I Teach do it yourselfers to install borders in wood floors. The picture above is an example of work that was done with a homeowner's help.
The job is located in Columbus, MT on top of a mountain. When I went to start this job, my first thought was,
"No one would possibly build a house way up here!!" It was almost like going up a mountain logging road. Sure enough
when I came to a clearing at the top of the mountain there was a brick house. In case you don't know brick houses aren't very common in Montana especially on mountaintops.
As I started to first look at the job some other things started to seem unusual too.
First off there were no power lines to the house. As I found out later this house was run entirely with a generator and batteries. The generator charged the four
huge batteries and the converter converted the DC from the batteries to 110 AC. This made it so the generator
only ran when the batteries need charging which surprisingly wasn't all that often.
As my customer proudly showed off his unique electrical supply system he also pointed out that that the generator
ran on natural gas and he happened to have a natural gas line running thru his property which supplied the small town in the valey below with
natural gas. The gas company tapped the main line so he had natural gas for his generator and for heating.
As if this wasn't impressive enough he also showed me his water system. He had no water where he build his house. There was water
on his land. It just happened to be a mile away. He had a trench dug six feet deep from the well
to his house. Once a week he would go to the well, start up the generator and pump the well dry and fill
up his cistern at the house. It was a pretty neat system. He was totally self sufficent.
The floor has a diagonal field with four boards of oak as a border with a nine inch skirt around the border.
After the floor is installed and sanded I take blue masking tape and tape the 1st and 4th board of the border and stain
the boards in place. The adjoining rooms are laid normally and just meet the border.
I teach customers how do unique floors like this and if you would like to install borders in your house please send me
an email at Franklyn@WoodFloorist.com
One of the sites you need to check out if you are interested in wood working is the Howard County Woodworkers' Guild.
Their library lends out videos to it's members on a variety of woodworking skills.
Topics covered include the following:
THINK JIG THE LEIGH ROUTER JOINERY SYSTEM
DECORATIVE TECHNIQUES by ROBERT SORBY
STEAM BENDING FOR WOODWORKERS
WOOD BENDING TECHNIQUES
THE CRAFT AND BEAUTY OF WOODEN BOATS
CONSTRUCTING LAMINATED BOXES
INLAYS & MITERED BOX JOINTS
MAKING SHAKER OVAL BOXES AND CARRIERS
SMALL SHOP PROJECTS, BOXES
BUILD A SHAKER CHEST
CABINETS: VARIOUS INSTALLATIONS
DOVETAIL A DRAWER
FACEPLATE CABINETMAKING - ADVANCED DOOR CONSTRUCTION
FACEPLATE CABINETMAKING - BASIC DOOR CONSTRUCTION
FACEPLATE CABINETMAKING - BASIC DRAWER CONST
FACEPLATE CABINETMAKING - BUILD THE CABINET
FITTING FLUSH CABINET DOORS
GUILD DEMO OF CABINET CONSTRUCTION
HOW TO MAKE ARCHED RAISED PANEL DOORS
INSTALLING KITCHEN CABINETS & COUNTER TOPS
INSTALLING KITCHEN CABINETS & COUNTERTOPS
LEARNING WOODWORKING: MAKE A BLANKET CHEST
MAKING BARRISTER BOOKCASES
MAKING KITCHEN CABINETS
MAKING MORTISE & TENON JOINTS
and many more subjects If you are interested in fine wood working I would recommend that you check out
Anna Hopewell's grave in Enosburg Falls,
"Here lies the body of our Anna,
Done to death by a banana.
It wasn't the fruit that laid her low,
But the skin of the thing that made her go."
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On a grave from the 1880s in Nantucket,
"Under the sod and under the trees,
Lies the body of Jonathan Pease.
He is not here, there's only the pod.
Pease shelled out and went to God."
For more information on installing borders, staining and pickeling wood floors please contact me.
If you or someone you know needs help with repairing,installing or refinishing wood floors,
email me at Franklyn@WoodFloorist.com