Cordwood Flooring by Sunny in sunny Arizona

Sunny Pettis Lutz  send some photos of her gorgeous, hand-made cordwood floor.  The following is a detailed list of how they made their floor with legal pickings from the state forest.   “Go out to the forest and harvest dead trees. In our area that means Juniper and Pine.  We are using Shaggy Bark Juniper and Alligator Bark Juniper.”

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Sunny is laying out the hardwood discs.

Cordwood flooring by Sunny Pettis Lutz in Cornville, AZ 2 step by step instrucitonsRun each piece through the chop saw set at 1″.

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Prepare surface by sweeping and mopping clean. We are gluing directly onto our concreet slab.  Sand both sides using a belt sander.Begin to layout disks on the floor. Try to get them as close as possible. Work in 2′ sections.

Cordwood flooring by Sunny Pettis Lutz in Cornville, AZ 2 step by step instrucitons work on 2 foot section at a time

Glue the pieces down and firmly tamp them.  We’re using Loctite PL Premium Construction Adhesive.

Cordwood flooring by Sunny Pettis Lutz in Cornville, AZ

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Apply a light coat of polyurethane to the surface of the disks (this is to prevent the grout from adhering to the tops).

Grout the spaces between the slices with a mix of 80% tile grout, 20% sawdust.  Your local flooring store will have many options.

Apply 2-3 coats of polyurethane to finish.

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Here is a detailed list of how Sunny and her husband Tony made this beautiful cordwood floor!

Cordwood Flooring Instructions by Sunny Pettis Lutz & Tony.

  1. If you don’t have wood you can access on  your property, then go to your local Forest Service office or ranger station and buy a wood harvesting permit.
  2. Pack your pick-up tuck with gloves, chainsaw(s), ax, come along an other tools as necessary.
  3. Go out to the forest and harvest dead trees. In our area (Arizona) that means Juniper and Pine. Pine and Juniper can be taken while standing. We are using Shaggy Bark Juniper and Alligator Bark Juniper.
  4. Look for wood close to the road on the uphill side. No one wants to be dragging these logs from the down-slope side.
  5. Cut down the dead wood using tools from step 2.
  6. Attach Forest permit to wood and take it home.
  7. Sort what will be lumber and what is just good for firewood.
  8. Cut logs into manageable size.
  9. Run each piece through the chop saw set at 1″.
  10. Sort ‘disks’ for usable ones vs bad ones.
  11. Remove any loose bark either by hand using a chisel or scraper.
  12. Prepare floor surface by sweeping and mopping. We are gluing the slices directly onto our concrete slab.
  13.  Sand both sides using a belt sander.
  14. Begin to layout disks on the floor. Try to get them as close as possible. Work in 2′ sections.
  15. Glue the layout you have chosen. We’re using Loctite PL Premium Construction Adhesive.
  16. Repeat.
  17. Sand using a belt sander until everything is smooth and level.
  18. Use shop vac to cleanup all dust and debris.
  19. Apply a light coat of polyurethane to the surface of the disks. (this is to prevent the grout from adhering to the faces).
  20. Grout the spaces with a mix of 80% tile grout, 20% sawdust.
  21.  Apply 2-3 coats of polyurethane to finish.

More pictures of Sunny & Tony’s floor.
Cordwood Flooring Sunny in Sunny Arizona

Do you think that Sunny & Tony raise chickens?  What brought you to that conclusion?

Sunny Pettis Lutz new floor pix 3

Sunny Pettiz Lutz Cordwood floor 10 with logoClick to see the  other article on Cordwood Flooring .

Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   While you are there, click on the pictures, read the brief articles, check out the latest workshops and newsletter and if you are interested click on the Online Bookstore to see all the cordwood literature available in print and ebook format.Cordwood Construction Best Practices Front_Cover_-_CC_Best_Practices small pixelsIf you have questions that aren’t answered on the website you can email me at richardflatau@gmail.com  

Readers have requested a brief bio, so here goes:

“Richard & Becky Flatau built their mortgage-free cordwood home in 1979 in Merrill, Wisconsin. Since then, they have written books, conducted workshops, facilitated the 2005,  2011 and 2015 Cordwood Conferences and provided consultation for cordwood builders.  Cordwood Construction: Best Practices and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.   www.cordwoodconstruction.org

 

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6 responses to “Cordwood Flooring by Sunny in sunny Arizona

  1. Reblogged this on The Reclamation Administration and commented:
    Beautiful and incredibly informative!

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