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Old 12-16-2013, 01:01 AM   #1
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Can I use white oak risers for 42" x 48" landing? Or bad idea?


I put white oak treads on my stairs & am trying to figure out what to do with the landing. I don't want to spend a lot of money so I want to do it myself.

I don't like the engineered hardwood floors or even the prefinished solid hardwood floors out there (I especially don't like the beveled edges, but none of them come out as nice as I'd like). I'm not sure I'm up to buying unfinished 3 inch or narrower strips of flooring, and I really don't want the expense of getting a nailing gun, but I might change my mind. One thought I had is to buy 3/4 inch x 7 inch wide white oak risers (I think these are made from factory glued oak strips) and use those for the flooring. I'd finish them with Bona DTS & then Bona Traffic (used on the treads) so it would have a good hard finish on it). The nice thing is the finish would match the treads perfectly!

I'm guessing one concern is expansion & contraction, and the fact that flooring probably fits together (tongue & groove) the way it does for a reason. Can I make this idea work so it looks nice for 10-15 years, or is it a real bad one?

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Old 12-16-2013, 06:36 AM   #2
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Sure you can add oak to the landing---I suggest you use standard tongue and groove flooring and a premade stair nosing.
For such a small area,hand nail it----another possibility is the use of a finishing gun--shoot into the tongue on an angle--

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Be aware that wide boards can cup and will shrink more than small boards. You can rip the boards down and spline them instead of T&G if you want to.
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The WO will work. It sounds like the risers are glued strips of oak. It will be a bit more stable than a solid board. But, being that wide, it will have to be glued down to keep it from cupping. If you're not planning on sanding it, you will have to use a piece of wood to keep them level. Tap them across the joints.
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Thanks for all the advice! I'm not quite ready to start the project but I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions if I end up using the white oak risers. I assume I can nail a layer of 1/4 inch plywood over the subfloor & glue the risers to the plywood, to prevent cupping. I've never done a glued floor so I'm going to show my ignorance: do I use a wood glue, or is there a certain kind of glue I need. Any recommendations here are welcome!
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Bostichs Best wood floor adhesive---call a hardwood supplier---White oak flooring is not to expensive and will yield a good result---
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Are you refinishing existing stairs?
One important concern is the depth of the material.
Changing materials with different thicknesses will create a trip hazard. Not a good thing on stairs.

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