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 Post subject: Matching new hardwood to existing
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:20 am 
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We recently bought a new house that was built in 1935. The house still has the original hardwood floors in throughout the main level except the kitchen and bath. While the kitchen is being renovated we will be installing new hardwoods and wanting them to match the existing floors. Does anyone know what type of flooring (red oak, etc) that this floor is?

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 Post subject: Re: Matching new hardwood to existing
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:48 pm 
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It looks like Red Oak, which has an orange cast. Old floors were usually white oak, but this looks modern.One way to be sure would be to look for open pores of the Spring growth, when the leaves pop out. Red oak has tubes like drinking straws which bring the sap to the leaves that you can blow air through. You would need to remove a small piece to inspect the end grain. They are small, but confined to the soft part of the growth ring.


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 Post subject: Re: Matching new hardwood to existing
PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:50 pm 
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Thanks for the knowledge bomb, Pete. I had no idea about that. Might come in handy some day. Can you see those tubes with the clothed eye?


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 Post subject: Re: Matching new hardwood to existing
PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:51 pm 
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Some cuts are fuzzy and are hard to see the tiny tubes.
You can also make bubbles if you hold the end under water and blow on the other end.


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