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2 hours ago, Woodworks said:

Its 20mm thick and planned both sides. It was kiln dried wood so little shrinkage after laying but noticeably larger gaps near the Aga but pretty good joints away from it for a rustic floor. Laid it 20 plus  years ago and people still comment on how nice it looks. Seems to remember pre drilling the holes for the cut nails as they tended to split the wood without but they dont half hold well. Had a water leak a few years back and it was hell trying to lift them.

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That does look very nice! I do like the nails showing too, very rustic. And since we're ina  farmhouse and going for the rustic look we may emulate that. 

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Its 20mm thick and planned both sides. It was kiln dried wood so little shrinkage after laying but noticeably larger gaps near the Aga but pretty good joints away from it for a rustic floor. Laid it 20 plus  years ago and people still comment on how nice it looks. Seems to remember pre drilling the holes for the cut nails as they tended to split the wood without but they dont half hold well. Had a water leak a few years back and it was hell trying to lift them.
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Very smart!
I’ve only ever made raw Oak into 4 to 5” slabs for large durable outside benches and tables on riverbanks. Where I used nails to secure the pieces it stained the immediate surrounding area as if with iodine. Presumably this was because of the moisture content reacting with the iron/steel nails, and not something likely to happen with seasoned floor boards?

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15 minutes ago, Baldbloke said:

 


Very smart!
I’ve only ever made raw Oak into 4 to 5” slabs for large durable outside benches and tables on riverbanks. Where I used nails to secure the pieces it stained the immediate surrounding area as if with iodine. Presumably this was because of the moisture content reacting with the iron/steel nails, and not something likely to happen with seasoned floor boards?

 

No not likely with dry boards. Think the staining is caused by the iron reacting with the tannins in oak when moist. 

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