Saturday, January 26, 2013

How to Repair Dining Room Corner Unfinished Oak Wood Floor

Fig.1 Flooring that needs to be finished
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Box of Oak pieces
Caulking clear tube
Compound saw, portable
Liquid Nails adhesive
Measuring tape 
Table saw, portable

Jo Walsh called after seeing my advertisement in the local paper. Jo wanted her floor repaired. She had removed two narrow bookcase and now the floor underneath the bookcase needed to be replaced to match the existing floor. She had a box of oak pieces cut in many different length and thicknesses.

Below are eleven steps required to fix this oak wood floor.  

Step 1: Check out the floor and the box of oak pieces to make sure it matches the existing molding. Once that is done then the job can be started, otherwise more flooring will need to be purchased and selecting oak flooring that match the existing flooring can be expensive. 
Step 2: Above right fig.1 shows that the floor needs to be checked to make sure it is level and has no immediate flaws. For example; high points or cement abnormalities. This floor was not level, foam board were installed to level the wood planks.
Step 3: Check out this post to see how to open the adhesive tubes.
How Do You Open Caulking Tubes?

Step 4: Fig.22 shows the piece on the left had to be cut with a table saw to keep the right edge with a lip and one flat edge against the wall. After measuring with a tape measure the blank area in the floor to decided with oak pieces to use next.
Fig.2 Partial corner floor repair
Step 5: Fig.3 shows the first piece that was the closest match to the wood piece adjacent to it. These pieces were installed one after the other except for the wall side.
Fig.3 Adjust grain
Step 6:  Each oak piece was glued with Liquid Nails, and sealed along the edges with clear silicone caulking. The last piece was placed on with the third piece and pried into place. There was a 1/8 inch area near the wall which allowed me to place the last piece into the floor puzzle. 
Step 7: Fig.4 and fig.5 shows the steps that are repeated each time an oak plank was placed on the floor.
Fig.4 Adjust color
Fig.5 Match grain and color
Step 8: Fig.6 shows the corner area that is finished.
Fig.6 Finish the corner
Step 9: Now the next area will be worked on, only the off colored pieces remained in the oak floor box.
Step 10: Fig.7 shows t
his piece went in easily and Liquid Nails adhesive was added to the edges of the floor lip.
Fig.7 Adhesive used for floor

Step 11: Fig.8 shows the side floor is finished with the off pieces of wood. A outline of the board that were placed can be seen.  But now Jo floor is finished and her family can enjoy their new flooring.
Fig.8 Missing flooring repaired

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