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"Cobblewood" Floor - grout

Posted by Kris Abshire on August 15th, 1999 10:09 PM
In reply to When I said "mastic" I meant "grout" by Kathy on January 7th, 1998 08:11 PM [Go to top of thread]

Hi, Kathy
I'm about to do this floor myself, in our new house.
Never having even heard about "cobblewood" flooring,
I've been going on the advice of a dear friend who
did this in her house years ago. She sent instructions
in minute detail for me. Her "grout" is plain ol'
white glue & sawdust. Over the years and through
the seasons, this floor has become more and more
beautiful, as the fir pieces age. Occasionally,
with changes in humidity, some of the pieces "open
up", sometimes pieces "close", sometimes they
"separate". She doesn't fret, just mixes a little
glue & sawdust & spreads it in the cracks. No big
deal. Personally, this appeals to me a lot. It's
not what is considered perfect by today's somewhat
homogenized, generic standards for that spit & polish
manufactured look, but each floor, done in one's
preference of size, pattern, wood type, etc., makes
for, in my view, a floor with lots of character.
Soooooo, when I finish mine, I'll let all know how
it went.
P.S. My friend put hers down over standard sub floor,
with forced are heating. Mine will be over gypcrete
and radiant in-floor heat.....don't expect a big

P.S. II My first big obstacle is finding a saw big
enough to cut 6x6's - am thinking of asking a local
sawmill........anyone have other ideas?

Kris Abshire

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