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What's Your Process for Making Flooring?
« on: July 08, 2018, 09:16:18 PM »
In the very near future I am going to start making flooring for my new addition and renovation.   This will be a first for me.   I have the Woodmaster 718 (18") molder planer with the 3 sided attachment that uses a pair of 3.5 hp  Milwaukee routers for the tongue and groove.   

What I don't know is the sequence of steps.     I want to end up with 3/4" thick boards that are 4"-6" wide.   I assume I should rip then all to width first, yes?  

Would it be better to rip width on the table saw or set up the Woodmaster gang saw?   My rough cut lumber is all 6-7 inches wide.   Should I joint one edge first? 

Do I plane the kiln dried boards to a specific thickness first, then do the back relief cut?    

When I do the pass for the tongue and groove should I also be planning the top side to the finish thickness at the same time?

Any suggestions or details on the sequence I should be doing this is appreciated.    I will be needing several thousand square feet of finished flooring.   Part of it will be ash and the rest will be red & white oak. 
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Re: What's Your Process for Making Flooring?
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2018, 10:51:38 PM »
I would definitely plane at least one side first, prefer both sides, then do the tongue and groove to make sure the tongue and groove are centered. You definitely want to rip the feed stock to close to the finished size before doing anything. I have one of those planers in my shop for re-build. The owner tried to hog off over 1/2 inch of board width in one pass, making flooring. Them milwaukee routers are tough, but not that tough. Smoked both routers and did some other damage as well, like smoked the feed speed box and maybe the feed motor. Especially with ash, I would want the feed stock to be no more than 1/8 inch over width..Keep the lengths short, like no more than 8 ft...For that much flooring, I would assume you are using 3/4 inch shank carbide router bits... Biscuit joint /tongue and groove the ends ?   I don't..except on really wide planks...Couple of my flooring projects, water oak. All the dust is from sanding,



 

 
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Re: What's Your Process for Making Flooring?
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2018, 10:55:51 PM »
I am watching this. :P
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Re: What's Your Process for Making Flooring?
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2018, 11:59:10 PM »
Guess I am kinda spoiled, I just run the dry lumber through my edger to straight line both edges at the same time then pass the blanks through my 4 head moulder, and flooring comes out the other side.

Happens in a sort of  "chickens go in, pies come out" kind of way.  ;D
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Re: What's Your Process for Making Flooring?
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2018, 06:07:10 AM »
Somebody been watching chicken run a few to many times haha

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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2018, 08:08:16 AM »
Loved that movie!! :D It's all in me head!
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Re: What's Your Process for Making Flooring?
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2018, 08:59:28 AM »
So far I gather that I need to dimension my boards first to make this all work.  If I understand these are the basic steps: 

1 - Straight line rip the boards to pre-tongue & groove width.

2 - Mill lose to the target thickness with planer.

3 - Mill back relief cut and tongue & groove in same pass through 3-sided molding process.

Did I get this right?


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Re: What's Your Process for Making Flooring?
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2018, 09:10:19 AM »
When you straight line be sure to allow for the material you will remove when creating the tongue and groove. Also, don't forget the tongue will remove  1/4" of face width. I allow 1/8" for side removal as well. So I oversized by 3/8" over my target show face width. 
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