Red Oak Floor

When I worked at Cornell, I spent some weekends learning from and working with a carpenter who had been injured in a car accident. He needed help because of his injury and I love learning new trades, so it worked well. I helped him install/finish a number of hard wood floors (his expertise), but I had never worked through the whole process from install to finish before. When my parents moved into a new house this summer, we decided it would be fun to meet up again to install a wood floor for them…only things got a little more complicated when he accidentally tore his bicep tendon off the bone a couple months before we were due to start (it’s crazy and a little terrifying that this can happen).

This meant that I was in charge of all the heavy lifting, as well as most of the sanding and the floor stapler. In spite of significant anxiety from all parties (my parents in case we ruined their floor, the carpenter in case he ruined their floor, and me because of the responsibility), the floor turned out beautifully! It is certainly the best one I’ve ever done, and my carpenter friend said it was in his top three.

It’s so smooth (partly because we individually palm sanded every board after the first coat of poly haha)!

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We first ripped up the carpet (which is so much fun, I’m considering ending future arguments, by simpling reaching down and tearing the carpet off the floor)
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My buddy the drum sander…you can see how shiny the wood is before it is sanded, and how smooth it is after sanding
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Sorry this is blurry, but I wanted to show off our fancy threshhold
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The edger is a real beast! Don’t you love the rosy colour of the red oak?
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My mother was in charge of filling gaps with putty
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After sanding
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The second room after sanding (two small rooms are way more time consuming that one big one)
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First coat (while still wet)
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First coat, second room
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First coat, dry
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First coat, dry, second room
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Fourth coat!
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Fourth coat from upstairs
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The money shot, finished!

Wood floors are the best, aren’t they?

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6 thoughts on “Red Oak Floor

  1. Looks exhausting! Our wood floors go so much wear that when we took up the carpet, we put down large ceramic tiles. It works for us and our pets, but the wood is more beautiful. Good job!

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