|Forum topic by crampon||posted 07-30-2016 01:57 AM||329 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
07-30-2016 01:57 AM
Hi Lumberjocks, I’m looking for some advice on my 100-year old house. As many of you know, living in an old house is a mix of “this is so cool” (like when we found cove ceilings above the 1970s dropped ceiling we demolished) and “goddammit!” (innumerable other times, especially when we open walls). Now I’m hoping to get some advice on a current challenge.
We recently removed our carpet and pulled up the pad to find a 100-year old white oak floor in decent shape. It is a plank floor (not tongue and groove) that is top nailed and made up of small, think planks: 2” wide x 3/8” thick. Given it’s already thin, we probably couldn’t sand it, but it’s in good enough shape that we can just screen it and refinish – probably with Waterlox or something similar. The challenge is that I need to patch maybe 20 or 30 square feet where there are defunct register cutouts, architectural details built on the subfloor that have been removed (not by us!), etc.
I have been looking pretty hard around town (Portland, OR), and haven’t had luck finding old flooring in those dimensions. New flooring is a very poor match in grain, so not really a good option, and again, it doesn’t come in those dimensions anyway. However, there is a TON of reclaimed building lumber from old growth trees.
I don’t own a planer, but a shop here says they’re willing to plane / surface anything I bring them into my specified dimensions. So…if I pick up some reclaimed old oak and get it milled down to my flooring dimensions, is that a plausible solution? Am I likely to get a decent match once the cut face ages a bit? Should I be worried about dimensional stability?
Please let me know your thoughts.
Short version: if I mill reclaimed lumber to the right dimensions to match my existing old-growth oak plank flooring, is this a good solution to patch my floors, or am I missing something?