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Old 12-16-2009, 07:41 PM   #21
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More elegant & hard would be brazillian walnut (ipe). It's extremely hard. Weighs twice as much as red oak. Extremely dense. You won't be able to finish it with an oil based finish though, it'll have to be waterborne. It's an oily wood.
I love Ipe. I've layed many porches and deck floors with it. It's just too dark for my place, I think. Although I might reconsider because the stuff is just so damn bulletproof.
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you want hard, Brazillian Walnut is extremely so, but too dark for my personal taste. (Pictures above are beautiful, though!) I like the red tones of cherry, So Brazillian cherry, prefinished, is in my house. Almost as hard as the BR Walnut - you will wear out a saw blade or two installing a decent size job. Plan on slightly more waste. Sometimes can be a little brittle and tongues will blow out when installing and you hit the stapler or nail gun. (Santos Mahagahony (SP?) is beautiful, costs a little more, $2-4/SF more.)

Lady who works for me took the Tiger Wood I bought at the same time as the Br Cherry for my house. Same color tones and similar hardness except has black streak through it, thus the name. Fantastic floor.

Stay away from regular pine. Antique Heart Pine is gorgeous and harder, but also expensive. I suggest prefinished in most any species if you can get it- actually a better finish than S/S, less mess. Spend a little more on the wood, less on finishing. Have to be careful when ordering, go to a dealer you trust. Lots of junk on the market, especially the exotics. Br Ch and Tiger Wood is around $8-9/SF.

Hickory is nice if you like the variation. Hickory is hard, but brittle. I prefer the natural vs. staining it.

American Cherry can be beautiful, I prefer the rustic, but is a little on the soft side if you have an "active" household.

I'm in Kentucky and have a vendor that makes a 4" wide longplank (typically about 6') unfinished wood out of reclaimed plank fencing from horse farms. Mixed species, red and white oak, very rustic, can be finished with poly or tung oil. You might like that a lot, but probably expensive to ship if you were to order it. Also have a vendor that does wide plank reproduction floors. I don't like their Eastern White Pine, too soft, but other species are great if you understand what you are buying. Often designed to finish with tung oil, can NOT be treated like a normal oak S/S floor.

Good luck with whatever your choice!
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Old Growth Riverwood...wood recovered from the Cape Fear River. It is beautiful. located in Wilmington NC
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my fav floor prefinished walnut. Ill be either putting that or wide oak boards with a matt oil finish in my own house.
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you want hard, Brazillian Walnut is extremely so, but too dark for my personal taste. (Pictures above are beautiful, though!) I like the red tones of cherry, So Brazillian cherry, prefinished, is in my house. Almost as hard as the BR Walnut - you will wear out a saw blade or two installing a decent size job. Plan on slightly more waste. Sometimes can be a little brittle and tongues will blow out when installing and you hit the stapler or nail gun. (Santos Mahagahony (SP?) is beautiful, costs a little more, $2-4/SF more.)

Lady who works for me took the Tiger Wood I bought at the same time as the Br Cherry for my house. Same color tones and similar hardness except has black streak through it, thus the name. Fantastic floor.

Stay away from regular pine. Antique Heart Pine is gorgeous and harder, but also expensive. I suggest prefinished in most any species if you can get it- actually a better finish than S/S, less mess. Spend a little more on the wood, less on finishing. Have to be careful when ordering, go to a dealer you trust. Lots of junk on the market, especially the exotics. Br Ch and Tiger Wood is around $8-9/SF.

Hickory is nice if you like the variation. Hickory is hard, but brittle. I prefer the natural vs. staining it.

American Cherry can be beautiful, I prefer the rustic, but is a little on the soft side if you have an "active" household.

I'm in Kentucky and have a vendor that makes a 4" wide longplank (typically about 6') unfinished wood out of reclaimed plank fencing from horse farms. Mixed species, red and white oak, very rustic, can be finished with poly or tung oil. You might like that a lot, but probably expensive to ship if you were to order it. Also have a vendor that does wide plank reproduction floors. I don't like their Eastern White Pine, too soft, but other species are great if you understand what you are buying. Often designed to finish with tung oil, can NOT be treated like a normal oak S/S floor.

Good luck with whatever your choice!
Good taste in floors!
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I am making a wide plank, semi-rough sawn, white oak floor. It will be faced nailed with old cut nails.
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I am making a wide plank, semi-rough sawn, white oak floor. It will be faced nailed with old cut nails.
I can't wait to see it! Do you have any of the planks done yet? Pics? What color are you going to go w/??
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It all depends where you install it.
Here in the bathroom douglas fir in HAwaii, very unususal idea and great effect.
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I'll have to disagree with an earlier poster on the pine. Pine is uglier then sin.

I have to disagree with your disagreement. Heart pine, left natural and sealed with a semigloss poly is hard to beat in my opinion. Were talking real heart pine, the old growth stuff.
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cherry or tigerwood, i love the deep red floors. i see so much birch and oak its become boring to me
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Brazillian walnut
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I am a big fan of the Brazillian woods because of the hardness.... If I had to choose one for my own home it would be Walnut because of the the variations from dark to light.
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Actually this is a birch!
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Brazilian cherie not to dark like walnut nice rad brown tan not soft wood not super expensive and save a little on stain
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Birch is a really good option. it has really nice grain, yet is similar to the maple that you mentioned you like.
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Birch has a beautiful grain but is way too soft. Just dropping a pen leaves a dent. Even with an aluminum oxide finish, the finish gets penetrated and the resulting "bare" wood weathers like an outside wood deck. Birch floors? NO WAY!
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i like the eight inch french pine
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Ipe is Brazillion walnut, and cost a zillion dollars. Go with oak, best bang for your buck. For snd Pune are soft woods, not hardwoods.
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Random width and length oak or pecan.

We have a crap load of reclaimed maple my old man took out of a gym, we will plain it down and install in our our homes sometime. Looks good, and I dug the price, lol

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My favorite wood flooring is Olive Wood by Berti, I think they don't manufacture anymore, I have installed just couple of times in my 30 years career. they have very unique collection.
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Since you are in Toronto,I used to buy quite a lot of materials from Unicorn Wood Floors in Toronto, on Bakersfield Rd. Bob used to supply and mill any specie you can imagine in any length you want, I am not sure if he is still in business.
I also love Patagonian Rosewood.
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