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Offline Wyatt

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« on: January 01, 2005, 06:41:09 PM »
Happy new Year everyone. For all of you that make flooring, is it really crucial to end match??? on 2 1/4" or is this an industry "selling point". I build furniture and I never worry too much about movement in 2 1/4".
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Re: wood flooring
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2005, 03:48:43 AM »
No, Wyatt!  You don't need to end-match the 2.25" flooring.  In fact NOFMA (www.nofma.com) says you don't need to EM until you get over six inches. And they require their members to do EMing!  Most old homes ahve flooring that is not EM, and some have very wide floors.  Many manufacturers of custom flooring do not end match, and in very wide flooring, one is www.wideplankfloooring.com.

The key is having the lumber dried correctly.  And then acclimated to the environment in which it will be installed, meaning that you deliver the flooring to the installation site a week or more before it will be laid.  And it's important that home has appropriate climate control.  Otherwise the wood willl move.  It's the laws of physics in action.

Another thing: Why would you make 2.25" flooring on purpose?  Make it random width plank flooring, say 3-4-5"  Or even wider !  The narrow strip floors just don't look as good as the wider and longer flooring.  The strip flooring mills take two truckloads of low grade lumber (2A and 3A) and turn it into one truck of flooring, which is a commodity.  Their flooing is beautiful, but it is short and narrow.  Visually, flooring looks much better wide and long.

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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2005, 04:13:24 PM »
Just out of curiosity what is end matching??
Crazy enough to try it! (once)

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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2005, 04:51:32 AM »
It's like putting a tounge and groove on the ends of  boards. A properly nailed floor doesn't need it unless your doing real wide stuff.

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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2005, 06:51:17 AM »
Thanks Norm.
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