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Old 12-01-2009, 10:55 PM   #16
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Just going on the pictures and my experiences with wood that looks like what you have in the pictures, you might want to consider a soft finish on it, and not something like polyurethane that will flake off when the wood gets dented. But do keep in mind I haven't actually seen your wood, and it might be a lot harder than I'd guess from the picture.

My wife & I have refinished literally thousands & thousands of sq ft of this type wood. Polyurethane is an excellent choice for finishing it. You don't have to worry about it flaking off. Finished natural, (without stain) it'll be a beautiful golden color. Oil finish really brings out the beauty in pine wood. Water based finishes will not even come close to doing justice to this wood.

Those trees we're 5-6' in diameter when they were cut at the turn of the century. The growth rings are extremely tight because the old growth forests they were cut from were very dense.

That wood on the reclaimed market brings a handsome price.

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The growth rings in the first photo don't appear to be especially tight. Am I not seeing it right?

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The growth rings in the first photo don't appear to be especially tight. Am I not seeing it right?
The majority of the boards in the photo are flat sawn, the one in the upper right hand side is quarter sawn so you can see the growth rings.
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The majority of the boards in the photo are flat sawn, the one in the upper right hand side is quarter sawn so you can see the growth rings.
I've got a 2x4 from the 1970's that has way tighter grain that that board. 20 per inch at least.

Don't get me wrong though. It think it's great flooring and it's going to look great when it's finished. I just don't see it as being some kind of historic artifact. Nice wood, but not spectacular. I took a thousand pounds of similar bead-board to the dump last month. There was no practical way to make use of what I had, so out it went. But like I've said, it wasn't comparable to what's shown. If I had those floors I'd definitely refinish them -- no question
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I've got a 2x4 from the 1970's that has way tighter grain that that board. 20 per inch at least.

Don't get me wrong though. It think it's great flooring and it's going to look great when it's finished. I just don't see it as being some kind of historic artifact. Nice wood, but not spectacular. I took a thousand pounds of similar bead-board to the dump last month. There was no practical way to make use of what I had, so out it went. But like I've said, it wasn't comparable to what's shown. If I had those floors I'd definitely refinish them -- no question

Growth ring, hence the word ring, means circle. You look at growth rings from the end of the board. A tree puts on a new growth ring for every year old it is. The wider the ring, the faster it grew that year. The tighter the ring, the slower it grew that year. I guarantee, the rings on that wood pictured are very tight.


For the record, bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants used for flooring. That's why it's pimped so hard as being green friendly. Bamboo can be very invasive & harmful to some ecosystems.
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Growth ring, hence the word ring, means circle. You look at growth rings from the end of the board.
You can see growth rings from any side of a cut piece of wood. That's what's making all the wavy patterns across the face of the face cut boards. If the growth rings were really tight the wavy patterns would look different.
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IMO--judging from the somewhat open grain, I'm going with Southern Yellow Pine also. I have seen plenty of that old wood in this area. I have seen only one home with that particular pattern and the main room did have the "Herringbone" pattern all the way to the center which was finished out with one piece of 6" x 6" wood. This tends to make me think: Did they start in the middle and work out, or start at the edges and work to that square piece and it all fit perfectly? Don't matter-they were beautiful when Mr. Turnipseed (YES, that's his name) got through with them. Lord, he must be close to 90 yrs. old and a master at wood floor finishing. Please-OH PLEASE do keep those floors, re-finish them and keep us posted on their beauty. Thanks, David
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IMO--judging from the somewhat open grain, I'm going with Southern Yellow Pine also. I have seen plenty of that old wood in this area. I have seen only one home with that particular pattern and the main room did have the "Herringbone" pattern all the way to the center which was finished out with one piece of 6" x 6" wood. This tends to make me think: Did they start in the middle and work out, or start at the edges and work to that square piece and it all fit perfectly? Don't matter-they were beautiful when Mr. Turnipseed (YES, that's his name) got through with them. Lord, he must be close to 90 yrs. old and a master at wood floor finishing. Please-OH PLEASE do keep those floors, re-finish them and keep us posted on their beauty. Thanks, David
Considering these particular floors all have narrow pieces in the center of the rooms, it looks like (at least here) they started from the outside, and worked their way in... These center pieces are all face nailed as well.

I am definitely going to be taking pictures as I go along, and am not using a drum sander (they can get away with you a little too easy), and will be using the varathane ezv sander thingy.. We are definitely keeping these floors, and eventually will be uncovering all the ones downstairs too. From what I can tell at the cracks between the boards, we have about a quarter inch before we start hitting the tongue and groove..

Will post pictures when I am all done.. Hoping to start sanding next week, depending on how long it takes to get up the foam padding in the sewing room and hallway (ugh)

Thanks to all who posted! Its been a great help!
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heart pine all the way
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Please do us all a favor and post many pictures throughout the refinishing process. I think we all want to see how beautifully they turnout. Love the pattern.

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