Saturday, February 28, 2009

Birch Floor

Two weeks to install roughly two thousand square feet of birch flooring. That's a long time with four guys on the project, but this was no ordinary floor. The boards came in four widths: 4.25, 7.25, 9.25, and 11.25 inches. While leaving room for expansion at the walls, the floor needed to be fitted artfully where it met the fir posts. To have a finish fit on two ends of the same board is no easy task. I spent almost one hour fitting a board that notched around a post and had a hole for an electrical box. To have this board fit in three places took careful measuring, cautious cutting and lots of time. On the whole, though, it was an interesting, engaging process, and the floor is beautiful. It should be at more than $9 a square foot. With a tung oil finish it will be one the highlights of the house.
Two and a half months until we're back on our own project.

1 comment:

rodolph sheahan said...

Seems like you are getting a free education, learning things that you can use in Sedgewick, and get paid for it too. What a country. Wish we could have used that at Holy Cross. We never regretted a penny. Although how do flooring installation and Philosphy come together? At the corners?