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post #1 of 14 Old 07-30-2012, 03:36 AM Thread Starter
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What is it??

My neighbor offered up a truckload of this wood! He thinks it is maple from an old gym floor. I know one thing for sure....it is hard as a rock! Ever seen it before? ...How should I start working it? Tips please..


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I did sand the top of it (dirty on bottom) just to see what came of it. Start with 60 grit and worked to a 220 grit...feels like glass now!

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Can't see a pic man.
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Can't see a pic man.

+1. Same here.





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Can't see a pic man.
Looks like genuine red x wood to me
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I don't know what your wood is but lots old gym floors were made of beech, birch or maple.
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LOL @ Steve N.!!!! Think I fixed the pic.... I was hoping for ideas on the best way to strip the wood and what finish(s) would look the best. Like I said, I have a ton of it and it is all tongue and groove....thinking new workbench top!

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Could be maple. Hard to tell from the picture.

If you had a planer, this would be the fastest way to remove the present finish, grim, etc. otherwise you are looking at hand plane, or sanding.

You mention this is T&G. Agree this feels like a terrific workbench top.
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Looks like Maple to me. I would get use of a drum sander instead of a planer.





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+1 on the maple.
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Looks like maple to me also...Myself..I think sand paperwill gum up in n time...I would use a old set of bllades in my planer and make quick work of it.
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Hard maple.
Hand-scrape.
Or ignore the finish, use the stock, and strip where needed before finishing.
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Northern Maple Hardwood flooring

Thanks for all the input guys. JBS...What is the process of 'Hand Scraping'? Is it difficult? ...and What is the desired effect from this?

I have seen that this type of flooring is very popular and have always wondered.

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Northern Maple Hardwood flooring

Thanks for all the input guys. JBS...What is the process of 'Hand Scraping'? Is it difficult? ...and What is the desired effect from this?

I have seen that this type of flooring is very popular and have always wondered.
Hand scraping is the practice of using a sharp edge to force-off the hardened finish rather than using solvents and chemicals to soften it .
It is difficult, because the finish is hard and will dull the scraper pretty quickly. It depends on the size of the project...
I like the idea of ignoring the old finish until the new project is done, and then dealing with it where needed. If you use stripper then, it will help even-out the color and texture.
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