Douglas Fir Picklewood Bottoms Flooring  

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Douglas Fir Picklewood Bottoms Flooring - Product Info

Striking color variation and clear, tight grain make Trestlewood's Douglas Fir Picklewood T&G Flooring a popular distressed floor. Beginning in the mid 1800s, dozens of food preparation companies produced pickles, vinegar and other food products in large wooden vats. These vats are now being reclaimed and given a new life.

Vat staves produce Picklewood flooring with its signature intermixing of light and dark colors. Vat bottoms (and thicker staves) result in flooring with rich colors but more subtle color variations.

Specification Sheet #2011 - Picklewood T&G Flooring
SpeciesPrimarily Douglas Fir
SourceDeconstructed Pickle Vats from various projects in the United States and Canada. Picklewood flooring is produced from 6/4" staves from deconstructed pickle vats. Picklewood bottoms flooring is produced from the bottoms and 2"+ staves of deconstructed pickle vats.
Flooring TypeSolid Wood, Unfinished
ProfileTongue and Groove (T&G)
KnotsPicklewood material is virtually clear. Occasional pin knots are allowed
HolesOccasional small nail holes; no visible bolt holes (boards were often assembled with wooden dowels so there can be some partial dowel holes on the edge of the reverse face)
Checking/CracksUnlimited as long as board is sound; end cracks to extend no more than 6" into board; some boards have dark checking, making them ideal for a distressed flooring product
Grain PatternTight grain; primarily flat or mixed grain, vertical grain may be available from time to time.
Standard Dimensionsa) Thickness: 3/4"; b) Width: Varies, typical Picklewood flooring widths can be expected to be 2" to 4.5"; wider Picklewood flooring may be available at any given time (wider flooring would usually come from Picklewood bottoms); and c) Length: 2 to 7' with no more than 5% of total footage shorter than 4'
Textures AvailableSmooth, Wire-Brush, Circle-Sawn, As-Is and Skip-Planed
As-Is TextureThe As-Is Weathered product is machined without milling the weathered face of the exterior of the picklewood. The result is a rustic, weathered flooring product which will generally have a slight "radius" across the face of the flooring as a result of the material having been salvaged from the staves of pickle vats.
Salt/MineralsPicklewood materials contain significant amounts of salt and other minerals, creating special characteristics and/or considerations like those described in the following items.
Color/AppearanceThe coloring of individual Picklewood boards varies widely. Weathered faces can include a range of grays and browns (the exterior of the pickle vats generally weathered to grays, while the interior generally weathered to browns.) Processed Picklewood materials have color variations which range from normal Douglas Fir coloring to color combinations unique to Picklewood materials.
Finishes/GluesCertain finishes and glues do not work well with Picklewood materials. Most importantly, DO NOT USE WATER-BASED FINISHES.
Metal CorrosivenessPicklewood materials can have a corrosive effect on metal fasteners, machinery and saw blades. Stainless steel fasteners should be used in lieu of regular steel fasteners, especially in applications involving the likely mixing of Picklewood, moisture and oxygen.
MoisturePicklewood absorbs moisture more readily than typical Douglas Fir. Picklewood materials (especially materials with air dry or kiln dry time) should be handled, stored and transported carefully to minimize any unnecessary reabsorption of moisture.
OdorPicklewood materials often have a strong pickling smell to them. This odor is especially strong as wet material is being cut or otherwise processed. It tends to become less and less of an issue as material is allowed to air dry (or as material is kiln dried).
Salt LeachingAs moisture is drawn out of Picklewood materials, it brings salt with it. Salt leaching tends to be the most concentrated at knots and material ends, but can happen anywhere. Air dry time (and kiln drying) reduces, but does not eliminate, salt leaching. Approaches to salt leaching include sanding and refinishing impacted areas to doing nothing (and letting the salt serve as one of the most visible evidences of the history and reclaimed nature of Picklewood materials.) Salt is more visible on processed materials than on as-is materials.
Appearance VariationBoards can vary in appearance from piece to piece and even within a piece. The characteristics described on this specification sheet generally apply to each board's featured face. The opposite face and edges can differ from the featured face in texture, coloring, and other characteristics unless otherwise noted.
Special CharacteristicsColor varies in this product due to varied conditions of use. Some boards contain substantial dark coloration (especially those from the vat staves.) Other boards are not as dark. The range of colors is a feature of this flooring product. Color variation will be more pronounced in some flooring runs than in others.
Note: Please study Picklewood specification sheets to familiarize yourself with Picklewood characteristics and their possible implications for your application.