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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-12-2012, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody tried making floorboards from kiln dried oak? Properly routed and finished they would be durable, skidproof and good looking!

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I hear banjo music.........













And why stop there, make the whole thing out of wood. Perhaps start small...something say, like a scooter:
http://www.carpintariacarlosalberto....pa_daniela.htm



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That's already been done! Actually the kiln dried oak would be stronger than some of the diamond tread ones Ii've seen done. I know it sounds hoakie, but so didn't the idiea of usiing LED side markers for turn siignals until I mounted them in sardine cans....actually looked good.

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As a matter of fact, I need to post some pics on here of some of the more economical improvements I've made instead of going the trendy route of buying off the shelf! Like my old friend Fernando Lamas use to say, it's better to work good than to look good.........or was that Jesse James that said that?

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Hey... My first floorboard was a cast iron grate from a BBQ smoker box I found at Lowes with a cut up welcome mat on top:
http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/knifemaker1954/1490867020/

But I progressed to a more suitable material. (3/8 aluminum plate)

Only real problem with wood is it doesn't do well in wet weather. It's great for fabbing up a prototype as it's alot easier to work, but it just doesn't last.

What be better is that white plastic they make cutting boards from. Totally waterproof, anti rot, anti bacterial and light weight. Very strong too. You could just machine grooves in the top for traction.

Maybe they make it in black too?

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On the wood, cut it to shape, quarter round the outside edge, stain it, polyurethane it, cut out outdoor step tread to use against slippage and wallah! Then again, they did film the movie Deliverance right down the road here! They also filmed Thunder Road here, but Ii digress!

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I think I'd use marine grade plywood and spar varnish..

And I have to say you're not the first person that's thought of making floorboards out of wood. I think one or two have actually done it. I know one set did end up breaking on them.

I was going to make a set out of those "big foot" gas pedals...
http://www.speedwaymotors.com/Barefo...over,1189.html

But I couldn't find a "left" foot.

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I was worrieid about that breakage thing too so I thought of routing out a place on the bottom for some metal that would add strength. I have a piece of 1/4 plate steel that isi long enough but only about 4 iniches wide, not wide enough for a floorboard, but good enough for support. I meant to say spar varnish, polyurethane doesn't do well outside. I don't like plywood, marine or otherwise, eventually iit wiill bend iin the heat or wet and here it is humidi and hot in the summer. At least I could make a set to use until I can find somethinig else. Thanks for the input though.

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I know it sounds hoakie
No it dont...Ive made LOTS of things from wood...jar openers, hubcaps, etc...I think I'd use hickory or black walnut rather than oak though. Theyre more like teak and have a tighter grain (Im very well versed in teak). Id also band the edge with steel or aluminum (copper or brass would be cool) and bond it to a thin aluminum plate. You could rout out grip areas, then fill with thin vaccuum line epoxyed in.
And no, I aint been drinkin. Still's been gone for 10 yrs now. And Ive seen some nice customs made using wood...if its done right....etc...

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.........or was that Jesse James that said that?
Hope not.....any moron who supports that new show "Devil's Ride" is more of a nutcase than I thought. Jesse has a lotta talent, but he's a headcase.



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