Reclaimed flooring 1st laid in 1882

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Project by NimbleJack posted 193 days ago 779 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Materials: Old growth douglas fir
Finish: Low VOC water base lacquer

One Saturday on a whim we caught the ferry over to Vashon Island. While there, we stumbled on an estate sale that had an entire floor of old growth clear douglas fir flooring for sale. The new owner of an old timber-baron’s mansion was remodeling and had pulled out the entire first floor flooring. Many of the boards still had the old hand wrought square nails embedded in them. By good fortune, I was able to buy 1200 sf for $350. My wife soon had a new floor in her quilt studio. Happy wife, happy life.

-- Jack - Olympia, Washington

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#1 posted 193 days ago

Looks like a lot of work that came out well…................

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 193 days ago

Nice re-use and well done. Looks great… Your right about the Happy wife!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 193 days ago


-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#4 posted 193 days ago

Beautiful wood floor. What a great find. Gotta love something that has history to it :)

-- Marty,

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#5 posted 192 days ago

very nice- nothing beats a hardwood floor. now good luck keeping it clean!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 192 days ago

Great job on utilizing that historic lumber. I really like that old growth Doug Fir but would have thought it to be too soft for flooring. Yours looks like it has never been walked on! Beautiful!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 192 days ago

Sometimes whims pay off. The floor looks great and the old doug fir is really nice.

-- Once the dust settles, breath and behold the beauty of the wood.

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#8 posted 189 days ago

Great work on your fantastic wooden floor. The doug fir is beautiful as well as the finish.

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