A Dream Floor Made Possible archive

Tuesday 24 December 2013

Thanks to LOGOSOL machinery, Bjorn Einarsson was able to process the timber for his dream floor

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Bjorn Einarsson wanted real pine (Pinus spp.) flooring of wide, wedge-shaped boards, which were treated with linseed oil soap. He was not satisfied with just dreaming about it, so he bought a LOGOSOL Sawmill M8 and a LOGOSOL PH360 planer/moulder. Using this equipment, he was able to realise his dream and get the flooring he had always wanted.

Bjorn is a carpenter and an active forest owner in the village of Fagerashojd in Sweden. He runs a farm that has been in the family since 1796. The present dwelling house was built in 1862 and has been renovated several times. The last time was 20 years ago. "At that time, the children were small and we hadn't the opportunity of renovating it the way we wanted. We used chipboards and vinyl flooring," says Bjorn.

The machines for the job

But by this time, Bjorn and his wife Carola had a plan for the next renovation. They wanted really wide, wedge-shaped pine boards, which would feature as flooring throughout the whole house. The raw material for the flooring was found in their own forest, and they planned to hire

a local circular sawmill to cut the logs. "The circular sawmill could manage 80-100 logs a day, but the saw blade was too small for the desired, large dimensions," Bjorn explains. He already knew about LOGOSOL and their sawmills, so he decided to order an M8 sawmill, which was equipped with the E8000 electric saw unit.

The large-sized pine logs ended up on the sawmill. From them he cut rough-edged boards over 6.2m long, then left them to season in his home-made wood kiln with a drying unit from LOGOSOL. For planing the floorboards, Bjorn bought a LOGOSOL PH360 planer/moulder: "To machine really wide boards, you need a PH360," Bjorn states.

Using the PH360 planer/moulder

With the help of the PH360 planer/moulder, Bjorn was able to produce his own floorboards. After he had edged the seasoned boards, they were planed in the PH360 to the final thickness of 30mm. Back in the old days, floorboards were planed by hand. Considering the width of the boards, this had been the only alternative for Bjorn, if he had not bought the PH360.

The widest board was 400mm at the root end, and this takes a special planer/moulder. "I removed the side cutters and used the whole 510mm wide top cutter," Bjorn explains. Instead of making tongue and groove, he only cut grooves in the sides of the boards with a hand-held slotting cutter, and then conjoined the boards using loose tongue joints.

New kitchen flooring

In their big kitchen, flooring has now been put down. More timber is being seasoned, and the plan is to replace the chipboards and vinyl with pine flooring throughout the whole house.

There are some manufacturers of wide pine floorboards in Sweden, but Bjorn states that buying ready-to-use flooring costs as much as his entire investment in machinery. In addition, he is going to make mouldings, panelling and other wooden parts for further renovation. "If you have the right equipment, it's not hard to make your own flooring. In addition, it's fun," says Bjorn, who has finally got the floor he has dreamt of for over 20 years.


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The Numbers

LOGOSOL M8 Sawmill
Weight: 52kg without saw unit
Length: Standard length is 5.5m
Width: 600mm
Height: 1,000mm
Space between the log supports: 2,000mm
Maximum diameter of logs: 900mm
Maximum length of logs: Standard length is 5,100mm, but the sawmill can be extended to any length
Optional equipment: Gas chainsaws, electric chainsaws, guide bars, chains, log house moulders, etc.
Price: From £2,090
LOGOSOL PH360 planer/moulder
Length and width: 2,970 x 1,125mm
Height: 1,430mm
Weight: 600kg
Output: 0.75kW
Total output: 16.25kW
Comes with four- and two-sided moulding and straight planing; top horizontal, side and bottom horizontal cutters
Price: £10,620

About Logosol

LOGOSOL is a Swedish-based international company developing and selling unique machines and services within wood processing and woodworking. With innovative and affordable solutions, the company has visibly changed forestry and woodworking for more than 20 years. The products are known for simplicity of design, reliability and efficiency. See more about their chain sawmills, band sawmills, planer/moulders and joinery machines on their website.