Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Powell River British Columbia, Canada
You could buy rough sawn lumber from a local band saw mill operator, but you will want to sand it after installation, as you will get some splinters, as mentioned above, and the flooring will be hard to keep clean if not smoothed. As Daren has mentioned, the harder the wood the better it will stand up. If you really like the "distressed" look softer woods will take the look by abusing it with chains, hammers, etc to dent it up. Staining can be done kind of splotchy to give the wood an antique and worn look. I suggest that you get some sample boards of various woods, and try to achieve the look you want. Once you have established the look to your satisfaction you can make your decisons as to how much material you will need. Allow about 20% for scrap and waste. As mentioned above the wood will have to be dried down to 6% or so before it is secure, or you will encounter large gaps as the wood dries out.