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Gaugesquared 07-22-2012 10:52 AM

Wine cork flooring
 
I've been collecting wine corks to make flooring out of. I can't find much info on how to do it though. My plan is to cut them into 1/4 inch rounds, stick them onto contact paper for easier layout, spread an adhesive on the subfloor, place the 'tiles' on the adhesive, and and then seal with something. Does this sound like it'll work? Any recommendations for the adhesive and the sealant?

creeper 07-22-2012 11:00 AM

Maybe I'm missing something, but did you say for a dollhouse? Wouldn't it be easier and cheaper to just buy cork flooring. If not then bottoms up
Cheers

DangerMouse 07-22-2012 11:08 AM

Some cork flooring manufacturers use remnants from making wine corks to make their flooring. (GOOD FOR THEM!) However, there is much more to it than just gluing it together an walking upon it. The final finish is what you walk on, not cork. Your idea will likely result in failure.

DM

rusty baker 07-22-2012 11:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Gaugesquared (Post 971632)
I've been collecting wine corks to make flooring out of. I can't find much info on how to do it though. My plan is to cut them into 1/4 inch rounds, stick them onto contact paper for easier layout, spread an adhesive on the subfloor, place the 'tiles' on the adhesive, and and then seal with something. Does this sound like it'll work? Any recommendations for the adhesive and the sealant?

You would have to coat the floor with poly, I don't see the point of making a flooring this way. I recently saw a floor covered with pennies. Didn't look good and the pennies would probably have bought a better flooring product. Probably the same way with the corks, for the price of a couple of good bottles of wine, you could buy some decent flooring.

Gaugesquared 07-22-2012 04:20 PM

I work in a location where I can tons of corks for free. Therefore, free flooring, other than the cost for the other material.

Why wouldn't this work?

creeper 07-22-2012 04:24 PM

I'm not trying to be negative on purpose, but laying a floor is a lot of work in the first place. Doing it by the 1/4 inch seems awfully labour intensive to me.
A floor person is better suited to discuss the other aspects of it
Good luck and have fun with your project

Awoodfloorguy 07-22-2012 04:32 PM

I think that this could definitely work. However, I would probably glue them right to the floor or maybe find some sort of a mesh backing like you find on mosaic tiles. A wood flooring adhesive would likely work to adhere them to the subfloor. You would only want to use a very small amount, possibly applying the glue to each individual piece of cork. This way you would not see all of the excess glue that would be in the areas between tiles. Many cork floors need to be coated after installation, so coating them should not be an issue either. I would use an oil based polyurethane. My only concern is the puddles of poly that go into the areas between the pieces of cork. This makes me consider the possibility of using a pour on self leveling sort of finish or maybe even epoxy. Best of luck with your project and please post pictures.

Woodbury 08-06-2012 08:31 PM

This actually sounds kind of cool and would be a good conversation topic. I suggest testing it on a piece of plywood first.

BabsHoney 08-06-2012 08:46 PM

I agree this would look really cool. I have seen "tiles" you can buy that are rounds made out of corks and they look amazing!
Please post pictures if you do it, I am very anxious to see how it turns out!


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