Big transition help please


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Old 01-03-15, 01:29 PM
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Big transition help please

I laid a new hardwood floor with leftover wood I had from another project.mwhere it meets the tiles in the next room the wood is about 1.25" higher than the tile. Any suggestions on how I can finish the edge of the floor? I was thinking a big quarter round but can't find anything large enough,

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Old 01-03-15, 07:11 PM
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Sounds like a custom made wide threshold to me.
Just a 1/4 round is going to be a real trip hazard.
Most real hardwood is only 3/4" thick, how did it end up being that high?
 
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Old 01-03-15, 07:27 PM
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Most real hardwood is only 3/4" thick, how did it end up being that high?
I'm with Joe on this, given the subfloor needs of tile vs the subfloor needs for hardwood, how could you come up with 1 1/4" difference? If anything, the difference should be in the other direction. Either you failed to remove residual layers of flooring under the hardwood, or you installed the tile on an inferior bedding. Either way, you should not be facing the delema you are....
 
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Wood is higher than tile. I added a 1/4" plywood under the new hardwood which didn't help my situation. I know it's not ideal but I'm not ripping anything up at this point, just looking for opinions on finishing the edge

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You'll probably have to make your own threshold or transistion piece and finish it to match.
I'd be concerned that the 1.25" rise would be a tripping hazard
 
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Hopefully the tile was set on cbu or equivalent slip media. I always make my own thresholds as it seems the cheezy ones at flooring stores or box stores just don't fit every situation. Yours isn't any different. I would create a slight bevel from zero about 3" out onto the tile (or to that first grout line) to the height of the hardwood. Attach it to the tile with PL8X or equivalent adhesive and weight it down for a few hours. The tile will give a good, flat adhesive point.
 
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Old 01-04-15, 06:58 AM
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Thanks how do I make one? I suppose I need some sort of router table for that? Can I use a table saw or hand saw or circular saw somehow?
 
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I've only made a few but they were all made on my table saw. Larry makes them all the time so he'll likely have good instructions
 
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Old 01-04-15, 07:29 AM
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Another option, although you are pushing it at 1 1/4" is to install a marble reducer on top of the tile and butted up against the hardwood.

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I would back bevel the fatter side so that it could sit at a greater angle and build up the base with mortar and sit it directly on the tile. Note that they come in various widths so you can feather out the transition better. You also may have to adjust the final piece of wood so that you can maintain the threshold withing the confines of the door jamb.

Quick note, you can purchase marble thresholds at tile stores not necessarily the box stores.
 
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The wooden version can be made on a table saw. Don't try to cut it in its smallest dimension. Cut it out of larger wood. Your fingers are worth more than the wood. I set my saw up at the angle I want and run a large piece of wood through, cutting off what I need. Make sure your small wood is not trapped between the fence and the blade. Instant bullet feed. Your cut off wood should be on the outside of the blade.
 
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Thank you guys, I'll let you know how it turns out!
 
 

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