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SomeClown

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523 days ago

This may seem silly, but I don’t know what kind of hardwood floor I have in my house. New house (2009) and the entire downstairs is hardwood. I’m trying to figure out what it is, and even with my wood identification book I can’t tell for certain. Then again, I’m definitely a neophyte so I’m hoping some of you more skilled folks can help me out.

I’ve taken a couple shots of the floor, one of a board removed from a bathroom we’re renovating, and an obligatory shot of the shot assistant. :)

Thanks!!




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#1 posted 523 days ago

My guess would soft maple. But your close up looks to have more grain texture. ??

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 523 days ago

Looks like birch to me. Not certain though. Birch has many looks, appearances, and colors.

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#3 posted 523 days ago

I would say maple, too, and a lot of shorts to boot!

-- Wag more, bark less.

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SomeClown

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#4 posted 523 days ago

Yeah, the guy who put in the floor (the homebuilder) tried to make things look nice and didn’t. Our home inspector at the time commented that it looked like Stevie Wonder did the finish work. He used really cheap materials where he could.

That said, the layout, structure, size, etc. was perfect for us so my wife and I are slowly redoing the finish work to our own tastes (wainscoting, crown, etc.). Slow process but rewarding. Right now we’re looking at putting in a reclaimed hardwood floor (wife wants 1 1/2” or 2 1/4” maple in the 1920’s style, but I’m pushing for Douglas Fir).

What the current floor is doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things since it was put in wrong anyhow (There are gaps in weird places and the guy put the cabinetry in before the floor). I’m mostly just curious.

-- There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't.

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#5 posted 523 days ago

I put down some pecan 2nds that looked kind of like that. I wouldn’t swear that’s what it is, but it is similar.

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Gunney

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#6 posted 523 days ago

All the shots of the floor look like maple to me, but the close-up shot does look more like birch. If I really wanted to know for certain, I’d measure the density and compare it to common species used for flooring.

-- Patrick, Mobile, AL

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WDHLT15

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#7 posted 523 days ago

I am in the “Birch” Camp.

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 523 days ago

Looks like pecan or hickory to me

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Clint Searl

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#9 posted 523 days ago

Hickory

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#10 posted 523 days ago

Poplar is the first thing to pop into my head, but the side grain makes me think of Birch.

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Tony_S

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#11 posted 522 days ago

Hickory.

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Monte Pittman

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#12 posted 522 days ago

A couple of the pictures look like Hickory and some look like maple.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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WDHLT15

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#13 posted 522 days ago

My first instinct was hickory, but in most all the boards that are visible, the grain is not as course as what I am used to seeing in hickory.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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SomeClown

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#14 posted 522 days ago

Just found the original listing for our home (we bought it from the builder after he had a bout of bad luck in the downturned economy back in 2009) and the floor is listed as “3+ Inch Yellow Birch”. Just an FYI.

-- There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't.

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#15 posted 522 days ago

I’m glad that I didn’t cast my vote for maple before you gave us the answer.

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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