Wooden Rug




Introduction: Wooden Rug

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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!

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

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

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

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

    How did you finish the corners?

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

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

    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.

    Does it trap dirt?

    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!!

    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.

    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?