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    Plywood plank floor

    I'm doing a plywood plank floor in two rooms for a customer. The planks are 6" wide. The largest room, they want all dark walnut. The smaller, they want a mix and match from walnut, golden oak, honey, maybe some cherry. I wanted to keep the smell of the stain out of the house as much as possible. I also didn't want to have to install the planks and then stain it all and have to wait so long before you could at least walk on it in socks. So I threw together a drying rack so I can stink up their garage and not so much the house. I can dry 51 planks at a time.






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    Re: Plywood plank floor

    An acquaintance at church is talking about doing this. I'm interested in seeing how it turns out. Do you just rip cabinet grade plywood into strips and nail it down?

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    Re: Plywood plank floor

    Quote Originally Posted by allisnut View Post
    An acquaintance at church is talking about doing this. I'm interested in seeing how it turns out. Do you just rip cabinet grade plywood into strips and nail it down?

    This is the first i've ever seen or heard of this being done. I am intrigued, though I just can't see how it is cost effective, unless you are just going from something different?

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    Re: Plywood plank floor

    It sure is different for a lot of reasons, but the customer is always right? Right!

    http://www.picklee.com/2012/12/12/fa...m-plywood-diy/

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    Re: Plywood plank floor

    I guess the biggest concern I would have would be the thickness of the veneer on the plywood.

    Very limited thickness to permit refinishing when it comes time.

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    Re: Plywood plank floor

    For this one, I'm using AC plywood because I got it at BC price. This is the third one I've done. The first (I don't have any pics) was a stained job. The second (done a few months ago) was a painted job (pic below -- customer jumped the gun on me and had the furniture moved in before I could take pics of just the room).



    This one, as already stated is a stain job. The painted job was a lot more forgiving and I just nailed it down with brad's. The stained versions I glue and brad but brad sparingly as you don't have the luxury of cover-up as you do with paint. I use PL Premium for the adhesive and only spotted here, a line there. It's not a vinyl floor so full adhesive coverage isn't necessary. It's 1/2" plywood.

    It works great. Make the planks any deminsions you desire. Mix and match widths if you choose. Pick your color, any color. Totally customizable to your taste. Want knots? Get knots. Don't want knots? Don't get knots.

    Not a whole lot of carpenters around here have done it so they have a tendency to shy away from it. And for whatever reason, my phone rings.
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    Re: Plywood plank floor

    Are you topcoating these with something like poly or stain only?

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    Re: Plywood plank floor

    Like 4 coats of water based poly. I prefer Bona but the customer already bought Minwax for this project so I'll just use that.
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    Re: Plywood plank floor

    That looks great! Definitely will be following this.. I can see a fewplaces I'd like to do this in my home. What do you use to rip the pieces to width? Table saw? Track saw?

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    Re: Plywood plank floor

    Quote Originally Posted by mbromley View Post
    What do you use to rip the pieces to width? Table saw? Track saw?
    The first floor of this nature I did, I used a track saw. Having to move it for every cut and keep consistent widths was a hassle. I use a Kreg Rip Cut jig now. The widths are consistent and you can blow through a sheet fairly quickly. Moving the clamps around (that hold the sheet to a table or saw horses) is the only thing that slows you down.
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    Re: Plywood plank floor

    From what I've seen of plywood from the BORG and others, I'd be real hesitant to put that down on a floor for my use. I've got more voids than wood lately. Given the state of the ply and the fact I'd use it in a rustic situation with heavy rustic furniture, I'd wonder if it would hold up over time. Maybe it does better than I'd think? Looks good in pictures though.
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    Re: Plywood plank floor

    I think the BORGS buy for the best price, therefore the wood processors that offer the lower quality products have the lower price. I've gotten better quality wood at 84 Lumber, and the price is comparable to the BORGS. I can drive to the stacks and load directly from there. They also give a 10% Veterans discount. Just saying.
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    Re: Plywood plank floor

    Quote Originally Posted by sawman101 View Post
    I think the BORGS buy for the best price, therefore the wood processors that offer the lower quality products have the lower price. I've gotten better quality wood at 84 Lumber, and the price is comparable to the BORGS. I can drive to the stacks and load directly from there.
    Exactly. I get a discount as a contractor and knowing all "the guys" at the two local lumber yards/builder supply places I frequent. If I have to...... absolutely have to.....pick up something like 2x's from a BORG, I have to sift through 42 boards to get 7 that is useable. At the local yards it's pay, pull up to stack, load and get to work.
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