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Old 04-29-2009, 07:25 PM   #1
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what kind of wood is this?


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?

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what kind of wood is this?


Possibly red oak?

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Old 04-29-2009, 09:10 PM   #3
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never heard of such a thing.. but sounds about right
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Old 04-29-2009, 09:12 PM   #4
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Wow. Don't stain it - throw down some polyurethane - it's looks awesome.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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poly poly poly poly poly!!!!!!

that is a unique situation poly poly poly!!!

i say poly only!

awesome find
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Could also be mahogany and maple.
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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???

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what kind of wood is this?


Not a close enough image to determine wood type.
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Looks great, the only other time I have seen this is on a boat. Poly or oil for sure.
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Fir flooring was very common that long ago. It would be a local material as well.
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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

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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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