Australian cypress flooring has anybody worked with this species?

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Forum topic by Richard posted 06-22-2010 07:20 PM 1493 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-22-2010 07:20 PM

I recently bought a whole pick up truck load of used australian cypress flooring real cheap. The boards have nails in them, but they are 5 to 6 inches wide which is usable for me. Has anyone worked with Australian Cypress before, any hinden problems? The boards feels hard, but seems kind of brittle when they are not predrilled while screwing. Also they have a strange aroma when sawed, planed or sanded.

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#1 posted 06-22-2010 08:31 PM

I have a pile of 100+ y/o hard maple flooring I’ve been slowly working on…get a good metal detector because there’s more than nails in there. Also, use cheaper ripping blades as the dirt in there plays havoc on them after awhile. I then plane them to thickness…yep, the planer blades eventually suffer too. Dirt and small stones are tough stuff! As for odors…This stuff came out of a kitchen. I smell some mildew, occasionally I smell beer (my son smelled it too!) and one time, I swear, I could smell a roast turkey! “Ghost in the machine” huh?

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#2 posted 06-22-2010 11:58 PM

Good projects are soon to follow.

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#3 posted 06-23-2010 02:56 AM

Wear a mask because that stuff puts off some seriously strong odors. I had problems with this stuff splitting and cracking after the fact. It’s real pretty when finished, but I won’t work with it again.

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