Project Overview

A wet laundry floor is a slip hazard for the whole family. An easy way to fix that problem is with a wooden floor mat. This easy-to-follow guide will show you the tools and equipment you need to make your own wooden floor mat in a size to suit your laundry.

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Measure twice, cut once

You can rub out a pencil mark but you can’t undo a cut from your saw. Whether you are working with timber, tiles, glass or any other building material, you should always double check your measurements before you cut.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Get the timber pre-cut
2 Lay out the design of the floor mat
3 Mark where the rods will be drilled
4 Mark where the holes will be drilled
5 Drill the holes through the timber
6 Lay out the floor mat and insert the rods
7 Screw on the nuts and pull the rods tight
8 Cut off the ends of the rods
9 Paint the floor mat
  • Step 1. Get the timber pre-cut

    Because this D.I.Y. project needs quite a few pieces of timber, the best way to make it easier for you is to have the timber pre-cut to the right size at your local Bunnings. You can cut your timber to any size you like, for this project we cut the following lengths:

    • Cut the 70mm x 30mm dressed pine 1.8m into 6 x 200mm blocks
    • Cut the 30mm x 30mm dressed pine 2.4m into 22 x 200mm blocks
  • Step 2. Lay out the design of the floor mat

    Before you drill any holes in the timber, lay the pieces out in the design of your choice. You can be as creative as you want with the layout.

  • Step 3. Mark where the rods will be drilled

    Choose a spot on your design where the wood overlaps. Mark this spot and use a square to draw a straight line down the centre of the overlapping timber pieces where the holes for the rods will be drilled.

  • Step 4. Mark where the holes will be drilled

    Measure and mark the centre of each piece of timber. By drilling holes through the centre of the timber, the rod will slip straight through and the pieces of wood will stay flush.

  • Step 5. Drill the holes through the timber

    Clamp the wood to the workbench. Use the 12mm spade bit to drill through the timber. Repeat this process for all the wood except the pieces at the end, where the rod will be inserted and secured. For these pieces, clamp them and use the 22mm spade bit to drill halfway through the pieces of wood, this creates a recess to hide the ends of the rods. Finish off the holes with the 12mm spade bit.

  • Step 6. Lay out the floor mat and insert the rods

    Lay out the floor mat in your chosen pattern, so that all of the holes for the rods are aligned. Thread the rod through the holes.
  • Step 7. Screw on the nuts and pull the rods tight

    Screw the nuts onto one end of the rods, so that they’re flush with the end of the rod. Pull the rods through the holes to tighten up the mat.

  • Step 8. Cut off the ends of the rods

    Put on your safety glasses and earmuffs. Clamp the mat to the workbench. Use a grinder to cut off the excess rod so it’s flush with the mat.

  • Step 9. Paint the floor mat

    Before you put the floor mat together, paint it. To do this, remove one piece of timber at a time and paint it. Wait for the paint to dry then re-insert the rods. Use a spanner or shifter set to tighten the rods.
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