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BUTOKUDEN Dojo
1581 Browning
Irvine CA 92606 USA
Phone: 866-DO-KENDO

Finally, Dojo Floor is Finished!!

After 4 layers of Matte Finish polish, the floor looks beautiful!
Here are some pictures. I can not wait for to practice on this new floor.

Steveston Kendo Dojo

Every year, Steveston Kendo Club hosts an annual tournament. I have been going there for the past 20 some years. This year was the 49th tournament. The tournament itself is hosted at a high school near the Dojo, but I had the opportunity to visit the Dojo, since I always liked practicing here, because it is a Dojo built very traditionally, which is hard to find here in North America.

Layer of floor finish

After the sanding is done, they will place 4 layers of matte finish coat on the floor. I did not want to put any coat, in order to leave the natural floor finish, when practicing, but the floor guys recommended that we put some type of finish. That way, it will protect the hardwood from water. These pictures shows the floor shining, because the sealer is not dry. I chose the most natural color, which is the transparent finish, in order to be able to see the natural floor color.

Sanding down the surface

The next step is to sand down the surface of the top layer. They brought in this machine that you ride on, and sand down by driving on the floor.

They finished placing all the maple surface!

After all, it took them about 1 week to finish nailing down all the top layer. It looks very nice! I can’t wait to practice here. Right now the surface is still rough. The next step is to sand down the surface with a fine sand paper.

Placing the Top Layer

They had to let the wood “get used to” the nice Southern California climate, before start nailing down. So the floor guys were gone for a week. Now they are back making noise again. They have started nailing down the floor pieces, just like a puzzle.