Before & After Cartolinas End Grain Block Flooring DesignSponge

Before & After Cartolinas End Grain Block Flooring DesignSponge

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I saw this in progress on instagram..so amazing! The end result is worth all the hard work.

Gorgeous!

Amazing! Love the final product so rich and warm!

Beautiful flooring!

Gorgeous! I would love to know a ballpark cost per square foot. Inexpensive means such different things to different people!

Beautiful. Thanks for showing the close-up. This is one of my favorite details from Phillipe Starks restaurants.

Hello Alexis thats a good question!

I used leftover fir beam ends and cut them up myself. So they were free to me.

It would be great to salvage old beams from a building demo because they would have great character.

The only cost I had was the floor adhesive and finish which probably came in at just less than $2/sq ft.

LOVE the look. But how did they make it even? (Or isnt it?) Would it get frustrating to be walking on an uneven block surface every day?

There is a restaurant in Brevard, NC that uses the same technique. I had never seen it before except there. Its stunning in person. I dont think the photographs even do it justice.

gorgeous! its like the baby born from Mrs. Brick and Mr. Wood. Well done

btw: I second Alexis on the price question.

the nice thing about this is that in this mix with the new technology,the old becomes new again.

I love the love look. Its amazing really. However was it Sealed. Will it expand and contract? Did they use spacers?

doubt it will expand and contract its old kiln dried wood.

I visited a ceiling grid manufacturer outside of Chicago that had this type of floor in one department, installed 80+ years ago. It moved with temperature changes, so much so they had to lay sheathing down during the wet seasons for pathways to prevent tripping hazards.

Im in love with this! Amazing. Making a mental note for my future house.

it will still expand and contract,kiln drying is only a process to maintain the lumber at a specific moisture content.expanding and contracting are the effects of seasonal changes. the supposedly way to stop movement in lumber is to treat it with p.e.g. which supposedly stabilizes the molecular structure of lumber to stop the effects of seasonal changes

wont they check and split and look terrible over time ?

We had done this a few years past instead of prick pavers in the back yard, cutting up some scrap 4 x 6 treated posts.

Love this!

End grain is a hard, durable surface but also very porous; it virtually swallows up finish so expansion is an issue. Check out Oregon Lumber Companys end grain floor products. They have engineered a lovely end grain floor product and weve used it many times with great results.

I worked in a factory with wood brick flooring that was built in the 1950s, a great floor until it got water soaked then expanded and blew out the bricks. The bricks were sealed with creosote.

What adhesive did you use?

My office has this type of flooring. It is beautiful but it cant handle any kind of water damage. One year a Christmas tree that was over watered created a small mound. Another year there was an door cracked during a rain storm which caused all of the edges to raise up in the area. We have spend tens of thousands of dollars repairing and re-staining the floors. So, dont do this in areas like kitchens or bathrooms. The repairs are just nuts.

I think this would work great on a vertical surface, like a backsplash less moisture/movement issues. Its beautiful.

Thanks for all the comments! I love how this floor looks sort of like a wooden cobblestone street. Its rustic look is perfect for our workshop. I have many years of construction/woodworking experience and am well aware of expansion and contraction in wood floors of any kind, more so with end grain, as it absorbs moisture much more readily. You definitely need to leave an expansion gap around the perimeter of the room, and use a flexible elastomeric flooring adhesive. (Bostik EFA adhesive) I finished the floor with three coats of an oil based finish. If youd like to see a more refined version of this type of floor, check out the gallery section of ww.kaswell.com. whove been manufacturing and laying this type of floor for over 6o years.

end block flooring was used extensivly thru out our machine shophow ever they were creosotedvery durable (as some had been there for over 50 years) and confortable on the feet and legsa govenment machine shop where big guns were made!!

I WORKED AT THE KANSAS CITY MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM IN THE 70S. THE FLOOR OF THE MAIN ARENA AREA WAS BUILT UP OF 2 LONG END GRAIN BOARDS,SET ON END. REALLY COOL IT HAD BEEN REPAIRED AND PATCHED UP BECAUSE OF A RUPTURED AQUARIUM TANK ( HUGE ) THAT HAD BURST AND CAUSED THE FLOORING TO EXPAND AND BUCKLE UP. EVEN AFTER THAT IT WAS MEGA AWESOME. THIS WAS BUILT IN THE WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION OF THE 20S. lABOR WAS CHEAP AND SKILLS WERE HIGH THEN.

The Frist Center in Nashville has floors like this. The building was originally an Art Deco post office now an art museum. Worth a visit for so many reasons, including the floors.

I understand needing space for swelling between the blocks but how much space is necessary, and how do you space them so uniformly? Like with tile spacers? Truly fantastic results for all the obvious effort. Looks amazing.

So amazing! I absolutely love this look….thanks so much for sharing!

In my younger years as an engineer we always put wood floors like this in maintenance shops. Easier on the feet and legs! I love it.

Was wondering how this would work for a shop work bench surface? Love the look!

Yes it is really beautiful. Well done.

This floor is gorgeous. I love learning about techniques not commonly used these days, thanks for sharing this project!

There are wooden cobblestone streets under the asphalt here the old neighbourhoods of Vancouver, B.C. You can see them here and there when the newer surface fails. Considering the rain we have, I think they were originally soaked in creosote. Theyre still in perfect shape.

Beautiful!

I love this floor! The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has this flooring in one of their pavilions and I became obsessed when I first saw it. So great to see this post and the how-to behind it.

I saw this technique once on this Old House (when Bob Vila was still there in fact it wa at his house). They also grouted the floor using sawdust mixed with the grout.

Wow. Its fantastic and unique flooring. Thanks for sharing this beautiful project to over here. You have done such a nice job.

Beautiful wood floors! sàn gỗ

have seen this in old barns in Massachusetts.talk about durable!!

Funny I should come across this now. I am building a new house (next year) and had considered using this technique. I also had seen it on This Old House years ago. I will have a slab floor and not sure if it can be done on concrete.

I love this flooring, its much better than parque, this is a real wooden floor that makes you breath the smell of wood and feel its warmth.

Hey there I am so glad I found your site, I really found you by accident, while I was researching on Aol for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say thanks for a tremendous post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read through it all at the minute but I have book-marked it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a lot more, Please do keep up the fantastic work.

i love it. i love hardwood flooring. Thanks ^^

Wonderful website. A lot of useful info here. I am sending it to a few friends ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thanks for your sweat!

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I saw this in progress on instagram..so amazing! The end result is worth all the hard work.

Gorgeous!

Amazing! Love the final product so rich and warm!

Beautiful flooring!

Gorgeous! I would love to know a ballpark cost per square foot. Inexpensive means such different things to different people!

Beautiful. Thanks for showing the close-up. This is one of my favorite details from Phillipe Starks restaurants.

Hello Alexis thats a good question!

I used leftover fir beam ends and cut them up myself. So they were free to me.

It would be great to salvage old beams from a building demo because they would have great character.

The only cost I had was the floor adhesive and finish which probably came in at just less than $2/sq ft.

LOVE the look. But how did they make it even? (Or isnt it?) Would it get frustrating to be walking on an uneven block surface every day?

There is a restaurant in Brevard, NC that uses the same technique. I had never seen it before except there. Its stunning in person. I dont think the photographs even do it justice.

gorgeous! its like the baby born from Mrs. Brick and Mr. Wood. Well done

btw: I second Alexis on the price question.

the nice thing about this is that in this mix with the new technology,the old becomes new again.

I love the love look. Its amazing really. However was it Sealed. Will it expand and contract? Did they use spacers?

Before & After Cartolinas End Grain Block Flooring DesignSponge

doubt it will expand and contract its old kiln dried wood.

I visited a ceiling grid manufacturer outside of Chicago that had this type of floor in one department, installed 80+ years ago. It moved with temperature changes, so much so they had to lay sheathing down during the wet seasons for pathways to prevent tripping hazards.

Im in love with this! Amazing. Making a mental note for my future house.

it will still expand and contract,kiln drying is only a process to maintain the lumber at a specific moisture content.expanding and contracting are the effects of seasonal changes. the supposedly way to stop movement in lumber is to treat it with p.e.g. which supposedly stabilizes the molecular structure of lumber to stop the effects of seasonal changes

wont they check and split and look terrible over time ?

We had done this a few years past instead of prick pavers in the back yard, cutting up some scrap 4 x 6 treated posts.

Love this!

End grain is a hard, durable surface but also very porous; it virtually swallows up finish so expansion is an issue. Check out Oregon Lumber Companys end grain floor products. They have engineered a lovely end grain floor product and weve used it many times with great results.

I worked in a factory with wood brick flooring that was built in the 1950s, a great floor until it got water soaked then expanded and blew out the bricks. The bricks were sealed with creosote.

What adhesive did you use?

My office has this type of flooring. It is beautiful but it cant handle any kind of water damage. One year a Christmas tree that was over watered created a small mound. Another year there was an door cracked during a rain storm which caused all of the edges to raise up in the area. We have spend tens of thousands of dollars repairing and re-staining the floors. So, dont do this in areas like kitchens or bathrooms. The repairs are just nuts.

I think this would work great on a vertical surface, like a backsplash less moisture/movement issues. Its beautiful.

Thanks for all the comments! I love how this floor looks sort of like a wooden cobblestone street. Its rustic look is perfect for our workshop. I have many years of construction/woodworking experience and am well aware of expansion and contraction in wood floors of any kind, more so with end grain, as it absorbs moisture much more readily. You definitely need to leave an expansion gap around the perimeter of the room, and use a flexible elastomeric flooring adhesive. (Bostik EFA adhesive) I finished the floor with three coats of an oil based finish. If youd like to see a more refined version of this type of floor, check out the gallery section of ww.kaswell.com. whove been manufacturing and laying this type of floor for over 6o years.

end block flooring was used extensivly thru out our machine shophow ever they were creosotedvery durable (as some had been there for over 50 years) and confortable on the feet and legsa govenment machine shop where big guns were made!!

I WORKED AT THE KANSAS CITY MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM IN THE 70S. THE FLOOR OF THE MAIN ARENA AREA WAS BUILT UP OF 2 LONG END GRAIN BOARDS,SET ON END. REALLY COOL IT HAD BEEN REPAIRED AND PATCHED UP BECAUSE OF A RUPTURED AQUARIUM TANK ( HUGE ) THAT HAD BURST AND CAUSED THE FLOORING TO EXPAND AND BUCKLE UP. EVEN AFTER THAT IT WAS MEGA AWESOME. THIS WAS BUILT IN THE WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION OF THE 20S. lABOR WAS CHEAP AND SKILLS WERE HIGH THEN.

The Frist Center in Nashville has floors like this. The building was originally an Art Deco post office now an art museum. Worth a visit for so many reasons, including the floors.

I understand needing space for swelling between the blocks but how much space is necessary, and how do you space them so uniformly? Like with tile spacers? Truly fantastic results for all the obvious effort. Looks amazing.

So amazing! I absolutely love this look….thanks so much for sharing!

In my younger years as an engineer we always put wood floors like this in maintenance shops. Easier on the feet and legs! I love it.

Was wondering how this would work for a shop work bench surface? Love the look!

Yes it is really beautiful. Well done.

This floor is gorgeous. I love learning about techniques not commonly used these days, thanks for sharing this project!

There are wooden cobblestone streets under the asphalt here the old neighbourhoods of Vancouver, B.C. You can see them here and there when the newer surface fails. Considering the rain we have, I think they were originally soaked in creosote. Theyre still in perfect shape.

Beautiful!

I love this floor! The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has this flooring in one of their pavilions and I became obsessed when I first saw it. So great to see this post and the how-to behind it.

I saw this technique once on this Old House (when Bob Vila was still there in fact it wa at his house). They also grouted the floor using sawdust mixed with the grout.

Wow. Its fantastic and unique flooring. Thanks for sharing this beautiful project to over here. You have done such a nice job.

Beautiful wood floors! sàn gỗ

have seen this in old barns in Massachusetts.talk about durable!!

Funny I should come across this now. I am building a new house (next year) and had considered using this technique. I also had seen it on This Old House years ago. I will have a slab floor and not sure if it can be done on concrete.

I love this flooring, its much better than parque, this is a real wooden floor that makes you breath the smell of wood and feel its warmth.

Hey there I am so glad I found your site, I really found you by accident, while I was researching on Aol for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say thanks for a tremendous post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read through it all at the minute but I have book-marked it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a lot more, Please do keep up the fantastic work.

i love it. i love hardwood flooring. Thanks ^^

Wonderful website. A lot of useful info here. I am sending it to a few friends ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thanks for your sweat!


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