yellow pine tongue and groove boards for a floor

peanutmomMay 8, 2009

My husband and I are having a hard time deciding what to do with some yellow pine tongue and groove boards we saved from total demolition at Fort Ritchey. I have thought about using them for my kitchen floor. Or maybe for our living room floor. We have just enough to do one or the other, but not both. I have tossed around the idea of using it for chair railing in my living room as well.

If anyone is wondering why this is so hard for me to decide...

1. I have no idea how durable yellow pine is.

2. I don't know how it takes stain or looks with just a poly finish.

3. There is kind of a hit and miss philosophy at our house. We will use things where we think they will look good.

4. Our taste is simple, country and rustic.

If anyone has any ideas or has used yellow pine for anything, please let me know. I'm dying to hear of anything you might be able to supply me with.

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1. New yellow pine is a soft wood. The older it is, the greater the chance that it was from old growth and significantly stronger/more dense. It was a pretty common flooring material in much of the south.

2. You've got the boards - give it a test run. You can always sand it off. Most pine doesn't take darker stains all that well, so I'd try natural or something pretty light.

4. I think yellow pine would fit in very well with a house designed with "rustic" tastes.

In our current home, the upstairs is heart pine except for a back room. It looks like they enclosed a porch at some point and put down a yellow pine floor. We just had them all refinished and the yellow pine looks really nice just natural w/ poly. (At least I think it does.)

    Bookmark   May 8, 2009 at 4:23PM
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If it's heart pine, it will turn red when wetted - no need for staining, a clear finish will keep it red although I prefer an oil finish to poly. Other pine will remain yellowish when wetted.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2009 at 4:55PM
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Since it's not down yet, why not do a test run on the back side of the boards, with different stains and finishes? Then lay out the "test" you like best first in your kitchen, and then the living room, for a day or two. See which feels right.

Carla in Sac

    Bookmark   May 8, 2009 at 6:36PM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

As has been posted,pine is soft. We found it under many layers of linoleum in our kitchen when we remolded years ago and thought, this is great, but found that just about anything hard would damage it,high heels, dog nails, etc.It was very pretty but just not durable.By the way,you said Fort Ritchie,so we would be close,I am in Hagerstown.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2009 at 4:34AM
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Here is a table showing the relative hardness of different woods used for flooring.

Here is a link that might be useful: wood hardness table

    Bookmark   May 9, 2009 at 6:06AM
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Christophern, it's nice to know that there are people close buy that have the same interests.

I actually live in PA. My husband was doing some landscaping at Fort Ritchey and was told they were going to tear down the pavillions to make way for a new road. DH asked the supervisor in charge of the project if he could salvage some of the boards, and after many hours of hard labor we salvaged a good deal of the top of one of the pavillions. The security guys apparently didn't like us working there so the pavillions were knocked down and buried. Tons of beautiful yellow pine tongue and groove boards destroyed. Many of the boards were 14 to 16 feet long. That kind of broke my heart, but we have our own little piece of history to put in our home.

Thanks, mightyanvil, for the table. I had no idea that yellow pine was so soft.

I haven't tested any stains to see what they would look like, but I think I will give that a try. Right now I have some old barn boards as a chair rail in my living room that will have to come out. I kind of hope we can do it carefully to save them. That makes me think that I should start with the kitchen. Until the living room is gutted and redone, it would look odd there.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2009 at 6:32PM
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