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Offline TBR

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Slippery workshop floor
« on: January 16, 2019, 10:42 AM »
I'm helping out with a non-profit makers space. The wood workshop was originally an office and so has less than ideal flooring (see attached). The laminate floor is too slippery if it gets sawdust on it. Have tried to sand with a DTS 400 and 40 grit Crystal but couldn't make any headway. Also, spray on adhesive has been tried but that rubs off too quickly.

Would appreciate any advice on this?

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Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Slippery workshop floor
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2019, 10:51 AM »
What about interlocking floor mat?

You can find some under 1$/sq. ft.

To make it simple to clean, layout them like a corridor carpet and put dock tape on the back to hold them together.


Offline Job and Knock

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Re: Slippery workshop floor
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2019, 11:58 AM »
Have you considered spreading rosin instead of sand? Rosin is traditionally used to make V-belts on static machinery more grippy and should do the same for floors
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Online rvieceli

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Re: Slippery workshop floor
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2019, 12:38 PM »
@TBR You might want to see what's under the laminate. If it is plain old poured concrete, you may want to just rip up the laminate to get to it.

Laminate flooring is relatively easy to remove if you are not trying to be careful about it.


Offline jobsworth

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Re: Slippery workshop floor
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2019, 10:50 AM »
Another oprion is to just lay down some OSB, use adhesive to attach it to the floors if necessary.

Offline cubevandude

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Re: Slippery workshop floor
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2019, 06:41 PM »
Anti-Slip Floor Coating might be an inexpensive option to go over the laminate.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Slippery workshop floor
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2019, 05:04 AM »
An advantage to the interlocking floor mats is dropped tools have a chance at survival vice certain death. You $300 hand plane, the chisel you just sharpened, or your $500 cell phone will thank you and probably come out unscathed. Without the mats you're looking at some dings and dents at the very least, and possibly a crack.
Because let's face it none of us have ever dropped any of those items, right? :-)
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