Make a Wooden Floor Mat

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I LOVE this wood floor mat.
I live in a very windy town…..
I am forever chasing my welcome mat down.
I don’t think I’ll have that problem anymore with this
heavy duty wooden mat. 

I followed this step by step guide from Lowe’s
 Porch mat made from multi-colored wooden strips
For the most part this tutorial was pretty easy to follow….

Here’s what I used:
This wood was inexpensive and did the job…
But there are also many other types of wood to choose.
Pine, Poplar, Cedar, Maple and Hickory just to name a few and prices from $1.50 up to $5.00 for a 1"x2".
You will need six 2ft rods….
They can be purchased in 2ft sections or save a little bit of money and buy two 6ft rods and cut them with a hacksaw. 
It was actually very easy to cut them..
I purchased the wood and rods at Menards for less than $10.
The paint and hex nuts I had on hand.
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I used a compound miter saw and set a stop block at 9". That saves a ton of time so you don’t have to measure each piece.
I cut all 5 boards into 9 inch pieces. 
That's 10 pieces from each 8ft board for a total of 50 pieces.
For the mat size I made, you will only need 38 pieces
but you want a few extras for mistakes.
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It took less than a 1/2hr to make my cuts.
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The most important part and maybe the hardest part of this project is making sure all your holes are aligned.
I turned 6 at a time on their sides
and taped each of the ends together.
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I marked an inch from each end and
then drew a straight line across.
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Then I marked a center dot on each piece. 
There might be a better way to align the holes but this is what worked for me….
Be sure to check out Lowe's Tutorial for more tips.
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I used a drill press with a 5/16" bit 
and drilled holes in each end.
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Almost perfect!
Since the hole is slightly larger than the rod, 
this allows room for error.
AND this is why you cut extras….
just a ‘few’ mistakes and bad wood.
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I laid out all the good pieces and 
everything lined up

I didn’t sand or prime….
I just gave each piece 2 coats of paint.
I bought two 6ft rods. 
I marked them at 2ft and 4ft then cut them with a hack saw. 
This was surprising easy…..
After arguing with the hubby that this was gonna be IMPOSSIBLE….
I proved myself wrong after a few swipes with the saw
and it snapped right in half!
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Then the fun part of threading the wood with the rod and putting your wood mat together….I found tapping the rod with a hammer at stubborn areas helped.
I just used a hex nut at the end of each rod because that’s what I had on hand but I will be replacing them with stop nuts when I get a chance to purchase some…..
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I will also give the mat a few coats of poly to protect it from the weather...
Well that’s how I made this cute little wood mat in a couple of hours for less than $10! Smile 

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daperfectmix said...
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daperfectmix said...

Wow, that is very cute! It looks like it took a whole lot of work. I really like the rainbow colored one, but I love green too. Nice job!

twelve-O-eight said...

I love this project! It turned out really cool. Now following :) Tanya

Aimee from said...

i saw that mat & loved it -- and now i can have one! :) thanks girl for posting such a great tute!!

Stacey said...

Very unique and cool - love the new look! You can tell you worked hard on this cutie! Thanks for linking up!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

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Caitlin said...

LOVE!! I saw this tutorial on the Lowes website and was intimidated but you make it seem so easy! I will try it!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

You did a fantastic job!

Stevie from said...

it's great! love the colours you chose.

Aimee - The Crazy Craft Lady said...

Love this! We have had an exceptionally rainy spring, and I wish I had a mat like this that dried out a bit more quickly :)

Darrel Saul said...

This is looking great, i will definitely try to make it on this weekend, my wife will love it.

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