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End cut wood floor?

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Any others done end-cut or I think it's also called 'cobble block' wood floors?






(post #82535, reply #2 of 14)

Yes, exactly.

I did one about 10 years ago, but cut it myself.

Looks like a pretty available product now.

The second of the two appears to be grouted.



(post #82535, reply #3 of 14)

I've only seen one in the old Maritime museum in Vancouver. It was dry laid and made a really neat clicking sound when you walked on it. There were a few pieces missing in one corner (shrinkage? kids?) and you could see it was about 2" deep. Always wondered what they did if someone spilled a drink.

(post #82535, reply #5 of 14)

Yes, but pre-manufactured.

What did you make yours out of and how did you fasten it?

They can't get your Goat if you don't tell them where it is hidden.

Life is Good

(post #82535, reply #6 of 14)

I remodeled our first house when I was still a bicycle mechanic.

We tore out a bunch o' walls and vaulted the ceiling with a post and beam deal, removing the 2x6 ceiling joists which were pretty clear doug fir.

My father had seen this beautiful wood floor in an art museum way back when and kept marveling at it thru his visit, finally asking the attendant what it was--end cuts from 2x4's.

He suggested I do the floor by this method, with the celing joists we were removing.


First I ripped off the radiused sides of each board, then planed them flat to get sharp corners.

Before dad left back home to WI he bought me a gift--freud's ultimate cutoff blade.

I put it in my little hitachi miter saw with a stop at 1/4" thickness, bungeed the trigger on and sat there for days (literally) cutting pieces and putting them in boxes.

Then my wife (girlfriend then--it's a wonder she didn't see that we'd never have a completed house and bail right then!) and I sat around 'sanding chads.'  It was around the time of Bush/Gore and the FLA 'hanging chad' thing.  Each 'chad' needed a quick brush or two with some 120 to get the checks off from cutting.

I put a layer of 1/2" ply underlay over the whole subfloor, screwed down and then got a big pail of quality, flexible parquet mastic to set the 'chads' in.

I wanted to run them tight, but immediately discovered they would float out a bit in the mastic so I ripped 1/2" ply straight edges and screwed them to the floor along the baseline and ran the wood tiles in courses against the straightedges.  Then with another course of ply straightedges pried over tight to the new course with a big screwdriver, then screwed to the floor to hold them all in place. 

Course by course the floor was finished this way.

The finished floor needed almost no sanding and when I put the urethane on all that beautiful grain detail came out.  It was incredible!

The appearance and condition of the floor changed very little in the 4 or 5 years more we lived there.  Super durable.

Everybody that showed up at our place for the first time would look down at the floor and say, "What the?!"  "What kind of floor is that!?"

I've got some pics somewhere but they're not digital.



(post #82535, reply #7 of 14)

I started saving beam ends from jobs for just that purpose many years ago. Got started on the manufacture of the pieces and before I got to the point of building the home for them my life took a left turn and I ended up giving an entire floors worth of pieces, beam ends etc. to a neighbor for firewood.

I would score beams from the LY for free that they were tossing as too short or weathered to be sold. Bunch of 4-6 ft. pieces in a variety of sizes.

I think they are the prettiest of all the wood floors.

They can't get your Goat if you don't tell them where it is hidden.

Life is Good

(post #82535, reply #8 of 14)

and durable as all h*ll.

I was worried about expansion when I put the finish on, but it seemed that at 1/4" thickness the material became completely saturated and had nowhere really to 'go.'

A few spills, leaky potted plant or two seemed to have no swelling effect.


(post #82535, reply #10 of 14)

1/4 inch thick end cuts from old growth douglas fir 2x6s?

Brother waters, I'd give a left nut to see a pic of that.

What did you use for a finish?


Edited 5/22/2008 7:23 pm ET by rez


(post #82535, reply #11 of 14)

I'll find a way to scan the slides or photos I have.. I know I've got 'em.

Finished with Duraseal urethane.


(post #82535, reply #4 of 14)

Couple threads here years ago.

Lot of detail as I recall.

Joe H

(post #82535, reply #9 of 14)

I was over in Ireland a year ago, and as we entered Trinity college to go to the exhibits, I noticed this floor.  This is a large school and this is the main entrance, I think, so it sees plenty of traffic.  I didn't find anyone who could tell me anything about the floor, so I took this one shot. 


"I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul."  Invictus, by Henley.

"I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul."  Invictus, by Henley.

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(post #82535, reply #12 of 14)

That's really an interesting floor.  I know some are grouted with cork of some type...

I wonder what that's about... expansion?


(post #82535, reply #13 of 14)

luvditchburns was a flooring pro who favored the end grain floor.

search his name and see what pops up.



    Buck Construction

 Artistry In Carpentry

     Pittsburgh Pa

    Buck Construction

 Artistry In Carpentry

     Pittsburgh Pa

(post #82535, reply #14 of 14)

94969.10  has some end cut flooring.