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Old 06-15-2008, 11:32 PM   #1
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reclaimed maple hardwood

I've found some reclaimed maple hardwood - it spent 50 years in a church and many of those under carpet. It looks like it was waxed, but never stained.

Any thoughts on what this should be worth to buy? It is dirty and still has all the nails in it. There is little tongue damage, though.

Also, I've heard that maple is very hard to refinish - any experience to share? I want a light color finish...



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Old 06-16-2008, 09:08 AM   #2
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As far as worth, I'd say very little. If they are trying to sell it they should pull all the nails at least. I've never done this myself, but did help someone else do it. A friend got a similar deal on some hardwood flooring. We pulled all the nails. Cleaned up any splintered bottoms and then ran it through a thickness planer to remove about 1/16" from the surface taking all the scratches and old finish off. we cleaned out the grooves and tongues and then he installed it. It looked as good as a brand new floor. He had plenty of extra to work with so he could avoid any holes, etc. It was well seasoned being about 50-60 years old. It was plenty tough on his planer knives, but a resharpen was a lot cheaper than all new flooring.


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