beauty and practicality of real, solid, wood
floors cannot be overrated. Finished pine floors
will not wear out. Like hardwood floors, it is
only the finish that wears.
long as the finish is maintained on the wood, a
wood floor can last for centuries, even with hard
daily use. Our 300 year old home has original
floors that attest to this fact.
Over the years, our customers have
expressed again and again, this same satisfaction
with the timeless beauty of wide pine flooring.
Our milling operation produces superior quality
edges that leave no gap between boards when
installed properly. Eastern white pine flooring
boards are available in widths from 6" to
28". Other pine species used for flooring
include Southern Yellow Pine in a clear grade,
and Northern Hard Pine (Norway & Red Pine) in
a knotty grade, both usually available in 6"
to 12" widths.
Available lengths are 8' to 16'
for widths under 18". Wider boards
are usually no longer than 12', but we sometimes
have lengths to 16'. When the square feet
requirement is calculated, add 15% to allow for
the width lost in milling the edges, and for
trimming the lengths back to the nearest joist.
For ease in installing the floor, we recommend
planing two sides, jointing one edge perfectly
straight, and trimming the width to insure
that edges are parallel and that the same width
boards are consistent board to board. The
finished edges can be ship-lap, tongue &
groove, or squared. For some restoration or
remodeling projects, a thicker board is required.
Our 14" and wider stock is available in
7/8" or 15/16" finished thickness, if
Lumber has wide boards of Eastern white pine
(pinus strobus), the same species used in the
early colonies. The boards are personally
selected and graded by our founder, Charles E.
Thibeau, our owner & general manager, and his
son, Mark, our company president.
widths are from 6" to 22", (often
available to 28"), and can be ordered
anywhere inbetween. Most of our customers request
random widths from 12" to 18", planed
to 3/4" thick, and in a knotty grade,
classed as a #3 common and better, (NELMA Premium grade), with hard red knots. Stock is also
available in 7/8" & 15/16"
The wood is
kiln dried in our own kilns to an 8% (+/-2%)
moisture content, and machined in-house to our
We also offer an intermediate
grade, classed as a #2 common and better, (NELMA Finish grade), with fewer and smaller knots. For the
highest quality, we have wide pine boards in a
clear pine, (NELMA D Select).
These boards are ideal for the better pine
furniture or finest flooring and paneling. (See
our NELMA grading photos to compare knot density.)
those who love the look and dent resistance of
oak, Craftsman Lumber also offers wide oak
flooring in 5" to 10" widths. These
clear red oak boards are planed to 3/4"
thickness and tongue & grooved. Wider oak
boards from 12" to 18" are also
available at a premium. Oak flooring should be
installed with long screws penetrating the
joists. Drilled holes with counterbore will
prevent cracks in the oak and provide for wood
plugs to hide the screws. A 15% allowance is
added to the square foot area, as with pine
Other wide hardwood flooring
that we can make up for you include: white oak,
maple, cherry, mahogany, walnut, and teak.
Similar parameters apply as above.
To reproduce the traditional beauty and
informal charm of paneled rooms, the same pine
flooring boards can be used for the walls. When
ordering for vertical use, lengths should be
specified. Any width is appropriate.
or both faces can be planed and the edges milled
to your specifications. Options include ship-lap,
tongue & groove, featheredging, beading and
other traditional profiles.
Classic raised panel walls can be made
up from an accurate sketch or blueprint, in large
easily fitted sections to be mounted onto
We also make to order the old
style "railroad siding" also called,
"Victorian wainscoting", or "porch
ceiling", with beaded edge and center bead
as a dual wainscoting with vee edge and center
vee groove on the opposite side. This style was
widely used from about 1850 to 1930. It can be
made in various woods such as clear pine, fir,
and oak. Usually 5/8" thick and 3 1/4"
wide, with tongue & groove.
We welcome the opportunity to
quote on any other specialized paneling
requirements that you may have.
offer the highest quality authentic quartersawn
spruce or pine clapboards. These vertical grain
clapboards, if properly installed, will last over
100 years. Quartersawing eliminates the cupping
and warping problems which resawn boards are
subject to. Widths are; 4 1/2", 5",
5 1/2", and 6". Strapped in
bundles from 2' to 6'. Most bundles are in 4' to
6' lengths and can be ordered in three grades
from #1 X Clear to the Cottage grade (which
allows several small knots or blemishes). These
clapboards accept paint and stain better than
cedar clapboards. Cedar reacts chemically to
paints and stains, especially water based, which
reduces adhesion. This causes cedar clapboards to
require more frequent re-painting.
our bandsaw mill, Craftsman Lumber can produce
extra-long boards, and also pine and oak beams in
most any width & thickness, and in lengths up
to 24 feet. These are not a stock item and
usually require considerable lead-time. Extra
long boards are dried properly which adds to the
lead time. Beams are often cut, shipped and
installed green. Checking is to be expected in
beams, as you can see in viewing any old house.
Recommended for face-nailing
pine flooring. Nail flush, then set slightly
below surface about 1/16".
Recommended for face-nailing
paneling and wainscoting. Sometimes used for
Recommended for paneling and
wainscoting for a more informal or rustic look.
Also can be used for face-nailing floors, but can
be more of a dirt catcher.
Velvit Oil Wood Finish is a top quality
penatrating oil and resin finish that will stain,
seal, fill and finish in one step. This finish
will not peel, crack or wrinkle, and will resist
alcohol, hot liquids, common stains and many
harsh chemicals. It is easy to use, and has a
coverage of over 400 square feet per gallon.
Use Velvit Oil with confidence
on cabinets, paneling, floors, wood work, gun
stocks or any bare wood surface when wood is
unfinished or for refinishing.
Velvit Oil is a product of:
P.O Box 1741
Appleton, WI 54913