My wife and I are remodelilng our kitchen, I am making all new cabinets and we have decided to make a wide (12" pine) board floor. I have a source for commercially produced 1X12's for only $1.27 per bd. ft. I think that price is not too bad. I need some advice on board preperation. Since the boards are #2 pine. They come from the mill with what appears to be a very smooth surface and they appear to be raw wood. However the wood feels so smooth, I wonder if there was some sort of a coating applied in the production process. This is normal construction grade pine, but these boards appear to be of a much better quality than you would normally find.
I am assuming that I will have to run a saw down the back of each board several passes approx. 1/4" deep to relieve the tendancy of the board to cup. I have been reading and it seems that traditionally wide pine floors were normally just butted together and not tongue and grooved. I had planned on doing tongue and groove on the edges. The ends would not have to be done as all the boards will span the entire width of the room. 12' or less.
Should I use a wood conditioner on them to get a better more even penetration of the stain and finish?
Any advice to help me with this project will be gratefully received.