Many hours were spent deciding on which type of flooring would be best suited for the WQ4RP remote radio shack.
In the end, southern yellow pine 1″x 6″ lumber won out, as this is the same type of flooring I installed in my log home almost forty years ago, and I knew this type of flooring would send the message that you are now entering a special place.
The pine boards were installed over a red vapor barrier. The vapor barrier limits the amount of moisture that can migrate into the shack from the ground. The pine boards were just a few inches longer than the 12′ length of the building, so with a little trimming the installation went quickly. This is not tongue and groove– I simply selected the straightest boards I could find at my local Home Depot Lumber Department and arranged the boards for minimal gapping. This method worked out very well.
It took about three hours to trim and lay out all the boards. I allowed the loose flooring to acclimate a couple days before screwing each board into the floor joists. Here’s the floor after the first sanding:
After final sanding and puttying the screw holes, the floor was sealed with four coats of urethane based Spar varnish, which resulted in a beautiful protective finish that enhances the natural yellow pine color and texture.
I then turned my attention to the operating table. Seeing how well the floor turned out, I decided to use the same lumber to build the operating table. First a frame was built out of 2 x 4’s, which was secured to the wall studs.
I screwed the pine boards into the underlying support frame and used natural colored wood putty to cover the screw holes. Here’s the finished product after final sanding and four layers of Spar varnish.
This floating table is roughly 32″D x 82″W and ended up being strong enough that I could put all my weight on the front edge without any flexing.
A couple shelves will be installed above the table as time permits.
BTW, I am not a carpenter. If I can do this, anyone can!
In the next installment, we’ll share some of the current work that is going on at Excalibur regarding a comprehensive lightning protection grounding system that uses hundreds of feet of ground wire and thirty ground rods.
72 de Paul, AA4XX