Oak or Pine? How do you tell? Pic included.

(23 Posts)
Palomb Wed 24-Aug-16 22:21:00

We've just spent all evening pulling staples out of the floor reading for sanding.. What a horrible job!

I'm not sure whether he floor is oak or pine. any ideas?

GiddyOnZackHunt Wed 24-Aug-16 22:23:25

Pine according to DH.

MakemineaGandT Wed 24-Aug-16 22:26:14

Pine

MakemineaGandT Wed 24-Aug-16 22:27:26

What age is your house? If Victorian/Edwardian it's almost certainly pine - never meant to be seen (though will look great once sanded and finished!)

Palomb Wed 24-Aug-16 22:57:38

1930's it's got oak (I think) I the hall that's been stained and I'm hoping to be able to get the same kind of look in this room. Can you make 2 types of wood look similar?

This is the hall

CotswoldStrife Wed 24-Aug-16 23:03:39

I think the floorboards are pine, the hall is a different type of flooring but it is a lovely colour so hopefully you can stain them a similar shade.

situatedknowledge Wed 24-Aug-16 23:05:51

Your hall floor is gorgeous. I'm pretty sure the other one is pine, which will also look great sanded. I'm jealous.

elephantoverthehill Wed 24-Aug-16 23:08:58

It is pine. You can tell by the knots.

Smidge001 Wed 24-Aug-16 23:10:04

My money's on pine too. Pine's softer than oak though - can you mark it by pressing the end of a pen in it? If so, definitely pine.

IdaDown Wed 24-Aug-16 23:11:26

Save the sanding dust.

If you find any places that need filling, use the dust.

Mix with glue. I'd use animal/fish. It will stain the same colour as the boards.

Palomb Wed 24-Aug-16 23:16:02

That's a great tip ida thank you! We're hoping to do it all ourselves and some of the planks are in a dreadful state so it's not going to be easy!

The hall floor is lovely and so easy to manage. Far more sensible that carpets for us anyway, I have a huge hoovering aversion .

GiddyOnZackHunt Wed 24-Aug-16 23:50:43

DH reckons your hall floor looks like it might be oak. We're on my phone so he isn't 100% sure but he says that isn't pine.

I think oak downstairs but cheap pine upstairs is pretty common.

wowfudge Thu 25-Aug-16 07:17:20

It's definitely pine and the other one is oak.

Palomb Thu 25-Aug-16 10:21:05

Thanks all. Any reccomendations for wood due to make the pine the same colour as the oak?

wowfudge Thu 25-Aug-16 10:42:35

Colron - I'd try it on a piece of pine timber, assuming you'll sand back those boards, and look for the closest match then test the chosen one or mix in an unobtrusive area on the boards. You don't need much dye to make a difference. You can also get coloured waxes.

PrimalLass Thu 25-Aug-16 10:47:14

Look at the General Finishes gel
Stains.

Palomb Thu 25-Aug-16 15:17:05

I like the sounds of coloured wax. I always think waxed wood feels lovely to touch.

wowfudge Thu 25-Aug-16 15:46:45

You can dye the boards the right colour and then wax them.

Palomb Thu 25-Aug-16 17:20:36

Cool, thanks for the help smile

Chunkamatic Thu 25-Aug-16 17:23:23

I would recommend googling OSMO products. They are amazing for floors and furniture and have stains. I did my pine hall floorboards with this and it has really stood the test of time!

Palomb Thu 25-Aug-16 19:24:01

I'll have a look thanks smile

CanadianJohn Fri 26-Aug-16 05:09:07

I'm pretty sure it is oak. Google for "pine floor" and look at the images, and then do the same for "oak floor".

Palomb Fri 26-Aug-16 07:20:08

Which floor?

Someone up thread said that if I could mark the floor with my nail or a pen lid then it's pine, well I can't.. If it's pine it's very hard pine.

I'm going to have to take a board in to a wood yard later anyway to get some replacement peices so I'll see dust they say.

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