I am in the process of uncovering and refinishing a wide plank pine
floor as I noted in an earlier post. The floor is original to the house
from 1820. I have found that a few of the floor boards had pieces right
near the tongue and groove edge between boards that got broken off by
the sander. Essentially these are long, thin pieces in a few places that
were already cracked and they broke off when the sander hit them. One of
them broke off clean, and I think I can just nail it back in with small
nails and polyurethane over it and it would look fine. The other is a
thin piece (about a 1/4 to a 1/2 inch wide) that broke into several
pieces. The whole piece was about a foot and a half long.
Does anyone know of a good way to "patch" something like this? I was
thinking that maybe people who repair floors a lot might know of a good
source for "patch pieces", or do you just usually just find a piece of
similar size to fill in the spot?
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I did one on a hardwood floor.
First, I found a similar piece of wood to use. Then I routed and
chiseled out the hole until it was a rectangular shape; I also tried to
undercut one side to help hold in the replacement. Then I carved the
replacement to the appropriate shape, but thicker than the hole. I then
epoxied in the replacement, let it set, and sanded the area to bring the
replacement down to the height of the floor, and get the finish off the
old floor. I then refinished, and it came out pretty well.
I would suggest you use epoxy instead of brads. With brads you risk
splitting the wood, and preclude sanding the area in the future. Epoxy
worked well with hardwood; there might be something better for pine.
Rob Gray wrote:
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I really don't know much about repairing your floor, but there is a good
source for patch pieces that will probably come close to matching since this
company goes in and removes floors from old buildings...
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