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I'm making a wide pine floor in my wife's craftroom but have hit a problem with the first two boards. They are 13'6" long and they don't fit together well. When slid together there's a bow in the middle so the boards touch in the center, but the gap between the two boards on the ends is at least 1/4". Do you think I could make a chalk line to align a straight edge and run the router against that edge to eliminate the bow on one edge? I only need the side that goes against the second board to be straight as the back edge is toward the wall and under the baseboard. I don't have much in the way of extra boards so I need to try to use this one.
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Thanks, Stick. I do have a joiner, but I don't see it helping me out with a 14 foot board. Not sure I know what to use as a 14 foot straightedge either, but I'll figure that out.
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the heavy gauge metal studs make great straight edges. join 2 end to end and you have a nice long edge.

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Do you need to cut it or can you pull in the two ends...?
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My intention is to run these boards the full length of the room, but If I find other boards that are bowed, I may start cutting them shorter.
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Thanks, Stick. I do have a joiner, but I don't see it helping me out with a 14 foot board. Not sure I know what to use as a 14 foot straightedge either, but I'll figure that out.
a 14' 1x4 clamped following your chalk line....

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Do you need to cut it or can you pull in the two ends...?
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Usually if you start jointing to straight the different widths will eventually, or very quickly, buggar you up. I would try to pull them straight or cut them shorter. They straighten out as the lengths get shorter. The big issue with that can be getting the ends square to each other.
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A couple of tips when laying a wood floor. First when cutting them to length let them hang down on you miter or chop saw. This will give you a slight angle and the boards will fit together better because only the top edge will meet. Second to get the bow out of them nail a wedge to the floor a little bit away from the offending board. Then take another wedge and pound it between the bowed board and the wedge that is nailed to the floor. This will force the bowed board tight. Also be sure not to put the first board tight to the wall it needs to have a little room to expand.
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