|This is the mockup of our border design which is 10 3/4 wide and based on a historic design.|
|Lots of measuring and some preliminary layouts held determine the border size and general direction the floor will be installed|
|Miters are important on corners like around the fireplace hearth. Every nail will need to be countersunk and filled prior to sanding.|
The border is being pre-assembled in sections. You can see a mockup of the border in the photo at the top of the blog. Note the 1/4 inch 'line' added between the first two pieces to add interest. I found this material at the local home improvement store already milled to a perfect match with the flooring depth. The parquet inlay are composed of 3 inch pieces. A combination of different stains will be used to give all of this visual interest. The Border sections will be laid out on a 'sticky material' so they can be transported easily. This pre-assembly makes install easier. A special note, all the small pieces shoudl be predilled to prevent splitting of the wood. I made a special jig to hold several of these at one so they can be srilled with my drill press set up with a drill bit just slightly smaller than the nail.
AM I CRAZY? Absolutely not. This is a very labor intensive process but given that just one room of pre-made flooring and border would cost me several thousand dollars my material cost is roughly 38 cents a square foot! In this case well worth the effort. Also this is a very 'green' project as the wood used is made from sections of good wood to small to mill into conventional size boards. Much more to come as this project moves along.