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Old 10-05-2012, 08:04 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by DangerMouse View Post
In a word, yes. Remember though that the top coating factories apply is aluminium oxide which is quite hard. Poly will hold well, but is not quite as hard.
Strange..... isn't "engineered" or "laminated" flooring crappy wood with VENEER on top? Obviously, this product cannot be sanded more than a fraction to be refinished, and neither could what you propose with VENEER plywood. However, in homes for mature adults, I see no reason why it would not work out just fine and last a good long time, provided you apply numerous coats of finish to protect it. I'd also suggest area rugs in high traffic areas.

No engineered wood is not crappy it is a very good ply with no voids and yes it can be sanded and refinished. The diff in it and regular hardwood is the engineered can only be refinished twice unless your very lucky then you may get 3 times, where regular hardwood can be finished several times. On veneered plywood the veneer is only about 1/32nd thick. I don' think I would like the look or the durability, but hey I've been wrong before. Really am curious how it turns out though.


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Old 05-02-2013, 01:46 PM   #17
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Plywood Plank Flooring works great!

I say 'go for it'. My husband and I just completed our bedroom with plywood planks and I'd do it all over again. It looks and feels great! We had the same carpeting in our condo bedroom for the past 15 years and wanted a new look. We didn't want to do carpeting again so heard about this idea and found it to be quite economical and easy to do. I purchased the lowest grade plywood (3/8" thickness) at home depot and the guys there were friendly enough to cut it for me - no charge. I had each board cut in 6" plank widths and hauled it home in a uhaul van. I left it stacked for a week or so inside (just procrastination) and then laid it out in the bedroom to gauge which piece I wanted in different locations (ie; grain, knots, etc.) I made random cuts with a chop saw, laying it out to ensure that each piece would fit. I left a small space between the boards for a consistent plank appearance (I eye-balled it) and then when all of the pieces were in place, I picked each one up individually, zig-zagged liquid nails on the back and slapped it back into place. Tacked a couple of finishing nails in on each end and anywhere else I thought needed additional tacking and it is sturdy, hard and we love it. We decided to go with a Swedish pickled look so used a paint/water wash and then covered it in a water-based Varathane with a satin finish. We love it and would do it again. The rest of our place has Pergo flooring, which we like as well but the cost of doing it ourselves with plywood vs. the Pergo (which was professionally installed) was well worth the effort. I'm actually having visions of doing an old farmhouse in this same style or a cottage floor, etc. Try it - if you're looking for a stylish, economical substitution for high-priced flooring, you won't regret it.

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Old 05-02-2013, 02:46 PM   #18
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Looks good now......wait a few months.....those edges are not going to wear well....something will catch it...peel it up.....

Don't even want to think about splinters....

Sorry....but I just don't see it as a viable long term floor...
Even if you are on the right track, you will still get run over if you just sit there.

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The biggest problem I see is that with liquid nails you will never be able to get the plywood off if you decided to go in another direction.


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