I’m having some logging done and am fortunate enough to have some beautiful, old growth ash that I’m having saw and kiln-dried for flooring. Because I’m a glutton for punishment (and I’m cheap), I don’t want to pay $50/hour to have this milled into flooring.
I’m thinking about buying a heavy duty planer (Jet, Powermatic, or Delta) for surfacing, then running the tongues and grooves on the ash with a dado set on my Jet cabinet saw.
Am I crazy? There is 3500 square feet (approximately 11,000 lineal feet) of flooring to mill, but I won’t have to do it all at once. I’m hoping to have the ash edge-joined so I have a surface to start from.
Does anyone know of any molding-type machines (I’ve looked at the standards I could think of) that would plane and run the t/g on the flooring?
Any insight is appreciate. It’s going to be one HUGE pile of ash…