Step By Step Tutorial To Make Your Own Cordwood Floor
If you’re a fan of the rustic look then you’re surely going to love this flooring idea.
When it comes to putting in a new floor, you have a ton of options. However, for every style of floor you can decide on, you’re going to have to spend the money to have it professionally installed. That is, unless you’re Sunny Pettis Lutz and her pal Tony, who created a cheap and unique floor for her home using locally sourced materials without spending a lot of money.
These floors are so beautiful, you will be very tempted to try this out after you read how easy it truly is to construct!
So this is our today’s featured DIY project is ‘How to Make Your Own Cordwood Floor’. Learn how to make it with below step by step tutorial.
Make a log path for your garden out of tree wood that would otherwise go to waste. The wooden floor seems to be like the best option to bring to your living room or any room a ton of character!
Cordwood Flooring Instructions by Sunny Pettis Lutz & Tony.
- If you don’t have wood you can access on your property, then go to your local Forest Service office or ranger station and buy a wood harvesting permit.
- Pack your pick-up tuck with gloves, chainsaw(s), ax, come along an other tools as necessary.
- Go out to the forest and harvest dead trees. In our area (Arizona) that means Juniper and Pine. Pine and Juniper can be taken while standing. We are using Shaggy Bark Juniper and Alligator Bark Juniper.
- Look for wood close to the road on the uphill side. No one wants to be dragging these logs from the down-slope side.
- Cut down the dead wood using tools from step 2.
- Attach Forest permit to wood and take it home.
- Sort what will be lumber and what is just good for firewood.
- Cut logs into manageable size.
- Run each piece through the chop saw set at 1″.
- Sort ‘disks’ for usable ones vs bad ones.
- Remove any loose bark either by hand using a chisel or scraper.
- Prepare floor surface by sweeping and mopping. We are gluing the slices directly onto our concrete slab.
- Sand both sides using a belt sander.
- Begin to layout disks on the floor. Try to get them as close as possible. Work in 2′ sections.
- Glue the layout you have chosen. We’re using Loctite PL Premium Construction Adhesive.
- Sand using a belt sander until everything is smooth and level.
- Use shop vac to cleanup all dust and debris.
- Apply a light coat of polyurethane to the surface of the disks. (this is to prevent the grout from adhering to the faces).
- Grout the spaces with a mix of 80% tile grout, 20% sawdust.
- Apply 2-3 coats of polyurethane to finish.
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