Ever think, "Hmm, I wonder if a rug could be made from wood?" Well, I have, and subsequently, made one. Using rectangular shaped blocks of premium walnut wood, rope, and aluminum piping, I designed and happily stood on a wooden rug. How many people can say that?

Follow this tutorial for the how-to!

Step 1: Measuring and Cutting

I had two 8 foot walnut wood planks, that were about 5 inches wide. I decided I wanted simple rectangular blocks for the rug, so I went with a 5 x 2.5 inch rectangle.

The best tool for doing about 40 of these rectangle blocks is probably a chop saw. As you can tell from the pictures, I started off using a band saw, but it was taking way too long, and the cuts, obviously, weren't wonderfully straight. Chop saw all the way.

I cut about 40 of these bad boys, then sanded them to a smooth finish.

Step 2: Drilling

After fiddling around with different configurations, I decided to go with a staggered, brick-like pattern for interest and movement.

I would be using a strong 1/2 inch cotton rope to hold the blocks together, but since I wanted the top of the rug to be smooth, I would need to drill into the sides of the blocks, thread the rope through these holes, for a flawless rug surface.

Since my blocks were 5 inches wide, I would drill two holes into the sides of the blocks, both at the 1 inch mark of each side. This way the staggered configuration could hold strong.

I used a drill press to make the holes, and a drill bit that was slightly larger in diameter than my rope. I made a quick jig on the drill press that would allow me to just insert a block and press down, creating a precise hole. Otherwise, I would spent hours perfectly measuring and marking where the holes should go. This saved me a bunch of time as I would be making 2 holes for 40 blocks. yikes!

Step 3: Oiling

After all the holes had been made, I decided to get my money's worth by bringing the beautiful grain out of the walnut wood. I used Boos Lock mystery oil to achieve this. This stuff is phenomenal! I sprayed the oil over the surface of the walnut blocks, smeared it around, then wiped off excess. I did about 3 coats of this, remembering to not neglect the edges! This step was really rewarding! Look at the amazing color!

Step 4: Cutting Aluminum Piping

So even though the rope would be holding the blocks together, I would still need something that would allow for spacing between the blocks. Initially, I thought I would tie knots in the rope between threading, but this proved unwieldy and cumbersome, so I decided to go with small bits of aluminum piping. I made sure the gauge was correct for my rope diameter to thread through. It was, and so I cut loads of aluminum piping down to 3/4 inch. Once this step was complete, I would finally be able to start threading my rug!

Step 5: Threading

Taking all of my materials, wood blocks, rope, and aluminum piping, I could start threading!

First, I wrapped duct tape around the end of my rope I would be using the thread. This would ensure it wouldn't unravel, and would make threading quick and painless. I even made a narrower edge so it resembled a needle.

Rotating between a block and piping, I threaded a column of 4 blocks initially, but since I wanted a staggering pattern, I gave the second column 5 blocks, and went on alternating this way until I finished off my blocks. In the end I only used 36 of my blocks and 56 bits of piping.

I wanted a hand-made feel, so at the two ends, I just knotted and cut the rope.

And here we have it! A beautiful, one of a kind, wooden rug. I think it would look even better if made on a larger scale, but for my needs, my final dimensions of ~36 inches squared was perfect.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
<p>I am impressed and I think the look of the wood is lovely so a BIG thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>I like the idea yet where would you use it? I love walnut. A wall hanging perhaps?!</p>
<p>How is clean up? I can only imagine all the dirt and debris from daily life getting in hard to reach places in that</p>
<p>I'm gunna do it! Check out Steve Ramsey's &quot;Make a Wood Doormat&quot; on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krnUSvsrcnI).</p>
<p>How did you finish the corners?</p>
<p>Nice craftsmanship! Not a bad idea, but as others have said...it looks like a trip hazard. If you could bring the slats to within 1/8&quot; of each other it would be more practical...perhaps you could use brass washers as spacers for a nice accent. This &quot;rug&quot; probably weighs a ton, but it would look nice on a wall. </p>
<p>And I don't like that painting of . . . , I know - lets pot it on the floor as a rug ?</p>
Not only this, but round off the edges and corners, so they're easier on the feet.
<p>Years ago, I made one out of teak strips. I remember my Grandfather making them out of oak for the Japanese Furo (bath) so you can wash outside of the soaking tube before entering. I used it inside my shower and outside so my wet feet wouldn't touch the tile. It worked great. Cleaning was easy and it didn't weigh much. I used stainless steel screws, countersunk on back support strips.</p>
Does it trap dirt?
<p>I heard of cutting a rug but this is a great idea! Kudos!</p>
<p>Hah! I love a good pun! </p>
<p>Oh wow! This is a fantastic idea.</p>
<p>This looks amazing. Great finish!</p>
<p>This is gorgeous!</p>
Beautiful piece and great 'ible! Your instructions and photos leave no room for misunderstanding and the finished product is devine! <br><br>As someone else suggested I think I'll try my hand with a smaller scale rug and make placemats. Hemp rope and wooden beads/spacers would flow with the over all design as well as add to the natural feel of things. <br><br>Thanks for sharing your work!!
<p>I made a rug like this using cedar. I have one inside my sauna and it is perfect. The other is outside on the balcony. I used flexible polyethylene tubing instead of rope. A larger diameter tubing was used for spacers, instead of aluminum tubing.</p><p>At the end of the rope, instead of a knot, I used a stainless steel screw that fits tightly into the end of the tubing</p><p>Unfortunately, the tubing has not held up well outside where it is exposed to UV. I need to find a better material.</p>
<p>very nice</p><p>i'll keep it mind</p>
<p>I'd leave as is to allow for stomping mud off boots, etc.</p>
<p>Very cool looking. I'd worry about dirt/rocks getting between the rug and the wood floor and scratching things. Maybe putting rubber or felt on the bottom of the block might help prevent this?</p>
<p>Unfortunately, wearing heels or going barefoot would be problematic on this &quot;rug&quot;. But its pretty- I'd like it as a patio wind screen.</p>
<p>Beautiful - I just wouldn't want anybody standing on it!</p>
<p>Very nice, thank-you!</p><p>Mike.</p>
very cool and authentic idea. would make excellent place mats, too!
<p>Just beautiful!!</p>
Do you think that 2.5&quot; x 1.25&quot; blocks would be too small?
I'd imagine I'd stub my toes a lot
<p>Beautifully done! Very creative!</p>
I love it. I would recommend using nylon or synthetic rope or parachord if this is going to be used outside our in a damp environment. Great job!
very good. You just need frame
Is it hard to clean ? Cuz I'm loving this
<p>I'm guessing the women in your life prefer flats.</p>
That's so cool and the best part is that it's solid but flexible and could be used for other things like a moving wall or hammock and could also probably be made of different materials like plastic
Great idea and a beautiful end result! Thanks for posting it.
Very cool idea. Im extremely jealous of your workshop.
<p>awesome! Thanks!!!</p>
<p>Soooooo pretty!</p>
<p>This would look cool on a wall, as a background for some frames or something.</p>
<p>Very cool! How stable is the rug? I imagine the wood blocks move around a lot.</p>
<p>cool idea</p>

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