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dav_Cam3 08-22-2011 09:33 AM

Hardwood Flooring Identification
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Hi there guys, its my first post, hoping if you can help
I have just moved into my new house and ripped out the old carpet and found hardwood parquet flooring underneath!

only problem is the chimney breasts have been removed, so there's a cement rectangle on one end of the floor. I'm thinking to restore the wood, and fill in the gaps where the chimney was but i need a hand identifying the type of wood i have.

any help would be appreciated, thanks a bunch! :)

oh and would be helpful to have your opinions on whether it is worth reviving or not!

Jackofall1 08-22-2011 09:37 AM

Hello and welcome Dave to the best darn DIY'r site on the web.

Looking at that grain it appears to be pine, but I am by no means a professional on the subject matter.

How soft is the wood, can it be marked with a fingernail?


dav_Cam3 08-22-2011 09:46 AM

when i press my fingernail into the wood it does make somewhat of a marking, but some effort is needed.

thanks for the quick reply Jack

Daniel Holzman 08-22-2011 10:00 AM

Based on the hardness test, and the side shot, I am going with oak.

SteelToes 08-22-2011 01:46 PM


Jackofall1 08-22-2011 02:17 PM


Originally Posted by SteelToes (Post 712822)

Old dry pine.


Maintenance 6 08-23-2011 06:18 AM

I'm going with Red Fir.

oh'mike 08-23-2011 06:34 AM

Fir tongue and groove porch decking---you should still be able to buy that.

1910NE 08-23-2011 02:56 PM

i was thinking Douglas Fir...

Millertyme 08-23-2011 05:28 PM

that is CVG (clear vertical grain) fir

Altruwood 08-26-2011 06:05 PM

That is Douglas Fir
Ditto Millertyme's response. That is definitely CVG Douglas fir, and you can find that online.

dav_Cam3 09-12-2011 08:52 AM

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Hi Guys!

thanks for all ur replies, thought id keep you updated
i had a few blocks in the hallway that i removed and fit them into the living room where the chimney breasts used to be.

there was a gap down the middle of the room, done some patch up work with a new pine wood.
now i need to get the stains to match. anybody recommend any tips/stain colours that will go?

its getting there, really pleased by the way it looks so far
just hope i havent ruined it by taking the easy way out and adding new wood..

oldhouseguy 09-12-2011 01:01 PM

I think you did a nice job on it, but I am not sure if that is ever going to match when you stain it.

I would think you can buy wood that matches a lot closer and put that in.

I had an area in a house once, where I had two different floors meeting. I tore out two strips and laid in a decorative terra cotta tile design in place of the wood. It provided a nice break and an interesting way to transition, many people commented positively on it.

This way it broke it up and looked intentional as opposed to repaired.

I am not sure if you can tile that section and have it look right, depends on where those two sections are.

Otherwise, I would get some wood to match better, because I think you are always going to be sorry you didn't.

I think the key is to get the wood to match closer in color before you stain it. A trick I have also used to blend wood colors is to use very strong tea or coffee mixed with water to stain it before the stain. You have to really soak it in there and work to get it to match. Then you have to make sure the wood is completely dry before you put the stain over it. It requires a little more art than science.

oh'mike 09-12-2011 04:53 PM

Track down some fir--the color on the pine you chose is to yellow---fir is salmon colored--

If you have access to a surface planer you could plane down 2x material if that's all that is available.

Staining pine is not a good idea---especially a mix of old and new.-

Knucklez 09-12-2011 08:15 PM

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i have old pine floors and had to replace a board with new pine. when i put the same stain on both boards the colours was HUGE different! so i got a bunch of new pine boards and tested other, darker, stains until i could match my light colour stain on the old board. then i went back and stained the new boards installed on the floor with a darker stain so that when it dried it matched. takes a lot of time, but it can be done.

on the other hand, the location of your new wood is a natural divider between two rooms, so maybe slight difference in shade is not a big deal.


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