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Old 12-12-2010, 11:48 AM   #1
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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.
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I would stay with the period. If you can get planed down 4" wide Old growth pine, or such, that would look even better.

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yeah, I would try to use period correct flooring. WOuld love to see pictures of it.
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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
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It wouldn't.
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Is there any evidence of what was there when it was built? What year?
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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
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I'm with Jimmyfloyd. I want to see pictures.

That's my only advice.
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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
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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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