folks and I've gotten prices between $1.25-$2/sq ft to sand and finish. I've got about 565 sq. ft. of floor, which makes the midpoint cost about $1000, which doesn't really shock me. I've also got some cherry doors to put a finish on, and while looking at the Waterlox web site, I ran across their PDF on finishing floors with Waterlox. Now, everyone I've talked to wants to finish the floors with poly. Of course, Waterlox has a number of reasons why their product is better than poly. I have been reticent to finish the floor myself for a number of reasons...a) I've never done it before, b) I've never used a floor sander, and c) I've never finished anything (successfully) with poly. I've read some people who have said that using the floor sander was not that hard, especially the random-orbit variety. I've also used Waterlox on furniture projects with excellent results.
Sooooooo....does anyone have thoughts on the wisdom of a novice floor finisher tackling this project on his own? Any thoughts on using Waterlox on a hardwood floor?