2″ Wide 1/2″ Thick White Oak Hardwood Flooring Mocks Me

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What’s the big deal about 2″ Wide, 1/2″ thick White Oak flooring you ask? It turns out that if you go to most mainstream flooring outlets, including places like Home Depot and Lumber Liquidators, the narrowest width hardwood flooring you’re likely to find is 2- 1/4″, and it won’t be 1/2″ thick. If you’re a regular reader of HomeFixated, you won’t be surprised that the notion of putting hardwood flooring a full 1/4″ wider and 1/8″ thicker than the original vintage flooring in our house was a distressing idea to contemplate. Oh, and be sure to read the Editor’s Update at the end of the article for more recent info.

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2 inch wide white oak flooring successfully sourced for a recent kitchen install

In my mind, that 1/4″ expanded to several feet, and I imagined the new floor taunting me with its cruel obesity. However, after a couple months of unsuccessful tries to find flooring to match, and some obsessive soul searching, I decided to proceed with the 2-1/4″ by 3/4″ white oak. It pained me, but I made my peace with that spare 1/4″. . . . until one fateful day. That day, I had just finished a week of meticulously nailing the hardwood floor into place. I found a local flooring supplier where I went to pick up some applicator pads for the finish. As I was checking out, I glanced up on the wall by the register, and to my horror saw what appeared to be a match for our vintage flooring. When I fearfully asked the guy behind the counter what it was, he replied, “oh, you mean the 2″ by 1/2″ white oak?” I looked back at the sample piece, and I swear it was mocking me. Seriously, you could see a snickering grin in the wood grain. That, and a middle finger.

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2 inch wide white oak flooring finally being installed

I of course played it off like I was just curious about the sample, and then proceeded to lay down in the parking lot and throw a concrete kicking tantrum that would have impressed my two year old. Actually I just cried and moved on. OK, honestly, I just let loose a series of rapid-fire profanities. I then decided I needed to share my painful 1/4″ tragedy, in the hopes I might spare one of you from being subjected to a similar bitter ending. So, if you have a historic home with 2″ wide, 1/2″ thick white oak flooring, please know matching hardwood flooring does exist and is available, however, expect to hunt for it. GoldenStateFlooring.com offers this size for a little over $3 a square foot. Tom Duffy Co also sells it, but only to the trade. If you’re having trouble finding it, try to find a similar hardwood floor distributor in your area and they can probably track it down for you. Keep the faith and stay authentic!

Editor’s Update:
After this early experience, I was determined to get it right on my next project. With a little help from a licensed contractor friend, I was able to procure the elusive two inch wide hardwood flooring on a kitchen flooring job (photos above) I recently undertook when testing a new Senco pneumatic flooring nailer. It turns out that Lebanon Oak Flooring Co is the manufacturer, and if you’re having trouble finding narrow strip flooring in your area, you can contact them via the link below. They also offer other widths, including the possibly more elusive 1 1/2″ wide strip flooring.

More Info - via Lebanon Oak Flooring

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Comments

  1. Thank you! Like other posters, I thought I must be crazy. Even contacting places with salvaged wood, they assured me 2″ is not normal.

  2. Kathleen says:

    Thank God! I thought I was going crazy too! My house was built in 1924 and needs a few pieces replaced. No one seems to believe me that you can’t just go out and buy this stuff and have it match. I don’t know why, but you can’t. I’m so glad I found this helpful discussion. THANK YOU!

  3. Thanks every one ,, this is very helpful David, thanks again

  4. Hi Jacquelyn,

    Thanks for your vivid account of your own 2″ hardwood flooring debacle! Sorry about the patch and scary carpeting. I say don’t give up hope! Did you try contacting Tom Duffy (http://www.tomduffy.com/), and sweet talking them into a solution (maybe having them put you in touch with one of their flooring installer clients that might be willing to buy for you and then sell to you for a little mark-up?) I know for a fact that the store in San Diego carried the two inch flooring for the trade. I don’t want you to experience the pain that I did (finding a source right after you opt for a non perfect match). Plus, getting the old flooring out of the closets without damaging it can be a challenge too. The two inch wide hardwood flooring is definitely made and sold throughout the US, but I think your best bet is going to be to find a source that generally works with installers and finishers. Lastly, the 60′s are not vintage unless you’re discussing clothes, furniture or scary carpet! ; ) Good luck, and let us know how it goes!

  5. Elusiveness has become more like “surely you jest” to me – I cannot believe the 2″ wide just doesn’t exist to consumers (my experience thus far). However, I find a slight bit o’ comfort reading your missive (especially the tantrum :) knowing I’m not the only one growing cranky over what should be an easy fix/find. Additionally, I’m having a hard time digesting the fact that I should consider my hardwood floor “vintage” from my circa 1960 house….this would make me vintage given I was born the same year, sigh.

    Regardless, my plight has been a 15′x4′ patch of flooring that was removed by the previous owner (dry rot repairs I think), and replaced by…gulp, plywood, then covered with scary carpeting. I pulled up said scary carpeting and did a premature happy dance when I discovered hardwood flooring, albeit clearly very mistreated and in need of significant TLC, only to discover the gaping/glaring/gross missing patch.

    I’m at the point wherein I’m thinking of pulling up the flooring from the closets to use to replace the plywood patch and replacing the closet flooring with the dreaded 2″+ planks – think this the wrong path?

    Thanks for taking the time to share your trials and tribulations – much appreciated.

  6. Hi Eric,

    Try contacting some of the folks at Tom Duffy (also linked in the original post). They primarily sell to the flooring installer folks, but they might be able to point you to a retail source, or can maybe even get a small quantity for you. If they stick to their “trade only” guns, see if they can recommend a local installer that might be willing to buy for you for a little extra for the installer? Let me know how you make out. I know first hand, 2″ wide vintage style hardwood flooring can be elusive! Grrrrr!

  7. So I think the Golden State lead is fizzling out on me. Any other direction you could point me? Thanks again Marc…

  8. Hi Eric,

    I’m glad I may have provided at least one person with hardwood floor salvation! Don’t give up, the 2 inch wide restoration flooring is definitely out there! Good luck with your project!

  9. I thought I was going crazy!
    “don’t you mean 2 1/4? That’s a pretty standard size”
    THANK YOU for posting this…hopefully golden state can help me with the small amount I need to finish my restoration!

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