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Hi, I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with red/norway pine flooring. I'm wondering if it takes stain well and if a tung oil finish would be a good choice? Also, does anyone know of a stocking dealer in south east Wisconsin. I'm looking for 6"x16' planks. Thanks, Mike
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The term 'red' comes from the bark, no reflection of the wood color. With few knots to ooze sap, it finishes like any other pine. It is grown locally to you and finding it should not be a problem.
It's actually Red Pine and Norway Spruce, two different woods if you want to get nitpicky.
Norway Spruce is (picea abies). It's a fast growing tree, fast usually means soft. Another factor is water for growth, which affects resin levels, which defines hardness.
Red pine is classified as a 'softwood' and as such, I would not really consider it for flooring. You may want to determine if it was kiln dried prior to hitting the sawmill, this could explain the 'tackiness' and future warpage.
I get concerned about large knots, they tend to loosen and fall out over time.
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