Step 6: Drop in the Medallion

tapping the medallion flush with the rest of the floor with a rubber mallet and a piece of scrap wood to prevent scratches
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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The trick here is to set the medallion in the cutout vertically, without any sideways tilt; an assistant with strong fingers will be invaluable. Once it's in place, tap it flush with the surrounding floor, using a scrap of wood to prevent marring. When the adhesive cures, the medallion can be finished, if needed.

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    • magnetic nail finder
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    • router
      Router with ½-inch bearing-over bit
    • nailset
      Nailset
    • flat prybar
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    • straightedge guide
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    • random orbit sander
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    • notched trowel
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    • mallet
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    Shopping List

    1. Floor medallion

    2. 1-inch painter's tape

    3. Double-stick carpet tape

    4. 40-grit sandpaper for sander5. Moisture-cure urethane floor adhesive

    6. Urethane adhesive remover