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Reply #15 - Oct 29th, 2012 at 6:14pm
 
Update - I said that I would give a report back on how slippery the floor is underfoot when turning:

When turning wood that is green, I have no issue and I find that if there are turnings underfoot or not, I have good grip.

When turning very dry wood, I have found that it can be a bit slick.  However, when I experience this condition I find that I can fix it by cleaning off the bottoms of my shoes or getting MORE larger shavings under me (it is the finer dust that really causes the slick condition).

For me, it is well worth the ease of cleaning.  If I had to do it over, I would not change a thing (unless it woudl be to try a latex paint rather than oil based to avoid the stink).

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Reply #16 - Oct 29th, 2012 at 10:59pm
 
Very good.  Thanks for sharing.
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Reply #17 - Jan 8th, 2013 at 11:37pm
 
Is it just me, or would that 2436 make ANY floor look fantastic??   smiley=thumbsup.gif

Tom, I see you are from Anchorage, any relation to Alaska Rep. John Coghill?
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Reply #18 - Jan 10th, 2013 at 9:44am
 
I just moved to Connecticut and have a 24 x24 garage area that I'm turning into my woodworking shop. I painted the floor with epoxy paint $34.00 a gallon,, took me 2 1/2 gallons to do. I did have the option to tile it, but that would have been slippery with the sawdust and wood shavings. I just started turning, but have been carving and working with wood for 35 years. I think turning is about to take over, really enjoying it. Back to the floor,,definitly painted is better especially for sweeping up.
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Reply #19 - Jan 10th, 2013 at 12:05pm
 
Any sealed, painted or epoxied floor can get slippery, what you can live with is up to you. I use the haevy perferated rubber floor mats by all my machines. They keep me from slipping and are anti-fatigue to a point. Lathe chips don't really got to slippery IMO, but if you do any extensive cutting of MDF it's like an ice rink. The dust from that stuff is amazing, a combination of wood and adhesive resin somehow results in a new anti-friction compound. The thought of doing a split while holding a running circular saw was all I needed to get my first mats.
I have ones similar to these, althouh I bought mine at Sams for about half that price.
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Reply #20 - Jan 10th, 2013 at 2:34pm
 
I'll look into them,,they are at Lowes and Home Depot too I think,,,Thanks
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Reply #22 - Jan 11th, 2013 at 6:24am
 
I was just in Lowes today picking up venting pipe for the pellet stove I put in the garage, and saw the mats there. I think I may get a few packs of them for the lathe, table saw and drill press area. Thanks
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Reply #23 - Jan 11th, 2013 at 2:00pm
 
Been using a similar mat from Harbor Freight for a long time myself.  They sure do cut down on the cold being transmitted up through my boots during the winter.  They also lend a good bit more energy for turning by not causing me to get so tired standing on a cement floor.  As for clean up, when I do bother, I simply pick up the mats, give a quick sweep, and lay the mats right back down between the legs of the lathe.  When by chance I want to just gather up the heavy stuff, the curlies and dust sweep off the mat with ease, nearly as easy as the concrete.
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Reply #24 - Jan 11th, 2013 at 9:51pm
 
I would do the same thing with the heavy stuff,,,but I do have a cat that likes to use my heavy stuff if I don't sweep and vacuum the area,,,but at least that keeps me after my mess,,LOL
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Reply #25 - Jan 12th, 2013 at 12:04pm
 
I apinted my floor with the two-part epoxy.  I have not had a problem with shaving/sawdust causing a slippy problem.  However there have been some small areas (2/3 foot diameter) that you could not stand on.  I just poured a little acohol and wipe it with towels and took care of the probel.  never have figured out what I spilled on it.
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Reply #26 - Jan 12th, 2013 at 1:56pm
 
Roger_Smith wrote on Jan 12th, 2013 at 12:04pm:
never have figured out what I spilled on it. 

May have been something sprayed.  Some WD-40 would do it for sure. 
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Reply #27 - Apr 7th, 2013 at 1:15pm
 
I need to do something with my garage/shop floor.  Been looking at the epoxy based stuff.  The other day at home depot I noticed concrete stain.  Anyone used this or know how it is different than painting the floor? 

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Reply #28 - Apr 8th, 2013 at 11:41am
 
Larry,

This past weekend I painted the other half of my garage floor.  I used the same stuff I used on the other half - oil based concrete paint (inexpensive at Lowes ~$17/gallon). One gallon does one bay, so at that cost, I would rather recoat the floor a few times than apply a more costly material (epoxy here is about $80/kit).

I do not think stain will fill the pores in the concrete floor, so cleanup will not be any easier with the stain.  I was looking for a finish that would clean up easily (1x with a broom).

As I mentioned, I painted the floor.  I did that on Sunday morning at about 9 AM.... it is still tacky this morning.  I opened the garage goor a crack on Sunday afternoon to let the fumes out, however it snowed about 8 inches on Saturday and the temperature this morning was 10 F, so it is not curing quickly.  I look to apply two coats, so ...  all the stuff in my garage is packed around my lathe ... no turning for me until the second coat dries. bang head  I hope to apply the second coat tonight.  The weather guy is calling for another 7 to 14 inches of snow in the next 48 hours...ugh! smiley=doh.gif

Maybe its time for me to work on my surface texture technique on my completed turned projects...
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Reply #29 - Apr 8th, 2013 at 3:49pm
 
That sure does look great.  I wish I would have painted mine last year when I emptied it out to insulate and drywall it.

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