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Furniture from used wood flooring?

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Furniture from used wood flooring?

Postby Robert » 19 Jul 2018, 11:58

I'm thinking about a new desk system for the computer room (smallest bedroom) and my ideas will involve a lot of wood.

The amount of oak involved set me wondering about other sources and solid wood flooring comes in around 18mm thick with one side nice and the other grooved to reduce cupping I guess. I'm thinking used and probably from ebay if the price is right.

I know the finish is probably going to be tough and I won't want chamfer joint lines so tongues and grooves will have to be modified or come off. So machining will be needed. Oak is Oak right? So flooring won't have any problems not found in sawn timber will it?

So really just asking if anyone has tried using flooring and if there are any unexpected problems..

Currently looking for a small amount locally to try it out unless I'm told here it's a bad idea. Just an idea at the moment so no rush.
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Re: Furniture from used wood flooring?

Postby Harv-53 » 19 Jul 2018, 13:40

Hello Robert
I’ve successfully made kitchen counter tops from 150 year old oak floor boards, it took a bit of careful edging, they weren’t tongue and grooved and my client wanted to keep as near to the original width which was Around 200mm, I planed them square and popped a few dominoes in for good measure and glued it all up.
That was 6 years ago, and they’re still looking great, I finished them with osmo top oil which has proved itself to be very durable.
Unfortunately I’m not able to post any pictures due to client confidentiality agreement.
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Re: Furniture from used wood flooring?

Postby Harv-53 » 19 Jul 2018, 13:57

Just remembered, I made a small breakfast bar last year with the left over oak, it’s not a great picture as it was a taken to show someone the finished colour.
The oak boards on this were cut down to around 130mm wide to make them usable
If you are or know anyone passing Milton Keynes shortly, I’ve got loads of t & g v nothched oak floor board off cuts your welcome too. I’ve just done out our upstairs in European oak floor boards,
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Re: Furniture from used wood flooring?

Postby RogerS » 19 Jul 2018, 14:45

Robert, I think that you are thinking about 'modern' oak floorboards as opposed to some old boards taken from an old house from years back ?

Nothing wrong at all with your suggestion. I've made quite a lot of odds and ends using oak offcuts from floors I've laid. Not all T&G flooring has a bevel...something to look out for. The other thing to watch out for is grade of oak used. Prime grade has very few knots, shakes, grotty bits and going down the grades to 'character' grade or 'rustic' depending on supplier where you have quite a few of them. They can be filled in but you might not want to do that.

The downside with filling in knotholes etc is that you see the filler as it's a uniform colour. In the past I've had some success by using artists oil colours and painting in detail to mimic real oak.

If you are thinking about genuine very old oak floorboards then come back to us.
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Re: Furniture from used wood flooring?

Postby Robert » 19 Jul 2018, 16:24

Thanks for the replies and yes 'modern' solid wood flooring rather than old floorboards.

Guess I'll be guided by pictures rather than grades with second hand stuff... and avoid the ones with knots and swirls in the grain....and if possible no bevels :)

Probably be months before I actually do anything but now i know what to look for.

Thanks.
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Re: Furniture from used wood flooring?

Postby Pinch » 19 Jul 2018, 19:05

Old oak in its natural state I say! 8-)

Have you prepared a design drawing yet?
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Re: Furniture from used wood flooring?

Postby Robert » 19 Jul 2018, 22:21

No drawings yet. It is going to be mainly about function. The computer...2 monitors not standing on the desk so some kind of high back for brackets...all the cables...router...speakers...network switch....printer(?)...server(?)..backup devices..power distribution...it goes on. And trying to make it easy to modify/work on.

It's going to need to tick over in my head for while just to work out what I want from it.
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