I live in an older home with top nailed 2"x5/16" red oak floors. I need
to replace a few boards. EXCEPT my boards are 2 1/16"!
Do I have a chance of finding boards like that somewhere? I have found
nothing locally (Philly, PA). I'm contemplating milling my own, but I
don't have a working planer and can't find one to borrow. Quotes that I
got for milling it are outrageous. Any suggestions?
Sure. First try lumberyards [not Lowes or Home Depot]. Then try
Then try your local re-cycle store. We have 3 now within about 50
miles of me that are stocked with old windows, doors, flooring, &
fixtures from houses that have been torn down.
Depending on how much you need, you could get by nicely with a table
saw, & router. You're going to rent a sander anyway to do the
floors- so just leave the top a 32nd of an inch high.
I read it as instead of the 'normal' 2" wide strip, he had 2 1/16"
strip. Sounds like he is trying to weave a patch or something. Short of
pulling up a strip of matching floor elsewhere (like from a closet, or
maybe the last two feet of a low-traffic room), and relaying that with
modern stock, he is likely looking at custom milling, or trying to get
by without the T&G part and just patching with plain boards. If it was a
small patch, I'd likely try that, and take whatever measures I could to
keep the joints tight. (Like maybe some of those screws with the
break-off heads they sell for putting through carpet to de-squeak
floors. Those would almost look like face nails once ground smooth and
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