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Bought your book, but..
Peter J - Scotland
In short (very short):
Thank you for your question. This (first) manual is focusing on installing floorboards, the next manual will be more on installing design parquet floors. This is in the pipe-line, but finding enough time to dot all the i's and cross all the t's is proving to be a problem at the moment.
For your project, in the most simple order:
- make sure you have a flat, dry and level underfloor. Depending on the wood blocks (thickness, with or without T&G) you should install a plywood or industrial grade subfloor on a concrete floor first. Do note you cannot glue anything down on chipboard that has a moist repellent surface
- determine the middle line of the room (take into account no room has straight walls at perfect 90 degree angels) and install your first two rows (one pointing left, one pointing right) and let this row fully bond to the underfloor so it does not move from its pattern when continuing with the next rows.
- continue the rows as far as possible, even over the "border line"
- let the whole pattern bond fully to the underfloor
- using a plunge saw to remove excess wood so you are left with a straight edge for the border to be installed next to
- let the border bond fully with the underfloor
- if your blocks are unfinished, use a belt sander and edge sander with grit 40 to remove most -if not all - height differences between the blocks
- empty the dust bag and start the second sanding round with grit 80. Collect this clean dust to mix with the wood-filler
- apply the mix of wood-filler and sand dust to any gaps you can find and let the filler dry
- using grit 120 on the belt sander and edge sander, remove excess filler from the wood. This third sanding round prepares the surface for the finish you plan to apply. If you want to apply varnish/lacquer you'll have to sand a 4th time with grit 150
- apply the finish of your choice according to the instructions of use
Hope this helps
Wood You Like Ltd
Thank you for your prompt reply, yes it does help thank you. There doesn't seem to be many books on the subject.
Peter also kindly enough emailed us pictures of the great result he managed to achieve:
Oak herringbone after sanding
Oak herringbone after finishing coat
We hope to extend on this very, very short guide this year and have our Design Parquet Floor Installation Manual available (paperback and as E-version, just like our first Manual on installing wooden floorboards).