The Basketweave parquets illustrated are not all created in Oak.
Other timbers may also be used and a completely different appearance
is achieved by the use of two or more timbers.
Lorna Buchanan's cherry wood basketweave floor is framed with a
detail line in wenge. These battens are 70mm wide and the squares
130 x 130mm, all at 10mm thick and overlaid onto 12mm plywood fixed
to an existing softwood board floor.
Note the exactness of the layout; the cuts, where the field meets
the wenge border, through the diagonally laid battens and squares
are exactly equal on both sides. It is this sort of attention to
detail which makes the difference between a floor which is a lasting
work of art and merely a competent ( or even incompetent ) piece
of craft work.
Cherry has a soft brown colour with a hint of pink background. It
improves and enriches with age.
This oak basketweave floor is framed with a detail line in wenge.
These battens are 70mm wide and the squares 130 x 130mm, all at
10mm thick and overlaid onto 12mm plywood fixed to an existing softwood
In a complex shaped room it is not always possible to ensure that
where it meets the border, the pattern of the field is cut to produce
exactly equal sections on either side of small areas such as this
reveal around a fireplace.
The simple border framing the floor is 100mm wide with a 10mm detail
line in wenge against a plain oak border at 200mm wide. Other contrasting
colours may be used to enhance a simple or complex design.
This complex space was created by the removal of internal walls.
In such spaces containing residual supporting stub walls, perhaps
two fireplaces, non-central windows etc., it is rare to find that
a perfect layout is possible. Here, the longest, straightest wall
to the right was chosen as the set-out line. The pattern was allowed
to fall as it would against the broken wall line opposite. However,
this demonstrates that the pattern disguises well any defects in