Install Hardwood Floor - Linoleum Reducer

Project Description

I needed to install a reducer between a hardwood floor and linoleum. It's a bathroom door, hardwood floor 3/4 inch on one side, linoleum on the other. See the picture below.

Hardwood floor before installing reducer
Hardwood floor before installing reducer

Hardwood flooring is golden oak. I'd like the joint to be made of the same material. Length of the reducer required - 30.5 inches. Here is another picture with the entire bathroom door visible.

Another view on hardwood floor before installing reducer
Another view on hardwood floor before installing reducer

The vertical drop is approximately 0.42 inches between hardwood floor and linoleum.

Vertical drop between hardwood floor and linoleum
Vertical drop between hardwood floor and linoleum


Completion Notes

This project was completed as follows:

1) Obtained a 3 feet long of unfinished oak reducer with the profile as on the picture below. Vendor: Windsor Plywood. Their part name: 01025 Oak Reducer Small 7-8 ml Laminate. Price on July 17, 2015: CAD 2.15 / foot.

Profile of an unfinished oak reducer
Profile of an unfinished oak reducer

2) The reducer was cut to fit into the space and then stained with Varathane golden oak Wood Stain.

Varathane golden oak wood stain
Varathane golden oak wood stain

Stain was applied with a brush and then wiped off with a cloth, then left to dry off overnight.

3) Then 3 layers of clear, water-based finish applied on top of stained wood. I used Varathane Professional Semi-Gloss clear finish with light sanding between a couple of layers, when there was enough drying time between layers (like overnight).

Varathane water-based semi-gloss clear finish
Varathane water-based semi-gloss clear finish


Below is how a finished golden oak reducer looks like.

Finished, but not yet installed hardwood floor reducer
Finished, but not yet installed hardwood floor reducer

4) Now it's time to nail the reducer down. I used RDK air compressor for this, as on the picture below.

Air compressor
Air compressor

And a 16-gauge nailer with 2" Passlode finish nails.

16-gauge nailer with a box of finish nails
16-gauge nailer with a box of finish nails

Here is how a nailed down reducer looks like.

Installed hardwood floor reducer just after nailing
Installed hardwood floor reducer just after nailing

5) We are almost done. The last part is to apply wood putty into places where nails went through. I used Minwax brand, purchased in Home Depot.

Wood putty to mask nails
Wood putty to mask nails

Here is how installed reducer looks like.

Installed golden oak hardwood floor reducer
Installed golden oak hardwood floor reducer

Another view on the finished and installed golden oak reducer.

Another view on installed reducer
Another view on installed reducer

It looks and feels good to me, I hope you enjoyed reading about it as I enjoyed working on it.

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