Monte Loomis sent pictures and a video of his new method of laying cordwood flooring.  Needless to say, I was blown away by the beauty of his self-described “Jig-Saw Puzzle method.”

“For my end grain floor, I used 3/4 inch-thick white cedar. Each piece was cut to fit into the next. About 700 pieces were used. After I cut and fit all of the pieces together, I numbered each piece and pulled them all up.”

Next, I glued them down with DriTac Moisture Block 4-In-1 Flooring Adhesive and I also used Bostic Ultra Grip Moisture Control Adhesive.”

“Gluing the floor down was like putting a big jigsaw puzzle together. Next step was the finish. I started with two coats of Minwax fast drying polyurethane for floors.  Before I grouted l put two coats of the Minwax poly finish on the cordwood slices. I grouted the cracks and splits with Tec-Power Grout (Ivory Colored). Next, I lightly sanded the floor with 220 grit sandpaper. Then one more coat of Minwax polyurethane (for floors).”

(Below) Portable bandsaw set-up for cutting the notches in the cordwood slices.

“For the mortar in my cordwood walls, I used Cellulose Enhanced Mortar (CEM by master cordwood builder Tom Huber). The mortar mix is described in detail in your book Cordwood Construction Best Practices & the Cordwood Workshop DVD. I emailed you before I started and you helped me understand the mix.”

“I must say, I am very happy with that mortar mix. Not being a carpenter I was pretty nervous about starting this project. I am very happy with how it turned out. I studied your books and Rob’s for two years before starting. Having much more confidence in my building skills I have started making end grain tables. I just love the look of cordwood and end grain log ends.”  * Additional instructions at the end of this post.

Monte Loomis  www.cleanskulls.com

Cordwood Flooring Video by Monte Loomis  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sR4M8AuaA1A

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*Additional information from Monte, should you wish to try this at home:  I first cut the slices on a friend’s portable sawmill, then I sanded them with a jet drum sander. This brought them all to exactly 3/4 of an inch.

When the pieces were all cut and fitted together on the floor, I numbered them on top. I numbered them left to right in rows from one side of the building to the other and each piece had two numbers, one the left side and one on the right. Example- first three pieces were numbered 1 2, 2 3, 3 4 When I put it back together and glued it down the 2 and the 2  side by side, next pieces 3 & 3, side by side and so on. Once everything was glued to the floor. I sanded the whole floor with an orbital sander. It didn’t take much sanding because I had already put them through the drum sander. My cedar logs were cut and debarked over a year before I used them. After I sliced them they sat in my garage for 6 months. They were dry enough that I couldn’t get a moisture reading on them. I am guessing they were lower than 5%. Before I grouted l put two coats of the Minwax poly finish on the cordwood slices. I am so happy I did. The excess grout wiped off easily with a damp cloth. Two coats of Minwax poly floor finish before grouting is the reason the grout wiped up so easy. Next was a quick sanding with an orbital sander with 220 grit sandpaper as recommended on the Minwax can, so my last finish coat will bond better. The sanding removed also the numbers that I wrote on the top of each piece.”  -Monte Loomis  www.cleanskulls.com