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post #1 of 3 Old 01-31-2016, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Heart pine flooring

Hey guys! Just joined and got a question for y'all...we really want old, heart pine flooring but the cost is holding us back. There is an old house nearby that we could remove all the pine from but have a question about the condition. My husband pulled a few boards off to plane and some of them broke off. The inside of the boards are "lighter'd". Is that the way it's supposed to be or is it too far gone? After planing the boards, they are beautiful but all I've seen are boards that came from big beams and they do not look like this on the inside. Thanks for any input/advice!
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post #2 of 3 Old 02-01-2016, 06:35 AM
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"boards are "lighter'd"." I do not recognize this term.

Do you have a picture or can you give a better description.

When I was young we called heart pine "light wood" because it was full of pitch and was good to use as a fire starter. Is this what you are saying?

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Pine just darkens as it ages. If you sand the old wood and get down to new wood it's going to be lighter.

You can save some money by reclaiming the old wood but you probably should get a metal detector to make sure you get all the nails out. Then there will be a lot of wear and tear on your planer knives so you better include several sets of knives in your assessment of the cost.

The wood you can get from the other house, is it flooring already? If not it will take a lot of work to manufacture flooring out of it. Without a molder it difficult to make the tongue and groove and have it alien well when you install it to the floor.
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