Twin Oaks is popular enough that we’ve been at or near pop cap for a bit and for the foreseeable future, but that means there’s not much time or space for necessary room improvements since rooms aren’t vacant for very long. Each Twin Oaks member is guaranteed their own room and while it’s expected that it may be a bit of a funky style, it’s also expected to have basic functionality, such as…a floor.
One room in downstairs Oneida has sadly been lacking in this area until it became a priority and now has an awesome new floor using an interesting technique: plywood cut into planks! We used a circular saw for the cutting, then put the planks through the planer/moulder/sander at EC to make the tops nice, sanded the edges with a handheld power sander, nailed the boards in with a finish nail gun, and coated it with one coat of sanding sealer and three coats of polyurethane. Added a nice white trim around the edge and it looks like a whole new room 🙂
The sanding by handheld electric sander took a fair amount of time, but the cost is under half of what it cost to buy cheap pre-made planks. So if you have time and tools but are short on cash, this seems like a good way to go. Time will tell about how well it holds up and if modifications (such as thicker or higher grade plywood) are needed for long-term upkeep. We used the extra boards for the hallway in Aurora, so we’ll also see how it holds up in a more heavily trafficked area. Yay for nice things!