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Making Antiques Last

Key Features:
  • Reclaimed old-growth 3mm (1/8") thick wear layer
  • Planks are 7-1/2" wide
  • Random Lengths of 1 to 7 feet
  • Plywood substrate
  • $6 per square foot (2009)
  • Pricing as of 2009.
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  • Antique pine engineered floor planks
Learn more about Krantz Recovered Woods:
by Deborah Holmes, Ebricks.com

Reclaimed old-growth timber is beautiful and environmentally friendly, but limited in supply. This mill, specializing in resurrecting industrial and water-submerged logs, has found a way to stretch the availability of this unique wood.

This gorgeous antique floor is made from engineered planks. One-eighth inch thick slices of antique pine are laminated to a solid 7-layer plywood base. The flooring is then sanded and pre-finished with a clear aluminum-oxide polyurethane.

The boards are tongue-and-grooved on all four sides and can be nailed or glued down. The plywood base makes this flooring useable everywhere from below-grade to atop concrete and raised foundations.

Not a bad new life for wood that likely started out as a structural beam in a pre-1925 building.

Shown here is prefinished brown reclaimed pine. Boards are 7-1/2 wide and random lengths of one to seven feet.

Cost is about $6 a square foot, which is competitive with higher end offerings at big box stores.

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