Reusing Salvaged Gym Floor
I recently finished, with the help of a few true friends, removing 8000 sq. ft. of maple gymnasium flooring from a local high school that is being demolished. We removed it one board at a time and it mostly came out surprisingly well with the exception of frequent breakage of end grooves. My question is would it be acceptable to cut the ends clean at a very slight bevel to reinstall them rather than milling new tongue and groove ends. This is 2 1/4″ x 1″ material varying in lengths to 12′. This pertains to residential applications only.
It'll be a more stable instalation if you recut the T&G.
Many times t&g is installed with simple clean cut ends. If it was for yourself I'd install it and not worry.
On the other hand if the installation was for a client and it was imperitive that the floor be as absolutely flat and secure as possible, then I'd recut the t&g on the ends, or use a spline.
That's a good excuse to buy a biscuit joiner.
Love my maple relay floors.
> That's a good excuse to buy a biscuit joiner <
I agree. Cut the ends perfectly square, use biscuits to align and reinforce them. Quick, failsafe, done during installation.