How I Did This Job: Strip to Plank

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Jj23 Techn Opener Strip To Plank

This project was estimated as a regular refinish, plus the installation of approximately 200 feet of new oak flooring after tile removal—a total of approximately 950 square feet of red oak strip. At the end of the first week of work, with the tiles removed, the new flooring installed and the rough cut done with the big machine, the client saw a sample board I had for a meeting with another client that afternoon. The client loved the idea from first sight.

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The 2-by-5-foot sample panel had nine rows of 2¼-inch red oak strip. They were all stained with the same color, but I had it regrooved every third line and added a few random butt joints going across three rows. The sample included three finishing techniques: The first row was regrooved and sanded flat, the second row was regrooved with hand-scraped bevels and sanded flat, and the third row was regrooved with full hand-scraping on the bevels and the surface.

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