Full disclosure before I make this post. I do not know what I am doing in this process. I am doing research and learning as I go but I want to share my experience here in case it might help someone learn from me and any of the mistakes that I make.
What I am trying to accomplish is the creation of my very own wood floor. I plan on using my own trees from my own property. I am still in the process of choosing which species of wood. Choosing the wood will be one of the keys to making my own wood flooring planks. A lot of people say that oak would be my best choice but I am kind of looking for something a bit more exciting. Thinking maybe black walnut or something similar.
From what I have read, it takes some serious time to dry out the wood so I will probably find someone with a kiln to help along the process. The area that I am flooring is a small space of only 10’x5′ so I feel that my goal is within the realm of possibility. After the boards are cut out of the tree I plan on hand carving and scraping the boards with my chisels and other wood tools. I plan on carving out the tongue and grooves for the boards with a router. I know this might seem like a bit of overkill for such a small area but the location of the floor is a real center point of the room and I think it will be a great conversation starter to have our dining room table centered over top.
This process is probably going to take me a year to complete because of the learning curve but I think it will be fun. I have decided that I will give the installation a shot as well. I am going to hand nail the entire thing instead of using a stapler hooked up to a compressor.
The one portion of the project that I think I will subcontract out is the finishing. I have seen several wood floors that are absolute trash because the polyurethane finish was applied unevenly or incorrectly which caused it to look cloudy. Cloudy urethane is a travesty that covers the original beauty of the wood. I want the wood grain to bleed through loud and clear and I am willing to pay the professionals to have that done. The company I am looking at for the job is Wood Floor Refinishing Novi. I linked to their Facebook page because they have a lot of pictures of some of their previous work.
I really need to get this project off the ground pretty quickly if I want to get it started before the snow falls for the season. Hopefully I can make a trip up next weekend to pick out the tree. If I do, I will shoot some pictures and post them as an update to this post.
Do you have any experience with wood working? Comment below if you have any tips or suggestions.