End Grain Wood Floors - A Brief History
One day I had come across a flooring in an old church and became intrigued, I had never seen anything like it before. It was a wood floor, but as opposed to the side of the grain being exposed, it was the end of the grain. After doing some research I was shocked to find out that these were quite a normal installment hundreds of years ago, up until the early 1900's. They were especially popular in factories, warehouses and even as roads because of their durability and ease of repair. In street applications they were often sealed with tar to preserve the blocks and make them waterproof. On interior applications in factories they were set and not fixed to the floors, they were especially useful in that in the event of an oil spill the end of the grain would quickly absorb the oil making the workplace more safe, they were soft to walk on, and yet the surface was impact resistant and difficult to scratch. If a block were damaged, it was simply pulled out and replaced in seconds. I decided that I needed to recreate this old world craftsmen appearance in my own home.
This was the look I was going for.
Inception of the Notion
A few months ago I purchased a house that was carpeted from wall to wall with the most horrible carpeting. Before purchasing it I had done some snooping and after lifting several corners, realized that underneath the carpeting was hardwood flooring, throughout. So, I knew after purchasing the home it wouldn't be much of a task to rip up this eye sores, spend a few hours sanding and refinishing and I would be happy with the new look. below is what the dining room looked like on closing day.
After ripping up the carpeting, this is what I found in the dining room... MDF. Not what I wanted to see. I had hopes that their might be some hardwood under it so my adventure continued.
After ripping up the first MDF subfloor (and having started some painting), I stumbled across this, more of less of what I wanted to see, linoleum flooring.
This is where my digging stopped and I came up with an idea I had seen in an old church. Installing an End Grain Wood Floor that I had fallen in love with at an old church!
When I was finally able to find a facility that manufactures and sells them, It came to my attention that the $11-15 per square foot asking price was a bit out of my range, and that was just for the materials, further research proved that the cost, with materials to have them installed was already north of $20-25 a square foot, making my 180 square foot project a $4500.00 investment.
Cutting The End Grain Wood Flooring
I went out and found twelve, 8 foot long 4 x 6 timbers of reclaimed yellow heart pine that I proceeded to cut into 1,800 4 x 6 tiles. I set up my Dewalt DW705 chop saw with a 1/2" stop to make te cuts quickly and consistently.
This process took about 5 hours.
When I was done I was left with a completely filled 32 gallon trash can of sawdust that I saved for later. I had plans for that too.
This is the saw blade I used because it was a thin kerf blade so the wast ratio was low and the vented design kept the metal from heating up from the duration of time I was using it.
Laying the Wood Tiles
I used latex tile adhesive to set them with 1/8" gaps to account for inconsistencies in the edges that I would later fill with a custom home made group, made from 2 parts sawdust from the cuttings and 1 part oil based polyurethane.
WARNING: In hindsight, an oil based adhesive would have been a better idea, as the water based adhesive swelled the bottoms of the tiles causing them to curl up. After it dried the tiles flattened out, but it had freaked me out at first, and made me think I would need to rip out all of my work and start over. So you can use water based, just be aware they it will swell and they might even crack.
This is the adhesive I used, however as I mentioned I would opt for something that isn't water based, the next time I try this.
Adding the Borders
After the body of the floor was set, I decided to add a border to give the room more character. So I took some of the leftover timbers and ripped them with my table saw to make 4 inch planks for the edges. I sealed those on the bottom sides so they would not swell and curl up before securing them to the floor.
Sealing the Finished Set
After the tiles were set, I sealed them with a coat of polyurethane, lightly thinned with about 30% mineral spirits. My goal here was to seal the face of the wood to make a smooth sealed surface so that when I grouted, the polyurethane from the grout would not absorb into the grain of the wood and dry out the grout.
After the tiles and border were set and sealed. I made a mixture of sawdust from my cuttings with polyurethane with a ratio of about 2 parts sawdust to 1 part polyurethane. After the first mix-up test I realized that the bits of sawdust were much too large. So I mixed them with water and 1/2 gallon at a time blended them in my blender until they were smooth. After I had enough (approx 5 gallons and 10 batches) I felt had enough for my project. I strained the sawdust in a cheesecloth, put them into a large roasting pan and baked them in the oven at 300 degrees F for about 2 hours until they were dry. I then mixed that batch with my poly and went to work grouting with a tile grouting float and left this step to dry for 72 hours.
Keep in mind that with this stage, I not only used the grout to seal the gaps but also the small cracks and imperfections in the tiles themselves.
Sanding, Sanding & More Sanding
After letting the grout dry for 3 days, figuring that was enough for the 1/8" wide by 1/2" deep channels to fully dry, I went to work on sanding the floor smooth. I used an orbital sander which took 4 hours, I imagine it took much longer than a drum sander would have, but it saved me a step of needing to do the center of the floor and then follow up with an edger. I started with 24 grit, then 60, then 80 then 100 for a smooth finish.
Sealing & Polyurethaning
After the floors were smooth I proceeded to apply the polyurethane. The first coat was to reseal and was thinned with about 40% mineral spirits, my goal here being to close the surface and prepare it for the middle and finishing coats.
2nd & 3rd coats were thinned with 20% mineral spirits and screen sanded between coats with a 100 grit sanding screen. I let each coat coat dry for approximately 12 hours, alternating morning, before work coats with evening before going to sleep coats.
The finally coat, which I wanted to be thick and rich went on unthinned.
This is the polyurethane that I used, it is a little more expensive than some other brands, however it dries quickly, allowing for follow up coats more quickly.
The Finished Product
Below you can see how the oil based polyurethane imparted a rich honey color, which is what I wanted and the reason I decided not to stain the tiles before coating them.
Closeup of the Finished End Grain Wood Floor Surface
Total Area: 180 Square Feet
Total Cost: Wood $288.00, Adhesive $60.00, Polyurethane: 3 Gallons $120.00
Total Project Cost: $460.00
Total Time Invested: 20 HoursComments (
Ah, the Sick Day....
A siren song calling you back to bed, out to a sunny beach with friends or to any one of a number of magical places that aren’t the doctor’s office. You’re not alone in feeling the temptation to call in sick: a whopping 34% of employees who call in sick “just don’t feel like going to work,” according to a 2012 Career Builder study. And while some employers are prone to suspicion or outright detective work (28% reported checking in on a “sick” employee, and 16% of managers went as far as driving by their house), many are actually in favor of restorative mental health days.
Quite a few people have asked me, Nutribullet, made by Magic bullet or Ninja Blender? They each have their advantages, hands down for juicing the Nutribullet is the hands down winner, for blending large capacities the Ninja has the clear advantage with it's larger cup. I use my Nutribullet every day for juicing & making smoothies. In this video you can see how much better the Nutribullet is at blending Pineapple, Kale, apples, frozen blueberries and even flax seeds.
The Nutribullet is available on Amazon here: http://goo.gl/TCNHPM
The Ninja is available on Amazon here: http://goo.gl/4vLdvw
Miami Beach police confirmed that singer Justin Bieber was arrested for drag racing and DUI on Thursday. According to WTVJ in Miami, he was driving a rented Lamborghini.
NBC News has been told that it's not clear Bieber was arrested for drag racing, but confirmed he is in custody. The sources also noted that another car was pulled over in front of the pop star's vehicle.
Miami Beach Police spokesman Sgt. Bobby Hernandez told NBC Miami that the incident occurred at about 4 a.m. Hernandez also said that Bieber failed a sobriety test at the scene.
According to the Miami Beach PD's Twitter account, another person was arrested along with the pop star.
Have you ever wondered why your Apple iOS device has no hourglass on it while you are waiting, like your old Blackberry?
Because it is annoying and nothing is more frustrating than being told that you need to wait, and Apple knew it. So they did something tricky, they fooled you.
Warning: If you, your kids, friends, parents, grand parents, or grand kids take pics from your phone—WATCH THIS!
Thursday, May 5, 2013
This is truly unbelievable: Lego has built a 1:1 scale model of the X-Wing fighter using an astounding 5,335,200 bricks! It's as big as the real thing, capable of fitting the real Luke Skywalker—and Porkins.
How to Use Google Plus Ripples
One major lure of social media is its potential to make something fantastic that you created, go viral. While there’s no magic formula to produce the next viral sensation, we do have ways to learn about how our content socially spreads.
On Twitter, you can see the number of retweets.
On Facebook, you can count Likes and Shares.
And on Google Plus, it’s the ability to visualize how your content has spread and to see the names of people who spread that fantastic content. All with the help of Ripples.
5 Stars for Bialetti Aeternum Non-Stick Ceramic Pans
I was at Bed Bath & Beyond this weekend getting a CO2 refill for my Soda Stream & began wandering... I needed a GOOD non-stick pan cos the Cuisinart and All Clad ones I have are starting to do that peel thing on me & came across these Bialetti Aeternum Ceramic Non-Stick Pans, they are aluminum, for heat dispersion, silicone lined on the outside for easy clean up and ceramic inside for nonstick.
Skydiver Felix Baumgartner breaks sound barrier in death-defying free-fall
Daredevil jumps from 24 miles up in world's first successful attempt at a supersonic skydive!
And Southpark's Towlie is there to witness it all.
Angry Birds - Mitt Romney Edition Big Bird is Pissed & It Just Got Real
Macy's it sucks when the guy next door buys a New Ferrari that makes your Aged Mercedes look like a busted up old Pinto.
Time to catch up in Herald Square NY, you are begninning to show your age.Comments (
Rodney King May Be Dead, but Before You Feel Bad, He Wasn't all that Innocent.
Take a Look at his Arrest Record.
Everybody Else May all be Able to Rest in Peace a Little Bit More Now.
Rodney King, whose beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 was caught on camera and sparked riots after the acquittal of the four officers involved, was found dead in his swimming pool Sunday, authorities and his fiancee said. He was 47.
Police in Rialto, California, received a 911 call from King's fiancee, Cynthia Kelly, about 5:25 a.m., said Capt. Randy De Anda. Responding officers found King at the bottom of the pool, removed him and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said.
There were no preliminary signs of foul play, De Anda said, and no obvious injuries on King's body. Police are conducting a drowning investigation, he said, and King's body would be autopsied.
The Arrest Record of Rodney King
Rodney King's criminal history played a large role in the high-speed chase that led to his arrest, in his controversial and violent arrest, and in the trials that followed. King explained his decision to flee--at a speed exceeding 110 mph--from CHP officers as resulting from a fear that his arrest for speeding would lead to a revocation of his parole and a return to prison: "I was scared of going back to prison and I just kind of thought the problem would just go away." Sergeant Stacey Koon, the supervising officer at King's arrest, concluded (correctly, it turned out) from King's "buffed out appearance" that he was most likely an ex-con who had been working out on prison weights--and assumed therefore that he was a dangerous character. Finally, it was King's criminal history that explained the decision of prosecutors to keep him off the witness stand. If King testified, defense attorneys would be allowed to present the jury with his record of arrests--a record that might influence their deliberations.
Many of King's problems with the law stem from his serious drinking problem. According to his parole officer, Tim Fowler, King "was a basically decent guy with borderline intelligence....His problem was alcoholism."
Using words like Upload, Download and Install is a Scary Endeavor.
If you decide to be bold enough to regurgitate any of these words, here is how to do so without sounding like a complete idiot. There is nothing more horrifying than someone you love asking you to download them the pictures you took at a party them asking you to download the new version of iOS to their phone.Comments (
High Definition Video Captured of Venus as it Passes Across the Face of the Sun Caught by the Solar Dynamics Observatory
Launched on Feb. 11, 2010, the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, is the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the sun.
During its five-year mission, it will examine the sun's atmosphere, magnetic field and also provide a better understanding of the role the sun plays in Earth's atmospheric chemistry and climate. SDO provides images with resolution 8 times better than high-definition television and returns more than a terabyte of data each day.
On June 5 2012, SDO collected images of the rarest predictable solar event--the transit of Venus across the face of the sun.
This event happens in pairs eight years apart that are separated from each other by 105 or 121 years. The last transit was in 2004 and the next will not happen until 2117.Comments (
AT&T Wants to Throttle My Unlimited Data Plan!
This morning I received a very disturbing text message from my friends at good 'ol AT&T. Their message was simple read this way:
ATT Free Msg: Your data usage has reached 3GB this month. Using more than 3GB in future billing cycles will result in reduced speeds. You can yadda yadda yadda...
This is the AT&T FU Data Message, as I read it:
Dear valueless AT&T customer, we realize that you signed a contract with us that started several years ago, and although you have 5 active devices with us and pay us in excess of $2500 a year in service plan fees that include an "UNLIMITED DATA PLAN" we are going to tighten the bandwidth thumbscrews on you and limit the speed in which we serve you. FU, have a nice day.
The Unlimited Data Plan contract I signed said just that, Unlimited Data In no place on that contract did it say "If we want to change the contract later on we can" because that is just, well, plain UNAMERICAN, and scummy. So at some later date, they, behind my back, renegotiated my contract to read, we can change the contract as we see fit.
In response to AT&T, I found it fitting that if their contract had an imaginary clause that said they can chage terms, well, then isn't it fair that my contract has some imaginary clauses, too?
- AT&T, if you throttle down my data rate , how's about I throttle down the rate in which I pay you?
- I deduct $1.00 off of my bill for every dropped call? Chances are, you'd owe me money at the end of the month.
- Every day the "No Service" message comes up, I prorate off that days charge.
- When my phone says E(dge) vs 3G in a confirmed 3G metro area, I pay you the proportional rate of bandwidth delivery, or about 20% of my plan rate.
- I charge you $75-100 per hour, my approximate book rate, whenever you make me wait to speak to one of those outsourced Indian service people that you can't understand, divided into 6 minute billing, of course. And 2 days of free service when ever that freaking call gets dropped.
AT&T if you want to continue collecting my money, I think it is wise choice for you to continue delivering the Unlimited Data Plan WE agreed to. Additionally, you should take some of that money and set up some cell towers that actually deliver uninterrupted cell service. Otherwise, you may find me changing my contract to CANCELLED.Comments (
This was taken in Deer Park, Long Island, New York on Sunday, June 3 at 7:15 PM
Click on either Image to see full size pictures of the Double RainbowComments (
I was a Big Fan of The Avengers
The biggest complaints I heard during the movie were:
A) Why is Hawk Eye even here?
B) Black Widow has no super powers.
I have not heard back from Hawk Eye yet.
But Scarlett Johansson Makes a Good PointComments (
Props to the 10 Year Old Kid that got the 1st MOAB on MW3 for PS3.
CONFESSION: I'm a bit of a PS3 freak and a bit of a Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 fan
That being said, although I love playing video games and a little MW3 on PS3, I have learned to hate playing on line because I hate knowing that every time I get my ass kicked, it is most likely by a little kid. I have come to grips with the fact that I have a full time job, and it does not include playing PS3 or playing MW3, it involves sitting at a desk.
I have never killed more times than I have been killed, I have never been the top killer and I have only once had the game winning kill.
So I hunted down one of these little kids and found his "in my face" "na na na na poo poo, stick you head in doo doo" video of him doing something I could never do.
Getting the first MOAB on a PS3 MW3 map.
For those of you that play, you know what a MOAB is on MW3, for those of you that don't, it is 'Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb', nicknamed Mother Of All Bombs. Basically the way to get one is to kill 25 people in a row, which is more people than I kill in a day of playing.
So if I ever see you in real life Mr. 5th Grade Ass Kicker, I will smack you in the head, but for now:
Props to you kid who got the 1st MOAB on MW3's Sanctuary. You deserve it.Comments (
There is a reason that Facebook is free. It is because you are not a customer, you are a product.
Whenever Facebook makes a change and there is a glitch in the Matrix, historically everybody's stream becomes riddled with complaints. Whenever there is a privacy change, which is usually opt our vs. opt in, there is a slew of media chatter.
The issue here as image 1 points out is that you are not the Facebook customer, you are not paying for this service, you are the Facebook product.Comments (
Buying Packaged Food is For Losers; Real Men Aren't Losers
Lets face it, if you are a guy, do your own grocery shopping, and buy food vs. ingredients, you are a douche.
No self respecting man would ever allow another entity to decide what goes into his meal, his body or past his taste buds.
Yea, buying pre-made crap is convenient, easy to cook and is, most of the time edible, but seriously, what are the odds that they get the seasoning & flavors right? Let us also consider that most mass produced food is exactly that, off the rack crap that's made not to offend anyone, on the same note, it is also made to not thrill anyone. Packaged crappy ass food likes to play middle of the road & appeal to every one, even people that live in middle America that have never tasted good food. So if you want to be Mister Joe Average Middle America White Bread, grab that microwave box of prefab cardboard.Comments (
Everyone loves a great football play.
I hate sports, I hate watching them. Why the hell would I waste 2 hours of my life when it only takes 20 seconds to pull up the final score on my iPhone? If something good were to happen in a game, they'll show me it on the news in the morning while I'm getting dressed.It's like Cliff's Notes for Sports.
But when cool or funny crap happens in a sporting event, I'm all for watching it. So here are the 2 best football plays to ever happen!
Quarterback Trick Play, QB Walks right plast the defense.
In this play the QB Snaps the ball & casually stands up and starts walking past them. The other team is so befuddled by this they just stare at him. When the Quarterback gets bast the first line of defensemen he makes a run for it.Comments (
Politicians Should Not Be Stupid.
It is my belief that we need to begin screening our potential leaders and eliminate the ignorant ones before they can even begin to infect our country.
Politicians that (claim to or) believe in Biblical Creationism over Evolution should automatically be disqualified from campaigning based on grounds of stupidity & ignorance.Comments (
Mark Zuckerberg Is Now the Wealthiest Whipper Snapper In America.
With the IPO of Facebook behind us, everyone wants to know: Just how much freaking money did this kid walk away with?
Well when all was said & done and the yo-yo stopped bouncing.. $19.18 Billion Dollars.
For all of you working people that have busted your asses, at some job, for the last 20 years, I am here to put what you did and what he did, into perspective.