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Bowling alley floors

Posted by suwannee75 (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 27, 10 at 12:42

We just pulled up the tile in our 1917 arts and crafts home, in the kitchen. There are beautiful maple half the kitchen. The other half apparently was a porch and has painted gray boards.

I want to replace the porch side flooring with the same maple- it is 2 inches wide, apparently an abnormal size (just like a bowling alley). I have already done a net search and called our local specialty store with no luck.

Any suggestions on where to look to find 2 inch maple flooring? Will we have to have it custom milled? Eek, did not expect this when we pulled up the tile!

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RE: Bowling alley floors

My son has had custom mill work done, and I don't know how that compared to pre-finished but it didn't sound all that out of line. My suggestion is to pull up the good flooring in that half kitchen and salvage it for a smaller floor somewhere else down the line, and completely replace the kitchen flooring with new wood. No problems with matches, mill-work, and refinishing. Quick and easy and you can call out any finish you want.

RE: Bowling alley floors

Just "googling" around, it looks like narrow strip maple hardwood flooring is pretty readily available in 2 1/4" widths. I know that's 1/4 inch wider than what you have, but I do wonder how noticeable it would be?

RE: Bowling alley floors

Alternatively - pull up the 2". Buy a few boxes of 3" and 4" and mix them in. You'll have a variable width look and no obvious "new" food divide.

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