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Mark Harvey 12-12-2010 11:48 AM

Old Railway Station - flooring
 
I am restoring a railway station in Canada and am open to suggestion for the type of wood for the flooring. I think Fir, 1x4 T&G, would work but would like some advice from someone who is more knowledgable on the topic of old buildings and floors.
Thanks

gregzoll 12-12-2010 12:06 PM

I would stay with the period. If you can get planed down 4" wide Old growth pine, or such, that would look even better.

jimmyfloyd 12-12-2010 11:11 PM

yeah, I would try to use period correct flooring. WOuld love to see pictures of it.

mrgins 12-14-2010 04:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gregzoll (Post 549956)
I would stay with the period. If you can get planed down 4" wide Old growth pine, or such, that would look even better.

I ordered flatsawn OGP for mouldings and it looked great, but I'm not sure if vertical grain would be more stable

gregzoll 12-14-2010 05:32 PM

It wouldn't.

oh'mike 12-14-2010 06:22 PM

Is there any evidence of what was there when it was built? What year?

mrgins 12-16-2010 06:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gregzoll (Post 551175)
It wouldn't.

I'm thinking flatsawn would show a nice grain but would be more prone to cupping. Vertical grain would be more durable but with a close grain

DrHicks 12-17-2010 07:53 AM

I'm with Jimmyfloyd. I want to see pictures.

That's my only advice. :)

Mark Harvey 12-17-2010 10:33 AM

Railway floor
 
Thanks guys for the advice. I do have pictures because the existing floor is really bad. Somebody used the station as a cattle barn and a shop for their tractor ... is shows like a dirt floor with oil ground in. I think we will probably go with fir toung & groove and finish it with urethane. The year of the building is approximately 1918. Once done I will post pictures. Any other advice or hints are welcome. Rergards, Mark

oh'mike 12-19-2010 02:21 PM

Mark--Don't wait till you are finished to post pictures-----There are a bunch of woodworkers here--

The 'doing' is way more interesting to me than the 'finished'----Just a thought--Make my day --post some construction shots!!!!--Mike---


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