I have solid wood maple flooring in my home. It is 3/4 thick, T&G. I also have this great CNC machine called a GO TORCH
It is intended to be used with a plasma cutting torch, but it is amazingly accurate as a CNC router, with the John Derby Router Adapter mounted to the carriage. Their larger machines (The PlasmaCAM DHC2 4'x4' table, and the 'Big Brother', the SAMSON 510 CNC table 5'x10') have their own legs and grates to lay down material, but this GO TORCH sits flat ON the material to be cut. 🤔
So I got to thinking ... It is always dangerous when I get to thinking .... WHAT IF I were to fasten this GO TORCH to a spot at the entrance to my home, and route a pocket directly into the maple flooring for the purpose of a beautiful wood inlay of a Compass Rose?
I know it is a risk, as ANY error by the machine or the program could %$^&* up my wood floor, causing a huge headache. But I am pretty good with a router on the PlasmaCAM tables, and so I am thinking that a compass rose made of a variety of exotic woods that are cut, shaped and carefully placed into a pocket that is then filled with resin would be an awesome addition to the home.
Has anyone ever done this? I know there are nails beneath the surface of the wood floor. The inlay would probably be 3/16" deep at best. I believe this would keep the router bit above any nail heads that are buried into the tongue and groove of the various boards. If I find a nail head, I can replace the router bit 😖 and use a nail driver to bury it deeper.
I am fortunate enough to have several cases of the same flooring in my workshop. I am TERRIBLE at estimating need, so when I bought enough flooring to rip up the paper white carpeting this home HAD, to replace it with matching maple flooring that makes my bachelor pad FAR easier to clean now, I only had 14 cases of flooring left over. 🥴
As a last resort, if I totally mess up the project, I could square off the error, and lay in some nice tile, or maybe a resin pour to hide the boo boo.
What are your thoughts on this? Is it too big of a project for a rank amateur to tackle? I have laid plexiglass into wood and wood into sign foam, so I am familiar with creating the design so the pieces fit. I thought about using dramatically different woods that would make the rose POP. Or I could go the conservative discreet route and use similar woods, allowing only the change in the wood grain pattern to reveal the rose.
I also thought about random circles that would have Morgan Silver Dollars embedded into the floor, or things like old soup spoons and forks, and such.
I am looking at this as a winter project, when it is too cold to work out in the shop. I sure could use a nice compass rose pattern to work from too.
The alternative would be a geographically appropriate graphic, such as a deer or two under trees, or a hunter and his dog, but I am thinking about resale value too. My home is is Franklin, KY., south of Bowling Green. That is why I quickly rejected "Welcome to the JONES Residence"
as was suggested to me some time ago. I figured that would drastically reduce the home's resale value!