Hardwood flooring tongue and groove - Router Forums
Help
Require Assistance? Read the Beginners Guide to RouterForums.com
RouterForums.com - Router and Woodworking Discussion Community

Go Back   Router Forums > Routers > Router Bits - Types and Usage
IconIt appears you arenít a registered member of the Router Forums community. Why not spend less than a minute and register for the oldest and largest router and woodworking community on the web! Join in over 29,500 discussions with over 65,000 woodworkers. If youíre an experienced or beginner woodworker, your questions and knowledge is always warmly welcomed by our community. Register now for your FREE account!

Hardwood flooring tongue and groove

This is a discussion on Hardwood flooring tongue and groove within the Router Bits - Types and Usage forums, part of the Routers category; I am a lumber inspector at one of the largest sawmills in Michigan. I know ...


  • Replies: 24, Views: 3957

New Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-16-2013, 11:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Country: United States
First Name: Scott
Posts: 18
ScottM80 is on a distinguished road

Default Hardwood flooring tongue and groove
Report Post Report This Post!

I am a lumber inspector at one of the largest sawmills in Michigan. I know ALOT about wood but little about woodworking.

I purchased some rustic soft maple that I handpicked myself out of our
latest runs. At work I ripped it to width and planed it to 3/4"at for flooring. I know
soft maple has little shock resistance and will dent but this floor is for a remote cabin in Michigan's upper peninsula.



I have around 900 lineal feet to tongue and groove on my router table. What type of bit does somebody suggest for this job? Any other tips would be greatly appreciated!

ScottM80 is offline  
Sponsored Advertisement - Register now to remove this advertisement.
** Please be sure to read our Disclaimer at the bottom of the page. **

Advertisement

These advertisements are only displayed to guests, register now for your FREE account on the worlds largest router and woodworking community!
Old 06-16-2013, 11:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
Moderation Team
 
Semipro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Country: United States
First Name: John
Posts: 3,559
Semipro is on a distinguished road

Default
Report Post Report This Post!

Scott welcome to the form
There are a number of manufactures that make match sets of tongue and groove bits
Here is one rockler Rockler Flooring 2-Piece Router Bit Set - Amazon.com

Last edited by Semipro; 06-16-2013 at 11:50 PM. Reason: N
Semipro is online now  
Old 06-16-2013, 11:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Country: United States
First Name: Scott
Posts: 18
ScottM80 is on a distinguished road

Default
Report Post Report This Post!

How well do bits generally last? 900' is quite a big job.
ScottM80 is offline  
Old 06-17-2013, 12:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
Moderation Team
 
Semipro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Country: United States
First Name: John
Posts: 3,559
Semipro is on a distinguished road

Default
Report Post Report This Post!

The ones I told you about are carbide tip bits they should be able to do the job, and they can be sharpened. The router you use would be my biggest concern that many feet of lumber you will need a good unit ( up in the 3 hp range )and you will need router table with enough table surface to be able to control the length of the lumber
Semipro is online now  
Old 06-17-2013, 12:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
Moderation Team
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Country: Canada
First Name: Charles
Posts: 5,400
Cherryville Chuck will become famous soon enough

Default
Report Post Report This Post!

Hi Scott and welcome to the forum. You have a few choices to make. You can go for square tongue and groove like this set Router Bits, Saw Blades, CNC Router Bits, Shaper Cutters & More . Or you could go with tapered fit which is more common for flooring like is near the bottom of this page. Router Bits, Saw Blades, CNC Router Bits, Shaper Cutters & More

You will want to register the back side of your floor boards on the router table when you groove them and mark either which side goes up or which side goes down. There is a chance that the boards may not be be even from board to board after they have been laid for a while, so when you know that they have stabilized you will need to sand the surface flat.
__________________
Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
Cherryville Chuck is offline  
Old 06-17-2013, 12:38 AM   #6 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Country: United States
First Name: Scott
Posts: 18
ScottM80 is on a distinguished road

Default
Report Post Report This Post!

I have a good enough router but will need to make the table longer. What lengths should I cut my stock to? Right now they range from 6-10', mostly 10'.

Chuck, what do you mean by "register?" I have in mind the faces that I want up because of their character. Are you saying that I will have to mark the better face so they will all install the same way?

Money is an issue so I will likely have to go with a single piece bit.
ScottM80 is offline  
Old 06-17-2013, 01:04 AM   #7 (permalink)
Forum Liaison
 
Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Country: United States
First Name: Mike
Posts: 10,581
Mike is a jewel in the rough

Send a message via Skype™ to Mike
Default
Report Post Report This Post!

Scott, most flooring has a relief in the center of the bottom. I do not remember the reason for this but it was important for some reason. As far as the bits go I suggest you purchase Whiteside for this job. For 900' you will need at least two sets of bits and I would suggest three sets and returning the third set if not needed. If you want to try and get by on one set them you should buy a quality sharpening set like this one from Trend. (about $50) If you are near Detroit come see me and I will show you how to use it. You can email me by clicking on my name.
Attached Thumbnails
Hardwood flooring tongue and groove-diamond-sharpening.jpg  

__________________
Mike
"Living in the D" (this means Detroit!)
"It's fine to disagree with other members as long as you respect their opinions"
Mike is offline  
Sponsored Advertisements. Register to disable this advertisement.

Advertisement

Old 06-17-2013, 01:12 AM   #8 (permalink)
Forum Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Country: United States
First Name: Bj
Posts: 23,793
bobj3 has a brilliant futurebobj3 has a brilliant futurebobj3 has a brilliant futurebobj3 has a brilliant future

Default
Report Post Report This Post!

2 PC 1 2" SH Wedge Joint Tongue Groove Router Bit Set | eBay

===
__________________
"It's fine to disagree with other members as long as you respect their opinions"

Marc Sommerfeld Tools ,Videos
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT-n...RWaEpMA/videos

Find all threads started by bobj3
http://www.routerforums.com/search.php?searchid=944097


bobj3 is offline  
Old 06-17-2013, 01:14 AM   #9 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Country: United States
First Name: Scott
Posts: 18
ScottM80 is on a distinguished road

Default
Report Post Report This Post!

Does the shape of the groove matter much? Square or not?

Go wings!! I'm about 20min west if Lansing.
ScottM80 is offline  
Old 06-17-2013, 01:21 AM   #10 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Country: United States
First Name: Scott
Posts: 18
ScottM80 is on a distinguished road

Default
Report Post Report This Post!

As far as installation goes.... are there bits that are specifically made for flooring for nailing?
ScottM80 is offline  
New Reply

Go Back   Router Forums > Routers > Router Bits - Types and Usage
IconIt appears you arenít a registered member of the Router Forums community. Why not spend less than a minute and register for the oldest and largest router and woodworking community on the web! Join in over 29,500 discussions with over 65,000 woodworkers. If youíre an experienced or beginner woodworker, your questions and knowledge is always warmly welcomed by our community. Register now for your FREE account!



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Howdy! and a tongue and groove question rickbob Introductions 8 12-03-2010 02:03 PM
Biscuits vs Tongue and Groove Joints CanuckGal DIY and Renovation 9 04-22-2010 04:07 AM
New to the forum - Advise PLEASE about Tongue and Groove Flooring Darby Introductions 7 03-25-2007 05:07 PM
Spline vs. Tongue & groove wanart General Routing 1 02-28-2006 07:22 AM
Tongue and groove bits archer_456 General Routing 4 02-18-2005 06:51 AM