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Posted by tomh on February 22nd, 2003 02:32 PM
In reply to Shrunken Floor Boards by gram1 on February 22nd, 2003 01:51 PM [Go to top of thread]

In historic preservation, plank floors are often chinked with Oakum. Its an ancient material originally used to caulk seams between boards on ships and wood boats. (another variety is melted with lead to pot plumbing stacks). Its basically hemp or jute rope soaked in pine tar, varnish or linseed. Because it is flexible, it moves with the wood when it shrinks and swells. It is appropriate for your application, because anything else would either be squeezed out, or could crush the wood. I have no experience in using it. A couple possibilities I found on web search are:

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