Where to buy unfinished wood flooring - please help!

Newbie question: We would like to repair the 45 year old hardwood floors in our Silicon Valley Bay Area home and add some new oak flooring to our newly built extension. Our original flooring is made of 5/16 thick solid oak strips. We are looking for a source of Red Oak Solid Wood Unfinished strips of 2 sizes: 1. 5/16 inch thick strips - width 2 or 2-1/4 - for older parts of home 2. 3/4 inch thick strips - width 2 or 2-1/4 - for newly built extension bedrooms
The idea is to replace all warped strips in the older parts of the home with unfinished 5/16 inch thich strips and lay down 3/4 inch thick unfinished strips in our newly built extension rooms, before sanding and refinishing the old floor and the new one to one uniform color.
5/16 thick unfinished flooring is hard to find. HomeDepot does not carry 5/16 thick strips. We located 2 lumber mills in the bay area that will sell 5/16 strips : Southern Lumber @ $4.50/sq ft! And Minton's lumber @ $.87/linear foot! The prices are way over the top as we found an online source of prefinished Bruce Hardwood (natural reflections) for $3.1 / sq ft. 1. Why is unfinished wood more expensive than prefinished wood? 2. Do any of you pros on this board know where we can buy Unfinished Red Oak Solid Wood flooring for reasonable prices? We prefer Select grade, if at all there is a choice. My husband swears that there should be reasonably priced unfinished red oak flooring somewhere out there. Please help, we have spent so many frustrating weekends visiting all the Bay Area lumber mills in vain. We are willing to drive down a couple of hundred miles if we can locate a good source. Or order on the internet. Thanks in advance for your help.
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thanks, Ed

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I assume you don't need much, just to repair some damaged pieces? Suggest buying standard 3/4" oak strip, plane it down to 3/8", then use a table belt sander to get it to exactly match the thickness of your older 5/16" (which may only be 1/4" if it's been sanded and refinished over the years).

Home Depot sells NOFMA-certified select red oak (3/4"x2-1/4") for about $2.59/sf, #1 common for $2.29/sf (less if you have a coupon or if its on sale or if you buy enough to do a house; I got 20% off). I don't understand Ed's comment about quality - each strip has the NOFMA stamp on the bottom, and is the best stuff I've every used - their select had not one defect in it, and the #1 common was almost free of defects (about one per bundle). - Rod
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Hi Rod,
The 20% off discount @ home depot is most interesting. Can you please let me know how to get such a discount? I will be buying a lot of wood flooring (3/4 thick) for the newly built extension in my home and it would be great to know. Thanks.
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On 11 Jul 2003 20:44:36 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com (no1herenow) wrote:

Where do you get "the coupon" ? Is it good for other material purchases or is this something only for flooring ?
Bob
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'nuther Bob wrote:

something someplace else???? its for an ADVERTISED Price....... not a price that was quoted on a recepit.....
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While I don't know if this will help in your specific situation, check around for a building supply re-use or recycle center. These places take the best pieces of a demolition and make them available for use by others. We visited one today and there were lots of strip flooring (some finished, some not)
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Jim Sullivan



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