My cousin just asked about using cedar as a floor. I immediately scoffed
at the idea but then thought about old New England pine floors. My father
and I replaced the pine floor in his house. It was 200 years old when we
So, I got to thinking, has anyone had any experience with cedar as a floor
material. It has an expansion coefficient that is about 66% of oak so
expanding and shrinking due to humidity should not be a problem.
Thanks for your thoughts.
I helped a friend of mine do one room David much against my recommendations.
I got him to do just one room and try it out for a couple of months before
he took the chance on doing all of them. We ended up pulling it up about 6
weeks later when his girlfriend plunged the tip of her high heel into it and
damn near broke her ankle. (no comments guys!) We had installed T & G
cedar on his ceiling and it was his intent to reflect one against the other.
The look was great - but maybe for a roped off museum that no one would ever
go into. Even an overstuffed occassional chair with him sitting in it
caused one of the legs to dent it. I'd go with something else . . . like
some 200 year old pine. We actually - we replaced the cedar floor with pine
and it looked great. The cedar is just way too soft.
I think this calculation has been used before, but too lazy to google. 110
lb female, 3/8 in x 3/8 in heels = 110 lbs on .14 sq inches = 750 lbs per
square inch. Actually more, but everyone understands lifting one foot to
take a step, and few care to speculate on how much of the heel is actually
in contact as she strides.
Anyway, it's just too damn soft, unless you've got close-grown quartersawn
stuff, then it's just too soft. Things are different nowadays.
On Wed, 10 Sep 2003 09:29:54 -0400, "David Chamberlain"
Sort of. I have built several decks of cedar. They have held
up well. There are differences, however. The decking is thicker than
flooring usually is. None of the decks had overly heavy furniture on
them. On the other hand, no high heels went through them either.
I think it could be done, but it sounds like problems to me.
I woundn't do it. You would have to be careful of the cedar you
bought--certainly not something from the borg. You would also be wise
to do lots of research beforehand.
Don't confuse yourself comparing cedar and pine for this. For
something like this, they would be quite different.
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