Monday, June 16, 2008

Goat Barn Flooring! Yes, I said "Goat Barn".

I paid a visit to a local building supply salvage yard looking for old barn siding for my cabin, and instead found the wood floor for my cabin. Its absolutely perfect! I bought 400 square feet of the stuff immediately.

2x4 Douglas Fir tongue-and-groove blind-nailed flooring which came from an old goat barn from the nearby campus of Washington State University!!! Most pieces came in 16' lengths, with some smaller pieces here and there. This goat barn was old, but this wood is in excellent shape. It needs to be sanded and maybe even passed through the thickness planer once or twice, but its gorgeous. There is still straw and hay and even dung compacted in the grooves. I love it! Talk about wood with an interesting story (and patina)!

Here is my trailer, loaded to the brim with two 400 square feet of the flooring:

The thickness of the flooring is great, because it means that I can kill two birds with one stone: Subfloor + finished flooring in one package. This wood is old, back when 2x4 was closer to a true 2"x4" than it is today. This stuff is about 1 5/8 thick and 3 3/4 inches wide.

The flooring was blind-nailed through the tongue in each board at about a 12" spacing. Therefore, there are no nail holes on the tops of the flooring. The picture below shows boards from both the top (no visible nail holes) and bottom (visible nail holes).


A pass on the planer and the belt sander for each board and a treatment of oil or wax, and this will be one gorgeous douglas fir floor! Some pieces will need to be culled, but this wood is in surprisingly good shape.


At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uhm, are you concerned that your cabin might end up smelling like goats? It only takes one billy goat to make a goat barn reek...

At 8:59 PM, Blogger neuwave said...

Haha. Not at all.

At 2:41 AM, Blogger Dave said...


At 2:45 AM, Blogger Dave said...

Hey Luke, What a Great job. I would love to see finised photos of the cabin when done. We have just started cutting our own frame. We are building a small get away cabin like yours way back in the woods on top of a 24" high ledge face. The deck is in and we hope to get the frame up there next week.
Have A Wonderful Day..


At 4:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Neuwave,
I enjoyed your blog tremendously.
A timber frame cabin like this is also my dream.
Could you please inform us about your progress.
Lots of wood,
The Netherlands.


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