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Old 01-09-2012, 01:55 PM   #1
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Hello All,

I am a novice with some good tools and a lot of patience! I've laid my downstairs bedroom hardwood floors and I am now tackling my loft.

I am installing pre-finished bamboo tongue and grove in my upstairs loft. The room is about 16x16 and has an open side with a railing that over looks the living room. The other side of the loft has the stairs and another small open side.

I have extra stair nose that I wanted to use on these open sides. In order to use this nose, I would have to reverse the direction of the t/g with spline or start my boards from an interior wall with closets. My question(s) - am I making this job very difficult by trying to use up the nose and making the new slip tongue? Should I just use a different material on the open side that over looks the living room? If so, what do you guys recommend for this lip?

Thanks for your help and advice -

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I obviously am having a brain gap because I can't quite figure out the question.
Is it something as simple as ripping off a tongue or datto-ing a new groove?
Probably not that simple.

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I obviously am having a brain gap because I can't quite figure out the question.
Is it something as simple as ripping off a tongue or datto-ing a new groove?
Probably not that simple.

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Yes, I suppose it could be that easy! I just don't trust my router skills or my ability to make slip tongue as of yet, so I am asking if I should dive in and learn how to make the tongue and then the new grooves or if I should just use a different way of covering the open edge of the loft other than the stair nose I initially thought I would use.
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Are you saying that you can't butt the plank tight to a trim (your bullnose) because of the tongue?
Find a friend with a table saw and a couple other hands.
So simple a child could do it (at least my son can).
And you might go to a trim or lumber place and look at the different kinds of trim they have.
Maybe a chair rail or something.
They make 3/4" outside corner trim that would actually cap the floor, so your rip would actually be covered, allowing for an imperfect tongue ripping. (exactly like a tongue lashing, except totally opposite)

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Thank you - I just saw the rest of your post.

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