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Old 02-03-2013, 08:22 PM   #1
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I live in south west LA. I have just purchased dried 8" t&g cypress lumber for flooring. I purchased #2 lumber and love the look but do have knots that will need attention. I don't want them poping out later. It is 3/4" thick material. I am thinking of no stain but oil based poly for the amber color. Any suggestion would be helpful, it will be nailed down to sub floor in 100 year old home. I am a DIYer and first time with wood flooring.

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Thats a good choice of flooring. It should look nice. Since it is this wide you should probably nail and glue it. I would also allow it to acclimate in the house for awhile.

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thanks for the reply, I have been told that it is a good choice but it is a soft wood for flooring. It is in the home and I will install next week. Do you have any reccomendations for the finish.
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anyone has any reccomendations for an epoxy to treat the knots before sanding and finishing.. thanks
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Its been awhile since I had to do this. But if I remember right 3m had an epoxy for this.
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If the knots are tight you will have no problems. If they are loose you can use Cyanoacrylate (CA) to secure the knot. CA is super glue. I use this strengthen soft and punky wood before turning on a lathe. Just saturate the the knot and allow to dry.
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If you have good boards with loose knots---either cut the boards shorter to remove the section---or use a router to remove the knot and install a patch---

Google 'router inlay' for an idea how this is done-----

You need a set of rub collars for the router----a 1/4" straight cutting bit---and a home made template----all inexpensive parts---( a band saw is handy for removing the repair plug from the scrap wood--but is not a 'must have')

I have a variety of free form openings in my template and match up the opening that best fits the area to be removed==

I use this to salvage a good board with a knot or flaw on a regular basis---

Once set up each knot only takes a couple of minutes to remove and patch.

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