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Johnson Renaissance Collection handscraped

Posted by lmt77 (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 17, 10 at 12:21

Any experience/opinions on these products?

I am trying to decide on flooring for my c. 1888 home. We added on the kitchen and also added a family room. The floor in the existing sections of the home are pine. There is no sub floor (or the pine is the sub floor?). When the basement light is on, you can see it through the spaces between the pine planks. I also get a lot of dust/dirt and musty basement smell on the first floor, so we decided to go over the existing pine with a new floor.

I do want to have the look that the new floors have always been there and I'm drawn to the hand scraped flooring for many reasons. I like the look and feel of the hand scraped floors, and I want a medium finish that doesn't show every spec of dust and nick.

I can't afford the $12+/sq. foot flooring. I saw some beautiful handscraped, I believe BR-111, however it's not in the budget.

I thought that I was going to go with Brazilian Cherry (5 inch planks), but I was worried about durability and maintenance (ie constantly mopping to keep up with the dirt/dust/etc from 2 young children and pets).

Yesterday I found the Johnson Renaissance collection.

I saw the Maple solid in Champagne and really like it and it is in my price range, slightly less than the 5" Brazilian Cherry.

I also saw an Oak solid handscraped (Redroan finish) on the Johnson website. My husband likes the maple but was hoping for something slightly richer/reder.

Sorry for the long winded post.

I would love to hear opinions on the Jonshson prefinished solid products in general and I would be over the moon if anyone can weigh in on the particular products:

Johnson Maple Solid Handscraped AME-S12745


Johnson Oak Solid (Redroan) Handscraped AME-S12708

Many Thanks in advance!

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Johnson Renaissance Collection handscraped

Maple is much softer than Brazilian cherry. Based solely on Johnson's headquarters location in Industry City CA. it is a good bet their product line is Chinese. Chinese maple is definitely lighter and therefore likely softer than US maple. I have yet to see any Janka tests results for the Chinese maple.

RE: Johnson Renaissance Collection handscraped

Thanks for your reply. The product line is not Chinese, it is from South America.

Janka rating is 1500.


RE: Johnson Renaissance Collection handscraped

I do want to have the look that the new floors have always been there

Would Brazilian cherry have been likely in 1888?

RE: Johnson Renaissance Collection handscraped

No, not in NJ:) Good point. However, the maple or oak I am considering are from South America as well, so nothing I do with really be something that would have been used in 1888.
Is the look of imported maple or oak close to Ameircan maple or oak, and Brazilian cherry verry different then American cherry?

I was thinking the weathered/old look of the handscraped floors would look more original than shiny new cherry?

RE: Johnson Renaissance Collection handscraped

When marketers use a familiar name for an exotic wood it is only because it bares some resemblance to the domestic version, usually color. The grain is generally quite different.There is no tropical "oak, walnut, cherry or chestnut" as we know it.

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