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mnausa
milling reclaimed pine lumber into flooring

I have several thousand sf of 2x6 old pine boards that I'm milling into T&G flooring. I'm resawing them into two 3/4" thick boards to make the flooring. Is it worth the time and effort to mill the grooves on the bottom of each board that you normally see on solid wood flooring?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: milling reclaimed pine lumber into flooring

Yes, it helps prevent cupping.

Jack

HoustonRemodeler
Re: milling reclaimed pine lumber into flooring

You mentioned pine. Are these boards durable enough for flooring?

mnausa
Re: milling reclaimed pine lumber into flooring

Yes, its actually heart pine. Came out off an old airplane hanger.

Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: milling reclaimed pine lumber into flooring

If you're making it narrow (2.25") OR if it's vertical grain (quartersawn) then no. Otherwise, couldn't hurt.
If you delay planing it, it can remain flatter longer, as the moisture between inside (freshly-exposed by resawing) and the old outside has a chance to equalize.
Casey

jkirk
Re: milling reclaimed pine lumber into flooring

also either pick up. rent or borrow a metal detector and scan every board before you go near any machinery with it. old nails will destroy cutting knives

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