I am going to replace my old, worn out solid pine floor boards with a
harder type of wood, and then paint the floor (to match the Norwegian
Important features are hardness, shrinking/swelling, paint-friendliness
and price. The appearance (colour, grain, knots) is not important
because of the paint.
What type of wood (species) do you recommend?
Thanks from Oslo, Norway!
I'm afraid I have no idea what availability and pricing would be in Oslo.
But are you familiar with the Janka Hardness scale?
You can find a species that's relatively harder, and then balance in the
other factors. Since you're going to be painting it, you'd likely shy away
from the more exotics.
I recently used some Jatoba (Brazillian Cherry) for some cabinet doors.
Beautiful, hard and wouldn't dream of painting it.
I think I'd like to visit, someday.
Can a typical bumbling American (who promises to be humble) with no
secondary language skills come for a visit without too much trouble?
Had the pleasure of being in a class with a couple of naval officers
from Norway in early 1970s and asked one when would be the best time
to visit Norway and got lyrical/musical answer "Oh, the mid two weeks
in May" with a sly grin.
I'm not Elling, but I've been to Norway twice. In the big cities,
not speaking Norwegian is a minor inconvenience at worst. If you
do end up going to Oslo, make sure you go see the Viking Ships museum;
they have 3 ships with artifacts, 1000 or so years old, which are
beautifully presented and displayed, in a building as beautiful as the
contents. The Norwegian Resistance Museum is spectactular as well, and...
well, if you'd like to get suggestions, feel free to drop me an email
and I can talk to some people.
Poplar takes paint very well, and one of the lower cost hardwoods, but
I'm not certain about poplar shrink/swell properties. In Europe it
may be known as canary whitewood or tulip tree. Woods that are
commonly used for flooring include sycamore, white or red oak, and
soft or hard maple--these would be a safe bet. Always allow for wood
movement across the grain.
IMHO poplar is *way* too soft for use as flooring.
here in NE USA I would go for oak or maple as that is. Since local
availability drives cost, I don't know what to recommend in Norway.
If I were you my criteria would be as follows.
1. hardness (floors take a beating).
Weighted in that order.
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