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Knucklez 04-29-2009 07:25 PM

what kind of wood is this?
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house is located in southern ontario Canada. it is around 100 yrs old. floors are original to the house. there are no knotts at all.

here is the BEFORE picture.. see how bad shape the floors are in?

AFTER 5 hours of sanding...

next i must rent the edger & apply stain.

question: what kind of wood is this?

i have compared the white wood with a piece of oak i had from HD. looks similar. the red coloured wood, what is this?

Gary_602z 04-29-2009 08:10 PM

Possibly red oak?


Knucklez 04-29-2009 09:10 PM

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never heard of such a thing.. but sounds about right :)

Leah Frances 04-29-2009 09:12 PM

Wow. Don't stain it - throw down some polyurethane - it's looks awesome.

Daniel Holzman 04-29-2009 09:30 PM

The light colored wood looks like maple, the dark colored could be cherry, hard to tell in the photo. Looks much too red to be oak. Cherry is a hard wood, not quite as hard as maple, if you can scratch it easily with a fingernail it is probably not cherry.

hayewe farm 04-29-2009 09:41 PM

If you could get a little closer picture of the wood grain it might be easier to tell. Cherry and maple sounds like a good guess.

Thurman 04-29-2009 09:44 PM

I'm sitting here admiring the craftsmanship that went into installing that floor. I agree with the poly coat, please don't stain it. It is definitely different and I like it.

KOHNSTRUCTION 04-29-2009 10:06 PM

poly poly poly poly poly!!!!!!

that is a unique situation poly poly poly!!!

i say poly only!

awesome find

Ron6519 04-30-2009 08:02 AM

Could also be mahogany and maple.

RegeSullivan 04-30-2009 09:33 AM

Wow what a great find... It would kill me to stain that floor if it were in my house but you gotta do what look right. Is there any other similar features in this house you could share with us like built ins, interesting trim or a decorative staircase???


joed 04-30-2009 12:11 PM

Not a close enough image to determine wood type.

Mop in Hand 04-30-2009 11:18 PM

Looks great, the only other time I have seen this is on a boat. Poly or oil for sure.

Termite 05-01-2009 07:41 AM

Fir flooring was very common that long ago. It would be a local material as well.

DangerMouse 05-01-2009 08:06 AM

looks like cherry/maple to me.... take a few close ups of some knotty/grained areas and we can tell better.
i think definitely 2 separate wood species though, as sanding would have removed most/all stain.
it also looks like that someone created that floor custom, as i see no butted edges in the planks.
you probably won't find 12'+ planks of flooring in bigbox stores... heh heh


ratherbefishin' 05-01-2009 08:20 AM

Another vote for cherry and maple. Look at the end of the seventh board from the right, just in front of the waste pipe. Is that a curly grain I see there?
I think I'd go a step beyond ordinary poly and protect that beautiful old craftsmanship with a gym floor finish.

Macros would really help, though. Can't zoom it enough to tell for sure without being too blurred.

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