oak floor in herringbone pattern

Old 01-31-07, 02:31 PM
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oak floor in herringbone pattern

I plan on installing unfinished 3/4" oak in a herringbone pattern. I've doubled up the plywood subfloor and I am now getting ready to buy the flooring. I have been hard pressed to locate precut oak made for the herringbone pattern which would be tongue & groove on all sides. The question is "can I cut the lengths from regular strip flooring?" Obviously the short ends will not have the tongue and groove. Is this acceptable? I realize that the floor will be both glued & nailed. Thanks
Old 01-31-07, 03:13 PM
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Because boards have to be cut to size to fit the herringbone pattern, you will likely not be able to find pre-cut wood for this project. Most route out tongue and grooves for end matching. Strip flooring is typically nailed over 8# minimum asphalt roofing which acts as a vapor retarder.

You can go to www.nofma.org and click Publications and download for free the technical manual on hardwood flooring installation.

You can Google for 'how to install hardwood in herringbone pattern' to find detailed instructions for installation. Several websites have excellent instructions with photos.
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There are many mills that make herringbone boards. You have to search around. There is several, making prefinished, and even in an engineered. Do a google search.

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