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Hi Chris.  I'm installing a Bellawood Brazilian Koa hardwood floor in several rooms in our house.  While doing the center hall, I decided to not be too concerned with the length of each individual piece of wood as I will be installing a transition piece (I will be using a piece of the actual hardwood after removing tongue).  Therefore, since floor boards butting up against the transition piece must be the perfect length.  My biggest concern is that when sawing through the installed boards to cut to correct length, I will some splinter the top surface of my new floor.  Do you have any suggestions?

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Rich,

If you are using a chop saw / miter saw get the expensive 60-80 tooth blade for finish work. Do some small test cuts and determine whether to cut the face of the wood floor or the back side for best results. You can also place masking tape / painters blue tape on the wood and make your cut... this helps a ton.
If your floor has a micro bevel edge at the seams you can duplicate it somewhat with a sanding block or orbital sander and dab a bit of stain on the edge.

Be prepared with stain and or touch pens sold at the box stores in the paint dept.

Hope everything goes well. This is where the artist in you comes to light.

Chris

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20+ years flooring installation ...carpet,wood,tile and vinyl. Residential and commercial. I do not sell the products , just install what ever the shop / customer has purchased. I actually love seeing the finished project completed and it gives me great satisfaction to help others acheive that goal. If I don't know the answer I will say so, and then I will recommend another expert for you. I may even research the subject and answer to the best of my ability ...including links to my sources. I wish you all success Chris

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20 years as an independant contractor

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H.S. diploma A.S. agriculture Mt San Antonio JR. College

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Gene Bonas and Kevin Churnock Inc. Sheward&Son&Sons Century 21 Forte Const. Famous Footwear BOSE Corporation Homebodies General Contractor Perry Floors, Tri Cord Flooring T.J.'S Supplies

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