Monday, January 14, 2013

Wonky and wet work

Had some time to work on the shop floor today.

The floor going down are the 2 inch stock recycled from the barn I took down last February. The actual dimensions of the lumber is 2-ish inches by 10.5-ish inches, this makes for a pretty wonky floor.

I've pondered ripping the stock to all the width of 10.5 inches, but there really isn't much I can do about the thickness. Therefore, the floor stays as is.

I'll chamfer the edges of the thicker boards to get rid of the lip and stick some rope in the gappy bits between the boards.

Still, some of these boards are monsters, weighing about 60 pounds each (they are yellow pine), and I have to carry them about 100 feet.

I only got 4 courses done today, but I blame it on the stop and go rain that had me covering it and taking a break.


  1. Sounds like it'll be a pretty solid floor. I'm sure your soon get used to it being uneven and I bet it'll sand/plane up to a good finish.

  2. I've acually just built a jig so that I can rip everything to the same width, which will be 10 inches. For thickness issue, I'm going to start shimming them to even it out. It won't remove all of the unevenness, but it will stop me from having to chamfer the edges to ease the difference in thicknesses. I don't think I will ever bother sanding or planing everything flat, I'm just not that picky in the workshop. Thanks for your comment! (and I think I just gave you the next blog post prior to writing it.) ;)


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