Install Hardwood Floor to Linoleum Reducer

Project Description

For a customer in Hope, BC, Canada, we needed to install a reducer between hardwood floor and linoleum. It's a bathroom door, hardwood floor 3/4 inch thick 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 of hardwood floor joining bathroom
Another view of hardwood floor joining bathroom

Vertical drop is approximately 0.42 inches between top of hardwood floor and linoleum. Below is a close-up picture of this drop.

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

Completion Notes

This project was completed in Hope, BC as follows:

Each step is described below with illustrations.

Getting Reducer

I 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 hardwood floor to linoleum oak reducer
Profile of an unfinished hardwood floor to linoleum oak reducer

Cutting and Staining Reducer

The reducer was cut to fit into the available space and then stained with Varathane golden oak Wood Stain. Photo below depicts the staining process. Stained reducer is on the workbench behind a can of wood stain.

Staining hardwood floor reducer with Varathane golden oak wood stain
Staining hardwood floor reducer with Varathane golden oak wood stain

Applying Finish to Reducer

Then 3 layers of clear, water-based finish were 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). The finish I used is shown on the picture below.

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

Below is picture of a finished golden oak reducer lying on workbench.

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

Nailing Reducer Down

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

RDK air compressor
Air compressor

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

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

Applying Wood Putty

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.

Minwax wood putty to mask nails
Minwax wood putty to mask nails

Here is how installed reducer looks like.

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

Below is another picture of finished and installed golden oak reducer.

Another view on installed hardwood floor reducer
Another view on installed hardwood floor reducer

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