Tag: hardwood floors

Why Old-Growth Wood is Better

By Scott Sidler | June 1, 2015

old-growth wood

There is no better wood to use when repairing an old house than old-growth lumber. Though it is hard to come by (it’s not on the shelves at Home Depot) it is the most appropriate and best performing options especially […]

How To: Make Distressed Wood Floors

By Scott Sidler | April 27, 2015

how to make distressed wood floors

Usually I focus on how to restore the older elements of your house, but today I’ve got a little tutorial for making something new look old. My wife and I are just finishing our attic bedroom project (more on that […]

How To: Determine Different Types of Wood Finish

By Scott Sidler | October 2, 2014

How To Determine Different Types of Wood Finish

This week’s Ask The Craftsman Question comes from Johnathan. “How can I tell what type of finish is on my wood floors?” Johnathan, get out your chemistry set and I’ll show you how to determine the different types of wood […]

How To: Remove Stain From Wood

By Scott Sidler | September 25, 2014

remove stain from wood

This week’s Ask The Craftsman question comes from Douglas. “What do you recommend to remove stain from an antique mantle?” Douglas, I’m assuming that we are not talking about pets stains here. Stains from pet urine blacken wood in a […]

How To: Fix Creaky Wood Floors

By Scott Sidler | September 18, 2014

How to fix creaky wood floors

This week’s Ask The Craftsman question comes from Heidi. “How do I fix creaky wood floors?” Heidi, there are a couple quick fixes for creaky wood floors that you can do. #1 Baby Powder Sprinkle some baby powder in the […]

Ask The Craftsman: What’s the Best Finish For Wood Floors?

By Scott Sidler | July 17, 2014

How to fix creaky wood floors

We’ve got another great question this week from Richard in Pompano Beach, FL “What’s the best finish for the wood floors on my 1924 Bungalow?” Richard, the gold standard for refinishing wood floors today is 3 coats of oil-based polyurethane. […]

Invisible Repairs For a Hardwood Floor

By Scott Sidler | March 17, 2014

Invisible Repairs Hardwood Floor

My company is featured in the April/May 2014 edition of Fine Homebuilding Magazine for the unique way we repair historic hardwood floors. Here is a large portion of the article available for free only to The Craftsman Blog family. Enjoy! […]

Choosing Rot Resistant Wood

By Scott Sidler | January 6, 2014

rot resistant wood

Old houses are constantly having to deal with wood rot and insect damage. While the old-growth wood used in houses built before the turn of the 20th Century are a more rot resistant wood than anything available today, no wood […]