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One of the things we do at the sawmill is make flooring. We used to install however at my age, my knees will no longer allow this activity.
This is one of the floors we installed in our house. It is a Red Oak herring bone with Holly and Walnut accents. The finish caused the Holly to yellow.

-- Barbara

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#1 posted 02-18-2011 06:53 PM

Your home must be a real showcase, Barbara! and the holly doesn’t look too dark. The floor has certainly worn well.


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#2 posted 02-18-2011 07:23 PM

Wow. What a unique and wonderful look :-)

I hear ya’, about the knees. I can get down just fine, these days, but … it takes a bit of planning to get back up :-)

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 02-18-2011 07:50 PM

That looks great.Very nicely done.

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#4 posted 02-18-2011 07:55 PM

As a huge fan of using contrasting woods in projects, job well done. I can only imagine the amount of mitres and test fits that went into the herringbone. Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 02-18-2011 08:34 PM

That work would make a stunning table top (only stunning), but it makes an absolutely beautiful, fantasticly stunning floor. That’s gotta be a joy to live with!

-- Stephen Mines (

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#6 posted 02-18-2011 09:37 PM

I really like that and would love to try to do some of it. What type finish did you use to cause the holly to get the yellow tint? Did you have any problems with the oak turning yellow? It’s kinda hard to see it in the photo. I had the big idea to put some oil based poly over some kitchen cabinets that I had painted a bright white. It looked great….. for about a month….. won’t be doing that again. Welcome to the site.

- JJ

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#7 posted 02-18-2011 10:23 PM

Thanks everyone.
jj, We used Velvit Oil for the floors.

-- Barbara

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#8 posted 02-18-2011 10:54 PM

niiiiceee floor :-)
welcome to L J enjoy and have fun

tale care

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#9 posted 02-19-2011 01:54 AM

Beautiful work.


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#10 posted 02-19-2011 01:21 PM

Hi Barbara.

Welcome to the madhouse. Around here we have one thing in common, we’re all mad about wood!

That floor is an excellent example of the parquetry art form. I do similar patterns on a smaller scale in marquetry. My knees too are long past being able to do this sort of thing.

My compliments!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#11 posted 02-19-2011 09:24 PM

Stephen, actually one Christmas I made a small version of another floor with walnut and pine parquet. It was picture framed with pine. I used removable splines so it could be taken apart if necessary. It was a gift for our oldest daughter who was in the Air Force and away from home. She used it beside her bed rather than a rug. Now she is using it as a table top.

-- Barbara

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