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john_bry 12-26-2012 03:55 PM

different colors of hardwood
whats the correct method to create a different color border in hardwood flooring?
Use a different stain or buy a hardwood that stains darker and use the same stain.


joecaption 12-26-2012 04:32 PM

By using a differant darker wood your not going to have to fight trying to stain two differant colors right next to each other.

woodman58 12-26-2012 04:35 PM

The best way to get a good looking boarder or inset is to use different species of wood. Example: walnut with a maple boarder or for a less drastic look try cherry with walnut. Do not mix species from different countries. These wood are grown in different climents and react differently to moisture. They will expand and contract at different rates causing problems.

chitownken 12-26-2012 08:05 PM
Oak and teak

chitownken 12-26-2012 08:07 PM

Wow. sorry about the huge picture. Will shrink it next time. Have not seen any issues with different expansion rates between the two different woods.

woodman58 12-26-2012 08:18 PM

Chitownken, IS that engineered wood or solid?

chitownken 12-26-2012 08:35 PM

Solid. Been down three years and have not seen any issues.

Awoodfloorguy 12-27-2012 08:43 AM

I agree. Using a different wood species is the way to go. It is very hard even with multiple layers of tape to not have stain bleed under the tape onto the other wood.

ToolSeeker 12-27-2012 10:31 AM

Buddy I have say that is one beautiful floor.nice job.:thumbup:

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