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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!

Supplies:

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!

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    Thalion Othar

    Question 8 months ago on Step 5

    After reading the tutorial, I noticed that only 2 dimensions were ever defined.

    Length and width. I'm going to guess the boards are about 1 inch thick since you are using 1/2 inch cord and spacers that the cord can fit through easily.

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    MichiganDave

    3 years ago

    I am impressed and I think the look of the wood is lovely so a BIG thanks for sharing.

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    bignail1954

    3 years ago

    I like the idea yet where would you use it? I love walnut. A wall hanging perhaps?!

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    Myrian1

    3 years ago

    How is clean up? I can only imagine all the dirt and debris from daily life getting in hard to reach places in that

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    jreidy1

    3 years ago

    I'm gunna do it! Check out Steve Ramsey's "Make a Wood Doormat" on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krnUSvsrcnI).

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    CarlG28

    3 years ago

    How did you finish the corners?

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    ScubaSteve51

    5 years ago on Introduction

    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" of each other it would be more practical...perhaps you could use brass washers as spacers for a nice accent. This "rug" probably weighs a ton, but it would look nice on a wall.

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    itsmescottyScubaSteve51

    Reply 3 years ago

    And I don't like that painting of . . . , I know - lets pot it on the floor as a rug ?

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    Tex ArcanaScubaSteve51

    Reply 5 years ago

    Not only this, but round off the edges and corners, so they're easier on the feet.

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    dotyuki

    3 years ago

    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.

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    oldaugie

    5 years ago

    Does it trap dirt?

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    gecko_girl3

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Beautiful piece and great 'ible! Your instructions and photos leave no room for misunderstanding and the finished product is devine!

    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.

    Thanks for sharing your work!!

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    cmannaberg

    5 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    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

    Unfortunately, the tubing has not held up well outside where it is exposed to UV. I need to find a better material.