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Cordwood Flooring by Sunny in sunny Arizona | Cordwood Construction


See this entire project and steps on how to do it at Cordwood ConstructionSunny Pettiz Lutz Cordwood floor 6

Prepare surface by sweeping and mopping clean. We are gluing 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.

Cordwood flooring by Sunny Pettis Lutz in Cornville, AZ 2 step by step instrucitons work on 2 foot section at a time

via Cordwood Flooring by Sunny in sunny Arizona | Cordwood Construction.

Dine Out Maine: Salvage BBQ in Portland lives up to many well-stoked expectations | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Photos by John Patriquin

The new Salvage BBQ in the old Portland Architectural Salvage Building shows off owner Jay Villani’s penchant for creating spaces that feel intimate regardless of size.

via Dine Out Maine: Salvage BBQ in Portland lives up to many well-stoked expectations | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Demolition Contractors Offer Tips on Salvaging Wood Floors » Greener Ideal

This is a really wonderful “How To” on reclaiming wood flooring. It is written by JD Elder of Elder Demolition in Portland, Oregon.

On occasion Elder Demolition would hire DeConstruction Services, which is where I got to know some of the Elder folks.  They are a great example of how demolition and deconstruction can partner to save resources.

It is also important to note that by crossing the divide between demolition and deconstruction, companies like Elder are important to the reuse industry.

Go read the entire article and learn a thing or two!

wood floor

Photo by Matt Baume

How to Pull Up Old Wood Floors for Salvaging

1. Use your pry bar to remove baseboards. These may also be reused if you are careful and don’t damage them during removal.

Pry up a board with an exposed tongue. Near a nail, slide the pry bar underneath the board and elevate about ¼ inch. Then move to the next nail and do the same thing. Note: Patience is critical in this process. If you lift too much at once, you risk splitting the board or harming the tongue. For especially stubborn nails, try rocking the pry bar back and forth to loosen. If this doesn’t work you may need to use a reciprocal saw to slice the nail.

Go back to where you started and repeat the above process. Do this until the board can be lifted clean away. Pull out old nails and dispose of them properly, so that they don’t pose a safety threat to tender feet.

Continue to pry away the boards in the room, taking care not to damage the tongue and groove portions. Dinged tongue and groove fasteners will be difficult to reconnect in a new installation.

If there isn’t room to insert your pry bar underneath the tongue of the first board, you can use a circular saw with a carbide blade to plunge-cut between two boards near the tongue side. Once the plunge cut is established, you can use your pry bar to pull up as many boards as necessary to expose the tongue edge.

Finally, know that you may be facing a pretty piece of work in cleaning the cracks between boards, where years of grime may have built up.

via Demolition Contractors Offer Tips on Salvaging Wood Floors » Greener Ideal.

Floors on Acid, Renovator’s Edition: Remodelista

Acid washed wood floors

The onetime crack house was in a desperate state of disrepair, but Carolyn was intent on salvaging as much as possible including the floors. She was happy to discover that the original wood flooring was fir (vertical grain Douglas fir to be precise), a superior and more durable wood to pine that was typically used in houses of the period. To create a uniform but variegated look, she used an iron sulfate wash on the wood with the help of Alan Booth of Napa Floor Company.

metal-clad fir wood floor

via Floors on Acid, Renovator’s Edition: Remodelista.

Old floorboards recycled into built-in desk – latimes.com

A second floor

By Mary MacVean

October 17, 2012, 8:45 a.m.

There’s so much waste in a home renovation. Piles of it seemed to grow in our backyard as the weeks of our remodel passed, no matter how much we tried to minimize it. Our designer, Jeremy Levine, came up with a few ideas for reusing what no longer worked in our little 1917 Mid-City house that was getting a much needed update.

The one we love most is our desk, which runs along three sides of an alcove off our new kitchen.

When we moved into our house about a decade ago, we had the original wood floors re-sanded — and were told it would be the last time that could be done.

This time our contractor, Ofer Hetsroni, pulled the boards up and, with Levine, figured out how to use them for a built-in desk. The floorboards were glued to a plywood backing for the desk top and the drawer fronts. They also could be nailed, but Hetsroni said gluing is stronger.

Not only does it look terrific and match the new wood floors, but it feels like we preserved a piece of our home’s past.

via Old floorboards recycled into built-in desk – latimes.com.

How to Remodel Using Reclaimed Wood Flooring – Sourcing the Wood (Part 4 of 5)

Last week I talked about the importance of knowing wood trends when remodeling with reclaimed wood flooring, and this week I want to talk about how you can source the right reclaimed wood fooring for your project.

Ordering reclaimed wood has its quirks.  Reliable, established suppliers provide greater consistency, better customer service and certified wood, but this comes at possibly (but not necessarily!) a premium price.  Smaller companies may have lower overhead, but they also may not have the supply or consistency required for something as important as your personal home interior.

A common complaint is, “I loved the look of the sample, but when I went to order they no longer had that barn wood and offered me a different material.”  Armed with this information, you should ask about availability up front.  In some cases you might acquire the wood floor and store it until you need it to avoid supply problems, or go with a larger or more reliable company.

Know Your Terminology:

“Recycled” and “reclaimed” typically refer to materials sourced from dismantled buildings or other wood products that have served their original purpose and then re-milled into new flooring.  “Salvaged” generally refers to existing flooring that was removed from an existing building and repurposed.  Both are decent options, but they have their own caveats.

For example, salvage may have an existing finish that may need to be tested for suitability in modern construction, and using the existing tongue and groove can pose more challenges at the time of installation.  Freshly milled reclaimed wood, even rustic face, has a new tongue and groove allowing for seamless installation and many different options for finishing.  With reclaimed it good to ask your supplier if it has been kiln dried for stability.  In the case of salvage the material is old enough that kiln drying is probably not required.

Consider FSC® Certified Wood:

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is the global standard for responsible forestry.  This certification is your assurance that the product meets international sustainability goals, including criteria regarding humane labor as well as reclamation and forest management.  FSC certification is a rigorous process, and it is an outward symbol of a company’s commitment to sustainability.

Do It Yourself:

Of course, one option is to find reclaimed wood and get it milled yourself.  This could end up being more time consuming and costly than buying from another supplier, but you will get a custom look and it will definitely add a new dimension to the story of the floor.  If you go this route, you will need to arm yourself with additional information such as if the wood contains any metal, the moisture content, and test the wood if it is painted.

via How to Remodel Using Reclaimed Wood Flooring – Sourcing the Wood (Part 4 of 5).

Indestructables: Cutting (floor) Board

Cutting (floor) Board



Cutting boards are a valuable, and, at times, under-appreciated kitchen accessory.  In this plastic age, we have been overrun with sick, milky-white slabs of questionable origin, claiming to be safe and clean.  After a few weeks, you end up with a scarred, savaged scrap, un-saveable, collecting crud in all those crevices.  The alternative?  A solid, reclaimed hardwood cutting board made from old flooring, hand-rubbed with tung oil to a high, non-toxic sheen.  In a pinch, it’s solid enough to chock the tires on your inlaw’s RV, or knock a kitchen intruder unconscious.  It’s also cheap (nearly free!), beautiful, and can be continually refinished, lasting for generations.

Cutting (floor) Board

I put this cutting board together with oak and maple floorboards pulled from old Chicago bungalows.  Save what you can from alleys, building sites, and salvage shops, get some good glue, and set aside an afternoon.  If you are lacking some of the heavier equipment needed — thickness planer, pipe clamps, router — you could laminate it together using the technique found in this table I did a few years ago:  http://www.instructables.com/id/Scrap-Table/

via Cutting (floor) Board.