Library Floor Has New Look

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Two weekends ago we began preparations for laying the flooring in our new library. As I’ve shared previously our timber is second hand timber, stored for several years from when we salvaged all the timber from a two storey Convent school prior to demolition.

First task is to clean the floorboards from decades of dirt, accumulated as they sat under carpet being tramped over by hundreds of feet.

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PC set up a ‘cleaning station’, wherein each board was placed in a ‘slot’, the ‘criss-cross’ saws were run along the groove of each board pushing out the dirt, sometimes the tongues needed cleaning too.

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For two days the children worked tirelessly carrying the boards from the timber stack to the ‘cleaning station’, working in tag teams. Once a sufficient number of boards were cleaned they were then carried over to the ‘drop saw station’ to be cut.

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After each board was trimmed, or not depending upon need, they were taken inside and stacked into similar length piles, awaiting secret nailing.

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The following weekend PC measured and marked each board, devising a pre-planning system that matched boards and created patterns. Once planned he then added tongue and grooves to every board with the router.

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Visual clarity here for way the library needs a new floor, whilst combining the two rooms into one have us more space it also highlighted the floor differences. Sheeting and floorboards, solution is to lay ‘new’ floorboards over the entire room. Finally the exciting moment when we begin to lay the boards using the secret nailer.

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Work teams for this task consisted of our two teens and PC and I. Princess’ job was to glue each board, which meant she had to keep ‘one step ahead’ of us constantly.

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We’re not sad at all to say ‘good-bye’ to the chip board sheeting, it begins to look like a ‘real’ floor.

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PC and Michelangelo’s main task was to ‘pull in’ the timber tight, so there were as little gaps as possible. A result of using second hand timber.

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For a large ‘chunk’ of time I was on the nail gun, trusting souls aren’t they? 😉


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The last few boards leave no room for the nail gun so have to be nailed down by hand.

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Can you imagine books lining these walls? I easily can 🙂

Next task up is to sand and estapol these boards, not long now..


*Sharing over at The Builder’s Wife with this week’s Home Improvement Thursday


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14 thoughts on “Library Floor Has New Look

  • April 28, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Wow Erin, it is really coming together! And yes, I can imagine books lining those walls.

    • April 28, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Not to worry I’ll be sure to show you how the books look lining the walls 😉

  • April 28, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    What a difference! This is turning into such a pleasant space.

    • April 29, 2016 at 5:57 am

      I have to start thinking about furniture soon too, want some very comfy reading chairs.

  • April 28, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Not long at all. Great team effort. You’ll be reading before you know it!! 🙂

    • April 29, 2016 at 6:05 am

      I’m allowing myself to get a little more excited. Building often ends up taking longer than anticipated so telling myself it will be awhile, but really it won’t.

  • April 29, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Fantastic! Are you finishing the floors before the shelves go in? I cannot wait to see the final product!

    • April 29, 2016 at 6:06 am

      Definitely finishing first, no way do we want to have to take the books out to do the floor at a later date. This will be the first room completely finished, skirting boards and all.

  • April 29, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Oh my, those boards are just stunning. I can’t wait to see this room finished. Is PC qualified or a self taught man? Either way, what he is doing is amazing!!

    • April 29, 2016 at 6:14 am

      Being yellow box the boards will come up much lighter. We pick up the sander tonight!! So not long now 🙂 🙂 In our old house (I really should do some posts on that) all the floorboards were new and much easier to lay, though it was straight over joists on the second storey. Funnily enough in all the building work we’ve done over the years this will be the first time we’ve sanded and sealed a floor.

      PC’s qualification’s are in agriculture and business, his career is in finance. His building background is, when he was a little boy he watched and helped his Dad build their family home. Otherwise he is completely self taught, he observes, he thinks, he asks questions and he just does.

  • April 29, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Oh my gosh, I’m getting more and more envious of this library by the day! My husband is the eldest of seven, and was homeschooled… he would have done almost ANYTHING for a library like this!

    • April 29, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Really, how fascinating! Wondering if I ‘know’ his family. Once upon a time, not that long ago the homeschooling world in Australia used to be rather small. My siblings were homeschooled in the 80-90s. It’s no longer small though as more and more people homeschool.
      Wait till I reveal pictures of the books 🙂

    • April 29, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks Karen. Will invite you out for a browse when all done 🙂


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