Hey guys and gals.
I am starting my first attempt at finish level woodworking. I am a metal worker by trade. Starting with aviation maintenance in the Navy, and moving to industrial construction and maintenance after. My first project is a new his and hers computer desk.
Long story short on the source of the flooring. The maple flooring is from a local skating rink that was torn down after a flood. My wife and I met there. So, there is a bit of sentimental value in this flooring.
On to the meat and potatoes of this thread. Getting the layout and such for the boards is not the hard part. But, these boards are probably 60+ years old. They have some bend and twist. After they were salvaged, the tongue and grooves were remilled. So, those fit fairly tight. I read on one website that when making a slab from tongue and groove flooring, one should not glue that joint, but attach it to another piece underneath such as hardboard or plywood. Edge glueing the T&G joints will cause cracking. Is there truth to this?
Also, for essentially an 8-foot long panel, what would you guys consider the minimum number of clamps? I know that you can’t have too many clamps. Just trying to determine if I can do it at home without spending more money on clamps, or if I need to head to the maker space to use some of theirs. The boards are a close to 1 3/4″ wide on the top face.