- Feature Strips
- Corner Knots
- Meanders (Greek Keys/Frets)
- Two Line Meanders
- Single Folded Flattened Ribbon
- Two Folded Flattened Ribbons
- Single Folded Open Ribbon
- Ribbon Around a Pipe
- Two Twisted 90° Ribbons (No Gaps)
- Two Twisted 90° Ribbons (Gaps)
- Two Twisted 30°/120° Ribbons
- Two Twisted Uneven Spacing
- Three Ribbons
- Four Ribbons
- Repeats and Chains

Borders with only feature strips are the most common, and cheapest to install. After tongue-and-groove flooring became popular, around 1920, the plain band was the only one easy to integrate in. This can be enhanced, and made more expensive, by adding various cross banding schemes.

163
Ditmas Park 1914

Mahogany strips are 1" and all oak is 2". Missing is the 2" oak strip between the mahogany band and the fingerblock. The inner field is a fingerblock in a herringbone pattern of 8" × 16".

Mahogany strips are 1" and all oak is 2". Missing is the 2" oak strip between the mahogany band and the fingerblock. The inner field is a fingerblock in a herringbone pattern of 8" × 16".

218
Crown Heights North II c1907

Mahogany strips are 1-1/2". Oak around is 2" wide. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-1/2" slats in a 12" square. The floor had a wax finish.

Mahogany strips are 1-1/2". Oak around is 2" wide. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-1/2" slats in a 12" square. The floor had a wax finish.

185
Northern Bedford-Stuyvesant Year?

Oak strips are 2". Dark strips are 3/4". Inner field is diagonal 8" fingerblock with 2" strips.

Oak strips are 2". Dark strips are 3/4". Inner field is diagonal 8" fingerblock with 2" strips.

208
Midwood Park 1917

All oak is 2" wide. Dark strip is 3/4" wide. Inner field is straight fingerblock in 8" squares.

All oak is 2" wide. Dark strip is 3/4" wide. Inner field is straight fingerblock in 8" squares.

206
Ditmas Park Historic District 1907

Strips are 1" wide. Surrounding oak is 2" wide. Inner field is diagonal finger block with 1-3/8" slats in a 12-3/8" square.

Strips are 1" wide. Surrounding oak is 2" wide. Inner field is diagonal finger block with 1-3/8" slats in a 12-3/8" square.

38
West Midwood 1915

All oak boards are 2" wide. The mahogany is 1". The maple is 1-1/4". Oak is the cheaper plain sawn.

All oak boards are 2" wide. The mahogany is 1". The maple is 1-1/4". Oak is the cheaper plain sawn.

201
Ditmas Park West Year?

Bands are 3/4" wide with 2" oak around. Inner field is 2" oak laid diagonally.

Bands are 3/4" wide with 2" oak around. Inner field is 2" oak laid diagonally.

61
Bedford-Stuyvesant 1899

Mahogany bands are 1-1/2". Oak bands between them are 2-1/2". Not mitered in the corner. Usually they are. The flooring looks like it is tongue-and-groove. It doesn't really belong here.

Mahogany bands are 1-1/2". Oak bands between them are 2-1/2". Not mitered in the corner. Usually they are. The flooring looks like it is tongue-and-groove. It doesn't really belong here.

204
Fiske Terrace 1905

Strips are 3/4" wide. Oak in between is 1-1/2" wide. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-3/4" slats in a 12-1/4" square.

Strips are 3/4" wide. Oak in between is 1-1/2" wide. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-3/4" slats in a 12-1/4" square.

205
Fiske Terrace 1905

Strips are 3/4" wide. Oak in between is 1-1/2" wide (two to one ratio). Inner field is straight fingerblock with 2" slats in 12" square.

Strips are 3/4" wide. Oak in between is 1-1/2" wide (two to one ratio). Inner field is straight fingerblock with 2" slats in 12" square.

149
Crown Heights North Historic District II 1889

A very lovely border. The inner field lays the strips in a lattice weave, as seen on the right. The strip widths from the outside: 1/2" mahogany, 1-3/4" oak, 7/8" mahogany, 1/4" maple, 1-3/8" cherry, 1/4" maple, 7/8" mahogany, 1-3/4" oak, 1/2" mahogany. A total of 8-1/8".

A very lovely border. The inner field lays the strips in a lattice weave, as seen on the right. The strip widths from the outside: 1/2" mahogany, 1-3/4" oak, 7/8" mahogany, 1/4" maple, 1-3/8" cherry, 1/4" maple, 7/8" mahogany, 1-3/4" oak, 1/2" mahogany. A total of 8-1/8".

182
Stuyvesant Heights 1892

This was in a hall. The mahogany strips are 3/2" and the maple is 1/4". Total border is 2-3/4". The laid straight fingerblock is 4-3/4" blocks of 4 fingers, each 1-3/16" wide.

This was in a hall. The mahogany strips are 3/2" and the maple is 1/4". Total border is 2-3/4". The laid straight fingerblock is 4-3/4" blocks of 4 fingers, each 1-3/16" wide.

78
South Midwood 1916

A very simple pinstripe for a hallway. Maple strip is 1/4" and the mahogany on the sides is 1/2". Field slats are 2" wide.

A very simple pinstripe for a hallway. Maple strip is 1/4" and the mahogany on the sides is 1/2". Field slats are 2" wide.

12
Park Slope Sportmen's Row 1889

Field is 10" parquet squares with seven unequal strips. Most are 1-1/2" wide. The end ones are less. See measured drawing.

Field is 10" parquet squares with seven unequal strips. Most are 1-1/2" wide. The end ones are less. See measured drawing.

181
Stuyvesant Heights 1892

A small pattern for a small room. The mahogany strip is 3/4" and the maple is 1/4". The cross-banding bands are 2-1/2" wide right triangles. Their height is about 1.65". Total border is 3.65" wide. The laid straight fingerblock is 6-1/4" blocks with six fingers of varying width.

A small pattern for a small room. The mahogany strip is 3/4" and the maple is 1/4". The cross-banding bands are 2-1/2" wide right triangles. Their height is about 1.65". Total border is 3.65" wide. The laid straight fingerblock is 6-1/4" blocks with six fingers of varying width.

104
Stuyvesant Heights Historic District 1899

Strips are all 2" wide. Inner border of diagonals is 9-1/2" wide. The inner field was a custom design with a fancy pattern in the middle of the room. Since this is a floor borders site, I didn't take a picture.

Strips are all 2" wide. Inner border of diagonals is 9-1/2" wide. The inner field was a custom design with a fancy pattern in the middle of the room. Since this is a floor borders site, I didn't take a picture.

101
Bedford-Stuyvesant 1901

Border pattern is 8" wide. Within the border strips are either 1" or 2" wide. The strip in the middle of the corner is 2-3/4" wide. The rectangles in the feature strips are 1" × 3-1/2". Inner field is straight 2" wide planks.

Border pattern is 8" wide. Within the border strips are either 1" or 2" wide. The strip in the middle of the corner is 2-3/4" wide. The rectangles in the feature strips are 1" × 3-1/2". Inner field is straight 2" wide planks.

Without a knotted corner the look of plain bands is kind of flat. The first upgrade is a knotted corner with solid strips. Until around 1900 this was the only choice. Then triple bands came available (more power tools). And by 1925 there was a 5-stripe band. I like the triple stripe, especially with the center trip maple and dark wood on the outer strips. I have a spreadsheet that can calculate the piece sizes for the common knot.

81
Crown Heights North II 1897

Inner square is 2" wide. Inner maple strip is 1/4" wide. The walnut side bands are 5/8" wide. This is lacking the second band. This knot needs a second band to look complete. Inner field is diagonal slats 1-3/8" wide. The planks in the outer field are mitered. This is usually not done.

Inner square is 2" wide. Inner maple strip is 1/4" wide. The walnut side bands are 5/8" wide. This is lacking the second band. This knot needs a second band to look complete. Inner field is diagonal slats 1-3/8" wide. The planks in the outer field are mitered. This is usually not done.

230
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Year?

Stripes are 1/4" maple surrounded by 5/8" mahogany. Between and surrounding them is 2" oak. The inner square is also 2". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with eight 1-3/8" slats and one 1-1/8" slat in a 12" square.

Stripes are 1/4" maple surrounded by 5/8" mahogany. Between and surrounding them is 2" oak. The inner square is also 2". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with eight 1-3/8" slats and one 1-1/8" slat in a 12" square.

46
Crown Heights North II 1897

Band width is 3/4" and inner square is 1-7/8". Oak slats alongside it are 2". Field is 1-1/2" wide slats in fingerblock.

Band width is 3/4" and inner square is 1-7/8". Oak slats alongside it are 2". Field is 1-1/2" wide slats in fingerblock.

89
Prospect Heights Historic District 1901

Very unusual. Strips are 7/8" wide. Inner square is 2". Inner field is fingerblock parquet with 2" wide slats in a 12" square.

Very unusual. Strips are 7/8" wide. Inner square is 2". Inner field is fingerblock parquet with 2" wide slats in a 12" square.

To get piece sizes, use common knot spreadsheet

127
Crown Heights North Historic District 1890

Bands are 1-3/8" wide. Inner square is 2-1/8". Strips around are (inside to out) 1-3/4" oak, 1/2" mahogany, 1-3/4" oak, 1-1/2" mahogany, 1-3/4" oak. Inner field is 1-3/4" slats diagonally.

Bands are 1-3/8" wide. Inner square is 2-1/8". Strips around are (inside to out) 1-3/4" oak, 1/2" mahogany, 1-3/4" oak, 1-1/2" mahogany, 1-3/4" oak. Inner field is 1-3/4" slats diagonally.

213
Fiske Terrace 1905

It was dusty. 1-5/16" square and bands. 2" oak around. Middle mahogany band is 5/8". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in 12" square.

It was dusty. 1-5/16" square and bands. 2" oak around. Middle mahogany band is 5/8". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in 12" square.

80
Lefferts Manor 1906

Inner square is 1-3/8". Mahogany bands are 3/4" wide. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" wide slats in a 12" square.

Inner square is 1-3/8". Mahogany bands are 3/4" wide. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" wide slats in a 12" square.

20
Lefferts Manor 1910

In spreadsheet enter 1.5 for diameter of inner square, 1.5 for width of inner strip, and 0 for width of outer strips.

In spreadsheet enter 1.5 for diameter of inner square, 1.5 for width of inner strip, and 0 for width of outer strips.

233
Crown Heights North III Historic District c1896-1897

A small knot in the front hall. Knot width is 6". Band width is 3/4". Inner square is 1". Slats surrounding bands are 2" wide. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with four 2" wide slats in an 8" square.

A small knot in the front hall. Knot width is 6". Band width is 3/4". Inner square is 1". Slats surrounding bands are 2" wide. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with four 2" wide slats in an 8" square.

90
Prospect Heights Historic District 1901

It lacks an outer strip that you see on the others. In spreadsheet enter 1.5 for diameter of inner square, 1.5 for width of inner strip, and 0 for width of outer strips. Not sure what inner field is. Note lack of mitering in inner slat.

It lacks an outer strip that you see on the others. In spreadsheet enter 1.5 for diameter of inner square, 1.5 for width of inner strip, and 0 for width of outer strips. Not sure what inner field is. Note lack of mitering in inner slat.

Most Common: Single Corner Square (Incorrect)

50
Crown Heights North I 1894

In spreadsheet enter =1+3/16 for diameter of inner square, 0.875 for width of inner strip, and 0 for width of outer strips.

In spreadsheet enter =1+3/16 for diameter of inner square, 0.875 for width of inner strip, and 0 for width of outer strips.

45
Crown Heights North II 1897

The inner oak border plank is missing a couple miters. In spreadsheet enter =1+1/16 for diameter of inner square, 1" for width of inner strip, and 0 for width of outer strips.

The inner oak border plank is missing a couple miters. In spreadsheet enter =1+1/16 for diameter of inner square, 1" for width of inner strip, and 0 for width of outer strips.

128
Bedford-Stuyvesant 1886

The inner oak border plank is missing a couple miters. Inner square is 1-1/8". Bands are 7/8" wide. Surrounding wood is 2" wide. Inner field is 2" slats diagonally.

The inner oak border plank is missing a couple miters. Inner square is 1-1/8". Bands are 7/8" wide. Surrounding wood is 2" wide. Inner field is 2" slats diagonally.

29
Beverley Square West early 1900s

The inner oak border plank is missing a couple miters. Center square and mahogany strip are 1", making the knot 7" in diameter. This has a solid 2"×2" block in the lower left. Three pieces there is better.

The inner oak border plank is missing a couple miters. Center square and mahogany strip are 1", making the knot 7" in diameter. This has a solid 2"×2" block in the lower left. Three pieces there is better.

114
Beverly Square West 1902

3/4" strips give a knot width of 5-1/4". Inner field is 1-3/4" slats in 12-1/4" fingerblock.

3/4" strips give a knot width of 5-1/4". Inner field is 1-3/4" slats in 12-1/4" fingerblock.

Most Common: Striped Ribbons: Single Slat Between Bands

I prefer this over the flipped.

225
Park Slope Historic District c1899

Mahogany bands are 1/2" and oak is 1/4". Inner square is 1-1/4". Between and surrounding bands is 2" wide oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-1/2" slats in a 12" square.

Mahogany bands are 1/2" and oak is 1/4". Inner square is 1-1/4". Between and surrounding bands is 2" wide oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-1/2" slats in a 12" square.

Most Common: Striped Ribbons: Two Slats Between Bands

3
Clinton Hill early 1900s

The house was built in 1872. This had to have been added later. Probably early 1900s. The ribbon appears to be cherry and maple. The knotted corner is 8-3/4". See measured drawing. I have a spreadsheet that calculates all piece sizes. (Input is: 1.25 for inner square, 0.25 for inner strip, and 0.5 for outer strips.) For a smaller room I could see having only one 2" strip between the cherry, instead of the two shown here.

The house was built in 1872. This had to have been added later. Probably early 1900s. The ribbon appears to be cherry and maple. The knotted corner is 8-3/4". See measured drawing. I have a spreadsheet that calculates all piece sizes. (Input is: 1.25 for inner square, 0.25 for inner strip, and 0.5 for outer strips.) For a smaller room I could see having only one 2" strip between the cherry, instead of the two shown here.

133
Central Park Slope 1901?

Inner square is 1-1/4". Maple inner strip is 1/4". Mahogany side strips are 1/2". Surrounding strips are 2" wide. Inner field is 1-3/8" strip in 8-1/4" fingerblock.

Inner square is 1-1/4". Maple inner strip is 1/4". Mahogany side strips are 1/2". Surrounding strips are 2" wide. Inner field is 1-3/8" strip in 8-1/4" fingerblock.

19
Lefferts Manor 1909

The darker wood is not as dark as the previous above. I prefer it darker. Note the interlace is backwards from the previous one. To get piece sizes, use common knot spreadsheet and enter 1.625 for diameter of inner square, 0.25 for width of inner strip, and 0.46875 (11/32") for width of outer strips.

The darker wood is not as dark as the previous above. I prefer it darker. Note the interlace is backwards from the previous one. To get piece sizes, use common knot spreadsheet and enter 1.625 for diameter of inner square, 0.25 for width of inner strip, and 0.46875 (11/32") for width of outer strips.

60
South Midwood 1927

My first five stripe band. Note late date. Sawing technology must have improved. The strip widths are 1/4", 1/4", 1/8", 1/4", 1/4". The center block is 2" square. Spreadsheet would need enhancing, but won't be. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1" wide slats in a 12" square.

My first five stripe band. Note late date. Sawing technology must have improved. The strip widths are 1/4", 1/4", 1/8", 1/4", 1/4". The center block is 2" square. Spreadsheet would need enhancing, but won't be. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1" wide slats in a 12" square.

Note the pattern is flipped from the way it was above. I prefer the above.

11
Windsor Terrace, Park Frontage 1911

Mahogony strips are 3/4" wide. The corner pictures as 6-7/8", but I only came up with 6-3/4". See measured drawing. Inner square is 1-1/4" diameter. Width of inner strip is 3/4". Width of outer strips is 0. Field is 12" parquet squares diagonally.

Mahogony strips are 3/4" wide. The corner pictures as 6-7/8", but I only came up with 6-3/4". See measured drawing. Inner square is 1-1/4" diameter. Width of inner strip is 3/4". Width of outer strips is 0. Field is 12" parquet squares diagonally.

142
Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1915

Inner block and strip width is 1-7/16". Surrounding is a 2" strip. Inner field is 1" strips in fingerblock.

Inner block and strip width is 1-7/16". Surrounding is a 2" strip. Inner field is 1" strips in fingerblock.

62
Bedford-Stuyvesant 1899

Center square is 1-1/4". Mahogany strips are 3/4". Inner field fingerblock has 1" slats in 12" squares. Outer field is 2" slats.

Center square is 1-1/4". Mahogany strips are 3/4". Inner field fingerblock has 1" slats in 12" squares. Outer field is 2" slats.

175
Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1906

Bands and inner square are 1". Surrounding is 2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

Bands and inner square are 1". Surrounding is 2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

199
Caton Park Year?

Bands are 7/8" wide. Inner square is 1-3/16" wide. Surrounding is 2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

Bands are 7/8" wide. Inner square is 1-3/16" wide. Surrounding is 2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

39
Prospect Park South 1915

The inner square is 1-1/2". The mahogany is 1/2". The maple is 1/4". Overall knot diameter is 9-1/2". Is inverse of my spreadsheet.

The inner square is 1-1/2". The mahogany is 1/2". The maple is 1/4". Overall knot diameter is 9-1/2". Is inverse of my spreadsheet.

Flipped: Single Corner Square (Incorrect)

71
South Midwood 1910

My guess at dimensions: inner square is 2" diameter and mahogany bands are 1" wide. Inner field is fingerblock with eight 1-3/8" slats in an 11" block.

My guess at dimensions: inner square is 2" diameter and mahogany bands are 1" wide. Inner field is fingerblock with eight 1-3/8" slats in an 11" block.

148
Park Slope Extension II 1896?

Mahogany bands are 7/8". Oak strips between are 1-5/8". That gives a pattern width of 5". Surrounding is 1-3/4" strips. Inner field diagonal fingerblock with 1-3/8" strips in a 12" square.

Mahogany bands are 7/8". Oak strips between are 1-5/8". That gives a pattern width of 5". Surrounding is 1-3/4" strips. Inner field diagonal fingerblock with 1-3/8" strips in a 12" square.

221
Crown Heights North II c1907

Mahogany bands are 1-1/2" wide. Oak between and around is 2" wide. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in a 12" square. The floor had a wax finish.

Mahogany bands are 1-1/2" wide. Oak between and around is 2" wide. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in a 12" square. The floor had a wax finish.

The pattern is called meander, Labyrinth, and Maze. This was one of the first border patterns to become popular.

164
South Midwood Year?

All corners covered. Bands are 1-1/2" wide. Border width is 7". Then surrounded by 1-1/2" oak, 1" mahogany, and 2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

All corners covered. Bands are 1-1/2" wide. Border width is 7". Then surrounded by 1-1/2" oak, 1" mahogany, and 2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

222
West Midwood c1910

This border was in the hall on the second floor. This was the only picture I was able to get in the house. The first floor was entirely carpeted wall-to-wall. On the second floor the three bedrooms had good patterns, with one being a triple twist. But all had furniture and stuff covering all corners. Pictured here is the starting corner in the hall. Note how nicely the square wave melds with the corner block. The pattern border width is 5-1/4". Mahogany bands are 3/4" with 1/4" maple between. Oak background blocks are 3-1/2" × 1-3/4". Surrounded by 1-3/8" oak strips. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in a 12" square.

This border was in the hall on the second floor. This was the only picture I was able to get in the house. The first floor was entirely carpeted wall-to-wall. On the second floor the three bedrooms had good patterns, with one being a triple twist. But all had furniture and stuff covering all corners. Pictured here is the starting corner in the hall. Note how nicely the square wave melds with the corner block. The pattern border width is 5-1/4". Mahogany bands are 3/4" with 1/4" maple between. Oak background blocks are 3-1/2" × 1-3/4". Surrounded by 1-3/8" oak strips. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in a 12" square.

99
Bedford-Stuyvesant 1901

A square wave. Border pattern width is 5". Mahogany bands are 3/4" wide. Maple bands are 1/4". Oak rectangles are 1-5/8" × 3-1/4". Side oak strips are 1-1/2". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" wide strips in an 8" square. The same border, not pictured here, has an inner field of diagonal fingerblock with six 1-1/2" wide strips in a 9" square.

A square wave. Border pattern width is 5". Mahogany bands are 3/4" wide. Maple bands are 1/4". Oak rectangles are 1-5/8" × 3-1/4". Side oak strips are 1-1/2". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" wide strips in an 8" square. The same border, not pictured here, has an inner field of diagonal fingerblock with six 1-1/2" wide strips in a 9" square.

193
Prospect Lefferts Gardens Historic District 1906

Pattern border is 5" wide. In the ribbon the mahogany is 3/4" and the oak 1/4" wide. Oak inner blocks are 1-5/8" × 3-1/4". Surrounding oak strip is 1-1/2" wide. A very interesting inner field. Maple strips are 1/2" wide. Fingerblock has three fingers 1-5/8" × 5-7/8".

Pattern border is 5" wide. In the ribbon the mahogany is 3/4" and the oak 1/4" wide. Oak inner blocks are 1-5/8" × 3-1/4". Surrounding oak strip is 1-1/2" wide. A very interesting inner field. Maple strips are 1/2" wide. Fingerblock has three fingers 1-5/8" × 5-7/8".

28
Beverley Square West 1900

This can be looked at as a chained Othala rune that has been stretched and then attached together. The center maple band is 3/4" and the outer walnut ones are 1/8". Inner squares are 1-3/4" on a side. There is a 1/4" gap between corners. Border width is 6-3/8", split into two 2-5/8" boards and a 1-1/8" center board. Maple feature strip is 1-3/8". Oak strip between the maple and the border is 1-3/4". Outer oak strip is 2". The Chicago Floor Co has this pattern in No. 60. It has a corner.

This can be looked at as a chained Othala rune that has been stretched and then attached together. The center maple band is 3/4" and the outer walnut ones are 1/8". Inner squares are 1-3/4" on a side. There is a 1/4" gap between corners. Border width is 6-3/8", split into two 2-5/8" boards and a 1-1/8" center board. Maple feature strip is 1-3/8". Oak strip between the maple and the border is 1-3/4". Outer oak strip is 2". The Chicago Floor Co has this pattern in No. 60. It has a corner.

Unequal strip widths add a rare twist to the common "L". More like the "T" meander.

177
Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1906

In a front hall. Reversed coloring. Very lovely. Maple band is 3/8" wide. Mahogany is 1" wide. Making a 3-1/8" wide pattern. Larger right trapezoid is 3-7/8" long. Surrounding is 1-3/8" mahogany and 1-3/4" oak. Inner field is 2" slats in 8" diagonal fingerblock.

In a front hall. Reversed coloring. Very lovely. Maple band is 3/8" wide. Mahogany is 1" wide. Making a 3-1/8" wide pattern. Larger right trapezoid is 3-7/8" long. Surrounding is 1-3/8" mahogany and 1-3/4" oak. Inner field is 2" slats in 8" diagonal fingerblock.

172
West Midwood 1906

The mahogany is 3/8" wide. The oak in between is 1" wide. Giving a pattern border of 3-1/4" wide. Surrounding is 1-3/8" oak, 1/2" mahogany and 1-1/2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

The mahogany is 3/8" wide. The oak in between is 1" wide. Giving a pattern border of 3-1/4" wide. Surrounding is 1-3/8" oak, 1/2" mahogany and 1-1/2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

The following Greek Fret (Greek Key) is a common border and corner. I have a spreadsheet that calculates the sizes of all pieces based on a given strip width.

27
Caton Park 1909

Again, like the other room in the same house, they put effort into getting the pattern to go around the fireplace.

Again, like the other room in the same house, they put effort into getting the pattern to go around the fireplace.

209
Fiske Terrace 1905

Pattern border is 6" wide. Each band is 1.2" wide. Ratio is 4. Surrounding is 2" oak, 1-1/4" mahogany, and 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-1/4" wide slats in a 11-1/4"? square.

Pattern border is 6" wide. Each band is 1.2" wide. Ratio is 4. Surrounding is 2" oak, 1-1/4" mahogany, and 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-1/4" wide slats in a 11-1/4"? square.

4
Bushwick 1897

This is similar to the one above, but the corner and dimensions are different. This has the right corner for this border. This was another one that was difficult to figure out the dimensions. I wasn't expecting it to be in thirds of inches (or twelfths). This is E.L. Roberts No. 2408 with an extra mahogany strip around it. See measured drawing.

This is similar to the one above, but the corner and dimensions are different. This has the right corner for this border. This was another one that was difficult to figure out the dimensions. I wasn't expecting it to be in thirds of inches (or twelfths). This is E.L. Roberts No. 2408 with an extra mahogany strip around it. See measured drawing.

187
Stuyvesant Heights Historic District 1892

Overall border is 6" wide. Strip width is 6/7". Inner field is straight 8" fingerblock with 2" wide fingers.

Overall border is 6" wide. Strip width is 6/7". Inner field is straight 8" fingerblock with 2" wide fingers.

119
Crown Heights South 1913

Pattern width is 4-3/8" wide (5 × 7/8"). Repeat is 7" (8 × 7/8"). Inner field is 1-1/4" slats in 7-1/2" fingerblock.

Pattern width is 4-3/8" wide (5 × 7/8"). Repeat is 7" (8 × 7/8"). Inner field is 1-1/4" slats in 7-1/2" fingerblock.

10
Windsor Terrace, Park Frontage 1911

The pattern here in a narrower size. Only two woods: mahogany and oak. The field parquet is 8" square, with four 2" wide strips. The corner and border are clearly 6" wide. I fudged the dimensions to make it 6-1/8" wide. I didn't see how seven divides into 6". This is E.L. Roberts No. 2382. See measured drawing.

The pattern here in a narrower size. Only two woods: mahogany and oak. The field parquet is 8" square, with four 2" wide strips. The corner and border are clearly 6" wide. I fudged the dimensions to make it 6-1/8" wide. I didn't see how seven divides into 6". This is E.L. Roberts No. 2382. See measured drawing.

"L" Meander: Common: Folded Ribbon Corners

2
Clinton Hill early 1900s

The house was built in 1872, but this flooring had to have have been added later. Most likely early 1900s. This appears to have only two woods: mahogany and oak. Though the wood between the mahogany may be a different type. See measured drawings.

The house was built in 1872, but this flooring had to have have been added later. Most likely early 1900s. This appears to have only two woods: mahogany and oak. Though the wood between the mahogany may be a different type. See measured drawings.

55
Bedford Section 1881

The bands are 3/4" wide, giving a pattern width of 4". In spreadsheet, use 3/4" for width of strips and 4.5 for middle piece length. For the corner enter 1" for strip width.

The bands are 3/4" wide, giving a pattern width of 4". In spreadsheet, use 3/4" for width of strips and 4.5 for middle piece length. For the corner enter 1" for strip width.

"L" Meander: Common: Pinwheel Corners

All of the borders in this section have the same dimensions. See spreadsheet. The middle piece is 5" long, giving a repeat of 8". The bands are 1" wide, giving a pattern width of 5". The outer mahogany band is 1-1/2" wide. Giving an overall border width of 10". Between the border and inner field should be a mitered strip. It is missing in some of these. In house build year order.

198
Caton Park Year?

This is one of the rare ones that miters around the corner block. Bands are 1" walnut. Surrounding is 1-3/8" walnut and 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-1/2" slats in probably a 12" square.

This is one of the rare ones that miters around the corner block. Bands are 1" walnut. Surrounding is 1-3/8" walnut and 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-1/2" slats in probably a 12" square.

"L" Meander: Common: Pinwheel Corners and Extra Strips

173
West Midwood 1906

The junction of the inner oak strip should have been mitered. This one has an extra strip of mahogany on the outside only.

The junction of the inner oak strip should have been mitered. This one has an extra strip of mahogany on the outside only.

150
West Midwood 1908-11

Bands are 1" wide. Ratio is 4. This one has an extra strip of mahogany on the outside only. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

Bands are 1" wide. Ratio is 4. This one has an extra strip of mahogany on the outside only. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

178
Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1906

This one has an extra strip of mahogany on the outside and inside. Making for a very wide border overall. They did miter the mahogany around the corner block, which delineates the block better.

This one has an extra strip of mahogany on the outside and inside. Making for a very wide border overall. They did miter the mahogany around the corner block, which delineates the block better.

I created a spreadsheet that has the sizes of all pieces.

220
Crown Heights North II c1907

Not only did this house have six borders worth photgraphing, but the floors were put down by experienced craftsmen. With a little effort one can blend this pattern around the corner. All corners, expect not the corner with the beginning and end. That corner has to and had a corner block. Mahogany bands are 1/2" wide. Oak between the border and the inner field is 2" wide. The inner field is diagonal fingerblock with three 1-1/4" and six 1-3/8" slats making a 12" square. The floor had a wax finish.

Not only did this house have six borders worth photgraphing, but the floors were put down by experienced craftsmen. With a little effort one can blend this pattern around the corner. All corners, expect not the corner with the beginning and end. That corner has to and had a corner block. Mahogany bands are 1/2" wide. Oak between the border and the inner field is 2" wide. The inner field is diagonal fingerblock with three 1-1/4" and six 1-3/8" slats making a 12" square. The floor had a wax finish.

26
Caton Park 1909

A page on Caton Park. I like the way they took this pattern around the corners of this fireplace. The fret pattern is 6-1/2" wide and has a 12" repeat.

A page on Caton Park. I like the way they took this pattern around the corners of this fireplace. The fret pattern is 6-1/2" wide and has a 12" repeat.

112
Park Slope 1909 - Apartment.

They could have done a better job of integrating the border (1/2" mahogany strip surrounding by 1-1/4" oak). Pattern border is 6" wide.

They could have done a better job of integrating the border (1/2" mahogany strip surrounding by 1-1/4" oak). Pattern border is 6" wide.

154
Ditmas Park 1907

Ribbons are 1/2". The wide band is 1-3/8". This is repeated for the surrounding strips. The inner field is 1-3/8" slats in 11"? fingerblock.

Ribbons are 1/2". The wide band is 1-3/8". This is repeated for the surrounding strips. The inner field is 1-3/8" slats in 11"? fingerblock.

197
Caton Park Year?

Walnut bands are 1/2" wide. Same dimensions as the others. Inner field is diagonal slats 2" wide.

Walnut bands are 1/2" wide. Same dimensions as the others. Inner field is diagonal slats 2" wide.

53
Crown Heights North I 1894

Instead of going around the corner here's a nice corner block. Though the corner's feature strips didn't get a clean intersection. The pattern is 5-15/16" wide. In T-Meander spreadsheet enter =1+5/16 rectangle width and 1/2 for strips.

Instead of going around the corner here's a nice corner block. Though the corner's feature strips didn't get a clean intersection. The pattern is 5-15/16" wide. In T-Meander spreadsheet enter =1+5/16 rectangle width and 1/2 for strips.

107
Midwood Park Historic District 1904

The inner border width is 6". The mahogany strips are 1/2". The oak pieces are 1-5/16" wide. That makes the oak right trapezoids 2-7/8" high. The oak Isosceles trapezoids are 8-5/8" wide. The inner field is 2" diagonal slats.

The inner border width is 6". The mahogany strips are 1/2". The oak pieces are 1-5/16" wide. That makes the oak right trapezoids 2-7/8" high. The oak Isosceles trapezoids are 8-5/8" wide. The inner field is 2" diagonal slats.

194
Prospect Lefferts Gardens Historic District 1906

The same measurements as #107. Note interesting inner field.

The same measurements as #107. Note interesting inner field.

You can see a left-facing swastika in the pattern (the Nazis used a right-facing one). It makes for pretty corners.

96
Bedford-Stuyvesant 1897

Border pattern width is 6", making the strip width 1.2". It is surrounded by feature strips of 2" oak and 1" mahogany. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock in four strips of 2" × 8".

Border pattern width is 6", making the strip width 1.2". It is surrounded by feature strips of 2" oak and 1" mahogany. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock in four strips of 2" × 8".

231
Crown Heights North 1897

Banding and spacing is 1-1/4" giving a pattern border width of 6-1/4". It is surrounding by 1-5/8" or 1-7/8" wide oak, then surrounded with 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with six 2" slats in a 12" square.

Banding and spacing is 1-1/4" giving a pattern border width of 6-1/4". It is surrounding by 1-5/8" or 1-7/8" wide oak, then surrounded with 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with six 2" slats in a 12" square.

144
Park Slope Historic District 1891

Mahogany bands and space between are 1-5/16". Pattern border is 6-9/16". Surrounding bands are 1-5/8" wide. Inner field is 1-3/8" strips in 12-3/8" fingerblock.

Mahogany bands and space between are 1-5/16". Pattern border is 6-9/16". Surrounding bands are 1-5/8" wide. Inner field is 1-3/8" strips in 12-3/8" fingerblock.

188
Stuyvesant Heights Historic District 1892

Overall pattern border is 6" wide. Ribbon width is 1/5 of that. Surrounding oak is 2" wide. The mahogany strip is 1". Inner field is diagonal 11" fingerblock with 1-3/8" fingers.

Overall pattern border is 6" wide. Ribbon width is 1/5 of that. Surrounding oak is 2" wide. The mahogany strip is 1". Inner field is diagonal 11" fingerblock with 1-3/8" fingers.

189
Stuyvesant Heights Historic District 1892

The ribbon has 9/16" mahogany and 1/4" maple bands. The oak between the ribbons is 1-1/4" wide. Giving a pattern border of 6-5/8". Surrounding is 1-3/4" oak, 1-5/8" cherry and 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" fingers in 8" square.

The ribbon has 9/16" mahogany and 1/4" maple bands. The oak between the ribbons is 1-1/4" wide. Giving a pattern border of 6-5/8". Surrounding is 1-3/4" oak, 1-5/8" cherry and 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" fingers in 8" square.

217
Crown Heights North II c1907

All banding is 1-3/8" wide, giving a pattern border of 6-7/8" wide. Surrounding is 1-1/2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with three 1-1/4" and six 1-3/8" slats making a 12" square. The floor had a wax finish.

All banding is 1-3/8" wide, giving a pattern border of 6-7/8" wide. Surrounding is 1-1/2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with three 1-1/4" and six 1-3/8" slats making a 12" square. The floor had a wax finish.

228
Bedford-Stuyvesant Year?

The floors in this house are being restored by the homeowner. Overall pattern width is 6-9/16" wide. Mahogany bands and oak background in the meander are 1-5/16" wide. Surrounded by 1-1/2" oak. Then surounded with 1-3/8" oak, 3/8" mahogany, and 1-3/8" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in a 8" square.

The floors in this house are being restored by the homeowner. Overall pattern width is 6-9/16" wide. Mahogany bands and oak background in the meander are 1-5/16" wide. Surrounded by 1-1/2" oak. Then surounded with 1-3/8" oak, 3/8" mahogany, and 1-3/8" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in a 8" square.

191
Prospect Lefferts Gardens Historic District 1906

This is a wide border. This was in the parlor and down the middle of hallways. Strips are 1-1/8" wide, making the pattern border 14-5/8" wide. Surrounding is 2" oak and 1/2" mahogany, making the entire border 19-5/8" wide. There was no corner block. Note interesting inner field. Field squares are about 12-1/4" wide.

This is a wide border. This was in the parlor and down the middle of hallways. Strips are 1-1/8" wide, making the pattern border 14-5/8" wide. Surrounding is 2" oak and 1/2" mahogany, making the entire border 19-5/8" wide. There was no corner block. Note interesting inner field. Field squares are about 12-1/4" wide.

23
Lefferts Manor 1909

See measured drawing. I created a spreadsheet to calculate piece dimensions. Woods are mahogany (or is it cherry?), maple, and quarter-cut American white oak. The field wood here is diagonal fingerblocks of nine strips of 1-3/8" × 12-3/8". Note when wood strips are only 1-3/8" wide, they only get a single nail across.

See measured drawing. I created a spreadsheet to calculate piece dimensions. Woods are mahogany (or is it cherry?), maple, and quarter-cut American white oak. The field wood here is diagonal fingerblocks of nine strips of 1-3/8" × 12-3/8". Note when wood strips are only 1-3/8" wide, they only get a single nail across.

200
Ditmas Park West Year?

Pattern border is 3-7/8" wide. Bands are 2-3/4" wide. Surrounding is 1" mahogany and 1/2" oak. Inner field is straight fingerblock with 1-1/4" slats in a 12" square.

Pattern border is 3-7/8" wide. Bands are 2-3/4" wide. Surrounding is 1" mahogany and 1/2" oak. Inner field is straight fingerblock with 1-1/4" slats in a 12" square.

91
Crown Heights South 1913

This is the same pattern as the previous. And the same dimensions in its spreadsheet. Inner field is fingerblock parquet with 2" wide slats in a 12" square.

This is the same pattern as the previous. And the same dimensions in its spreadsheet. Inner field is fingerblock parquet with 2" wide slats in a 12" square.

83
South Midwood 1897

Unfortunate seam. In Flattened Helix spreadsheet enter 2.75" for the width of strips, and 7/8" and 3/8" for the height of the trapezoids. But this is not really the same as the above. This has single blocks [which have split] for when the ribbon is showing its back. Inner field is fingerblock laid straight with 1" slats in a 12" square. Outer field is 2" wide random length slats.

Unfortunate seam. In Flattened Helix spreadsheet enter 2.75" for the width of strips, and 7/8" and 3/8" for the height of the trapezoids. But this is not really the same as the above. This has single blocks [which have split] for when the ribbon is showing its back. Inner field is fingerblock laid straight with 1" slats in a 12" square. Outer field is 2" wide random length slats.

130
Oshkosh Designs 2015

Custom made for Park Slope kitchen. Oak, maple and American cherry. There should have been an oak slat between the border and inner field, but it was forgotten at installation. The second mistake made was stainless steel nails were inadvertantly purchased and used. Now the nails will stay shiny, and they shouldn't. The third mistake is the corner block triangles should be a mix of oak and maple. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-3/4" wide slats in 8-3/4" squares.

Custom made for Park Slope kitchen. Oak, maple and American cherry. There should have been an oak slat between the border and inner field, but it was forgotten at installation. The second mistake made was stainless steel nails were inadvertantly purchased and used. Now the nails will stay shiny, and they shouldn't. The third mistake is the corner block triangles should be a mix of oak and maple. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-3/4" wide slats in 8-3/4" squares.

120
Crown Heights South 1913

Pattern border is 2-7/8" wide. Rectangles in pattern are 1-3/8" × 2-5/8". Side border strips are 1-5/8". Can use Flattened Helix spreadsheet. Inner field is 1-3/8" slats in 8-1/4" fingerblock.

Pattern border is 2-7/8" wide. Rectangles in pattern are 1-3/8" × 2-5/8". Side border strips are 1-5/8". Can use Flattened Helix spreadsheet. Inner field is 1-3/8" slats in 8-1/4" fingerblock.

124
West Midwood 1908

Pattern border is 3" wide with 1-1/2" strip alongside. The ribbon pieces are all the same size here.

Pattern border is 3" wide with 1-1/2" strip alongside. The ribbon pieces are all the same size here.

166
South Midwood Year?

Very unusual to have a striped ribbon. Nice for a change, though it kind of fades away Maybe better if the ribbon colors were reversed. Mahogany strip is 1/4". Maple sides are 9/16". Giving a total ribbon width of 1-3/8". Pattern border width is 5-1/4". Surrounded by 1-3/8" oak, 1/2" mahogany, 2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats in diagonal 8" fingerblock.

Very unusual to have a striped ribbon. Nice for a change, though it kind of fades away Maybe better if the ribbon colors were reversed. Mahogany strip is 1/4". Maple sides are 9/16". Giving a total ribbon width of 1-3/8". Pattern border width is 5-1/4". Surrounded by 1-3/8" oak, 1/2" mahogany, 2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats in diagonal 8" fingerblock.

7
Bushwick 1897

Three woods: mahogany, maple and oak. See measured drawings. I have a spreadsheet that calculates the sizes of all pieces based on a given strip width. Inner field is fingerblock parquet in 12" square.

Three woods: mahogany, maple and oak. See measured drawings. I have a spreadsheet that calculates the sizes of all pieces based on a given strip width. Inner field is fingerblock parquet in 12" square.

44
North Park Slope 1880

This ribbon is the same as Side-to-Side spreadsheet. Enter 1.5 for the width and 5.25 for the height. The direction of the fold is just reversed. Inner field is fingerblock parquet with 2" wide fingers.

This ribbon is the same as Side-to-Side spreadsheet. Enter 1.5 for the width and 5.25 for the height. The direction of the fold is just reversed. Inner field is fingerblock parquet with 2" wide fingers.

43
North Park Slope 1880

A smaller version. This floor (and the other from this house) may have been added a couple decades later. This ribbon can be calculated from Side-to-Side spreadsheet by entering 0.875 for the width, 2.625 for the height, and =13/16 for the corner strip width. This gives a ribbon width of 4-3/8" and a corner/border size of 6". Inner field is fingerblock parquet with four 2" fingers in 8" square.

A smaller version. This floor (and the other from this house) may have been added a couple decades later. This ribbon can be calculated from Side-to-Side spreadsheet by entering 0.875 for the width, 2.625 for the height, and =13/16 for the corner strip width. This gives a ribbon width of 4-3/8" and a corner/border size of 6". Inner field is fingerblock parquet with four 2" fingers in 8" square.

229
Bedford-Stuyvesant Year?

The overall border, including side bands, is 6" wide. Inner rectangle is 7/8" × 2-5/8", or a 1:3 ratio. All banding in the border is 7/8" wide. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in a 8" square.

The overall border, including side bands, is 6" wide. Inner rectangle is 7/8" × 2-5/8", or a 1:3 ratio. All banding in the border is 7/8" wide. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in a 8" square.

105
Stuyvesant Heights Historic District 1899

The border's inner rectangles are 1" × 2". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-1/2" wide slats in a 6" square.

The border's inner rectangles are 1" × 2". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-1/2" wide slats in a 6" square.

Folded From Side-to-Side: Corners Without Bullseye: Center Quartered

16
Crown Heights North 1910

Compared to the above, this one has narrowed the width of the ribbon, and exaggerated the feature strips, which are unique here. This ribbon can be calculated from Side-to-Side spreadsheet by entering 1.5 for the width and 3.5 for the height. The mahogany bands are 7/8" and the oak between them is 1-3/4". The field wood here has 1-3/8" strips that are perpendicular to the borders and mitered towards the center.

Compared to the above, this one has narrowed the width of the ribbon, and exaggerated the feature strips, which are unique here. This ribbon can be calculated from Side-to-Side spreadsheet by entering 1.5 for the width and 3.5 for the height. The mahogany bands are 7/8" and the oak between them is 1-3/4". The field wood here has 1-3/8" strips that are perpendicular to the borders and mitered towards the center.

86
South Midwood 1901

The ribbon is 1-1/2" wide. Inner rectangle is 3-3/8" high. Feature strips are 1", 1/2" (mahogany), 1-5/16".

The ribbon is 1-1/2" wide. Inner rectangle is 3-3/8" high. Feature strips are 1", 1/2" (mahogany), 1-5/16".

111
Park Slope 1909 - Apartment.

Pattern inner block is 1-1/2" × 3". Border is 1", 1/2' and 1-1/2" strips. Inner field is 1-1/2" slats in 12" fingerblock.

Pattern inner block is 1-1/2" × 3". Border is 1", 1/2' and 1-1/2" strips. Inner field is 1-1/2" slats in 12" fingerblock.

Folded From Side-to-Side: Corners Without Bullseye: Center Halved

202
Park Slope Historic District 1890

Pattern border is 6". Ribbon is 1-1/2" wide. Ratio is 2. Surrounding is 1", 1/2" mahogany, and 1-1/2" Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in 12" square.

Pattern border is 6". Ribbon is 1-1/2" wide. Ratio is 2. Surrounding is 1", 1/2" mahogany, and 1-1/2" Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in 12" square.

79
Lefferts Manor 1899

They had this folded pattern in all the major rooms. Bands are 1-1/2" wide and ratio is 2. This is the same as the next one. And near it in year.

They had this folded pattern in all the major rooms. Bands are 1-1/2" wide and ratio is 2. This is the same as the next one. And near it in year.

94
Crown Heights South 1913

Inner rectangle is 1-1/2" × 3". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in 12" squares.

Inner rectangle is 1-1/2" × 3". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in 12" squares.

88
Prospect Heights Historic District 1901

Inner rectangle is 1-1/2" × 3", giving a pattern width of 6". Side strips are usual 1" oak, 1/2" mahogany, 1-1/2" oak, but then here there is then a 1-1/2" strip of mahogany surrounding the border and corner. Inner field is fingerblock parquet using 1-1/2" wide slats in a 12" square.

Inner rectangle is 1-1/2" × 3", giving a pattern width of 6". Side strips are usual 1" oak, 1/2" mahogany, 1-1/2" oak, but then here there is then a 1-1/2" strip of mahogany surrounding the border and corner. Inner field is fingerblock parquet using 1-1/2" wide slats in a 12" square.

113
Beverly Square West 1902

Pattern inner block is 1-1/2" × 3". Border is 1", 1/2' and 1-1/2" strips. Inner field is 1-3/4" slats in fingerblock.

Pattern inner block is 1-1/2" × 3". Border is 1", 1/2' and 1-1/2" strips. Inner field is 1-3/4" slats in fingerblock.

132
Central Park Slope 1901?

Dimensions are the same as #88, but this lacks the extra bold stripes. Inner field is 1-1/2" strips in 7-1/2" fingerblock.

Dimensions are the same as #88, but this lacks the extra bold stripes. Inner field is 1-1/2" strips in 7-1/2" fingerblock.

This is the JP Morgan Chase logo.

168
Fiske Terrace 1908

Center square is 2". Border width is three times that and repeat is four times that.

Center square is 2". Border width is three times that and repeat is four times that.

36
Midwood Park 1907-1908

Center square is 2". Border width is three times that and repeat is four times that. Note that not all circles here are true folds. When correct the woods alternate as you go around a circle. As seen here, in the outer circles, but not the inner two.

Center square is 2". Border width is three times that and repeat is four times that. Note that not all circles here are true folds. When correct the woods alternate as you go around a circle. As seen here, in the outer circles, but not the inner two.

Both of these have alternate folds and not helix folds.

136
West Midwood 1908-11

Inner squares and strip widths are 2-1/16" wide. Pattern border width is. Surrounding is 1/2" mahogany and 1" oak. Inner field is 2" strips diagonally.

Inner squares and strip widths are 2-1/16" wide. Pattern border width is. Surrounding is 1/2" mahogany and 1" oak. Inner field is 2" strips diagonally.

134
Central Park Slope 1901?

Inner squares and strip widths are 2-1/16" wide. Pattern border width is. Surrounding is 1/2" mahogany and 1" oak. Inner field is 1-1/2" strips in fingerblock.

Inner squares and strip widths are 2-1/16" wide. Pattern border width is. Surrounding is 1/2" mahogany and 1" oak. Inner field is 1-1/2" strips in fingerblock.

125
Crown Heights North Historic District 1890

The ribbon is 1-3/8" wide, giving a pattern width of 6-7/8". The ribbon's mahogany is 9/16" and the maple is 1/4". The oak rectanular block is 4-1/4" long, giving a repeat of 7". Surrounding stripes are 1-1/2" oak, 1-1/2" mahogany and 1-3/4" oak. Inner field is 2" slats in a fingerblock.

The ribbon is 1-3/8" wide, giving a pattern width of 6-7/8". The ribbon's mahogany is 9/16" and the maple is 1/4". The oak rectanular block is 4-1/4" long, giving a repeat of 7". Surrounding stripes are 1-1/2" oak, 1-1/2" mahogany and 1-3/4" oak. Inner field is 2" slats in a fingerblock.

131
Central Park Slope 1901?

They botched the slat width in the border. Dimensions are the same as #125.

They botched the slat width in the border. Dimensions are the same as #125.

31
Fiske Terrace 1906

Folded. Border width is 5". Width of parallelograms calculated from that. Walnut strips are 1-3/8". Oak strips are 1-1/2". Making a total border width of 10-3/4".

Folded. Border width is 5". Width of parallelograms calculated from that. Walnut strips are 1-3/8". Oak strips are 1-1/2". Making a total border width of 10-3/4".

106
Midwood Park Historic District 1904

The pattern width is 4". The side strips are 1/2" for the maple and mahogany, and 1" for the oak. Giving an overall border width of 8". Ribbon is 1-1/2" wide. The inner field is 2" diagonal slats.

The pattern width is 4". The side strips are 1/2" for the maple and mahogany, and 1" for the oak. Giving an overall border width of 8". Ribbon is 1-1/2" wide. The inner field is 2" diagonal slats.

34
Midwood Park 1907-1908

The pattern width is 4". The first oak strip is 1/2", the mahogany strip is 1/2" and the outer oak strip is 1". Making a total border width of 8". Ribbon is 1-1/2" wide. Spacing calculated from those.

The pattern width is 4". The first oak strip is 1/2", the mahogany strip is 1/2" and the outer oak strip is 1". Making a total border width of 8". Ribbon is 1-1/2" wide. Spacing calculated from those.

69
South Midwood 1910

Overall pattern width is 6-7/8". Mahogany bands are 1/2" wide. Inner field has diagonal slats 2" wide.

Overall pattern width is 6-7/8". Mahogany bands are 1/2" wide. Inner field has diagonal slats 2" wide.

102
Bedford-Stuyvesant 1901

The same as the previous, but with different feature striping. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock is 2" wide strips in an 8" square.

The same as the previous, but with different feature striping. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock is 2" wide strips in an 8" square.

110
Park Slope 1909 - Apartment.

Border pattern is 4-7/8" wide with 1-1/2" strips alongside. Giving a total border width of 7-7/8". Trapezoids are 1-3/8" high. Corner block is 4-1/8" with 3/16" border and then 1-5/8" border. Total block is 8-3/4" wide. The block does appear to be a little less! Field is 2" slats in 8" fingerblock.

Border pattern is 4-7/8" wide with 1-1/2" strips alongside. Giving a total border width of 7-7/8". Trapezoids are 1-3/8" high. Corner block is 4-1/8" with 3/16" border and then 1-5/8" border. Total block is 8-3/4" wide. The block does appear to be a little less! Field is 2" slats in 8" fingerblock.

All of these have the same dimensions. All were installed during a short time stretch. Five color banded folded ribbon. Woods: walnut: 1/2", maple: 1/2", mahogany: 1", maple: 1/2", walnut: 1/2". Border width is 6". Lots of 30°/120° angles in this one. Surrounding strips are " oak, 1/2" mahogany and " oak.

155
Crown Heights North Historic District II 1909

This one has an extra plank between the border and inner field. They are mitered. The planks on the outside are never mitered.

This one has an extra plank between the border and inner field. They are mitered. The planks on the outside are never mitered.

135
West Midwood 1908-11

This pattern lends itself to nice corners without using a corner block. Maple and mahogany strips are 1" wide. Inner strip is 1/2" wide. Pattern border is then 4" wide. Distance inside wave is 5", making a repeat 12". Surrounding are 1" oak strips. Inner field is 2" strips laid diagonally.

This pattern lends itself to nice corners without using a corner block. Maple and mahogany strips are 1" wide. Inner strip is 1/2" wide. Pattern border is then 4" wide. Distance inside wave is 5", making a repeat 12". Surrounding are 1" oak strips. Inner field is 2" strips laid diagonally.

169
Fiske Terrace 1908

The corner is wrong here. It may be a poor repair job. Maple pipe and cherry ribbon are 1" wide. Oak rectangles are 1/2" and 1-1/2" × 5". Surrounding is 1" oak, 1/2" walnut, 2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

The corner is wrong here. It may be a poor repair job. Maple pipe and cherry ribbon are 1" wide. Oak rectangles are 1/2" and 1-1/2" × 5". Surrounding is 1" oak, 1/2" walnut, 2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

64
Ditmas Park 1904

Overall pattern width is 4". Maple pipe is 1". Field is diagonal slats that are 1-3/4" wide. They did a nice job getting the ribbon to go through the corner.

Overall pattern width is 4". Maple pipe is 1". Field is diagonal slats that are 1-3/4" wide. They did a nice job getting the ribbon to go through the corner.

74
West Midwood 1905

This was in a hall. Overall pattern width is 4". Maple pipe is 1". Field is diagonal slats that are 2" wide.

This was in a hall. Overall pattern width is 4". Maple pipe is 1". Field is diagonal slats that are 2" wide.

57
Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1913

Walnut appears to be the dark wood. Walnut band is 1-1/2" wide. Mahogany band is 2-1/8" wide. Pipe is narrower in this one; only 1" wide within a 4" wide pattern. I don't like that the ribbon width changes, depending on which side is shown.

Walnut appears to be the dark wood. Walnut band is 1-1/2" wide. Mahogany band is 2-1/8" wide. Pipe is narrower in this one; only 1" wide within a 4" wide pattern. I don't like that the ribbon width changes, depending on which side is shown.

140
Lefferts Manor 1910

Overall pattern width is 4". Maple pipe is 1". Surrounding is 7/8" maple and 1/4" mahogany. Inner field is 2" strips in 12" fingerblock.

Overall pattern width is 4". Maple pipe is 1". Surrounding is 7/8" maple and 1/4" mahogany. Inner field is 2" strips in 12" fingerblock.

215
West Midwood Year?

This was in a small room that you passed through from the foyer to the main room. Ribbon pattern is 3" wide. Mahogany pipe is about 11/16" wide. Surrounding is 1/2" oak, 1/2" mahogany, and 1-1/2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

This was in a small room that you passed through from the foyer to the main room. Ribbon pattern is 3" wide. Mahogany pipe is about 11/16" wide. Surrounding is 1/2" oak, 1/2" mahogany, and 1-1/2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

183
Stuyvesant Heights 1892

This is the corner they started the border from. Note the change in ribbon wood from walnut to mahogany in the corner. One corner did have a corner block, but it wasn't the right one. Being a hall the fingerblock is small. No measurements taken, but my guess is the overall pattern border is the usual 4". First surrounding strip is 1-1/8 oak", then 1/2" mahogany, then 2" oak. Fingerblock is laid straight in 7" blocks with 6 varying width strips.

This is the corner they started the border from. Note the change in ribbon wood from walnut to mahogany in the corner. One corner did have a corner block, but it wasn't the right one. Being a hall the fingerblock is small. No measurements taken, but my guess is the overall pattern border is the usual 4". First surrounding strip is 1-1/8 oak", then 1/2" mahogany, then 2" oak. Fingerblock is laid straight in 7" blocks with 6 varying width strips.

115
Prospect Park South Historic District 1903

This is an example of how not to do a corner. Pattern border is 3" wide, surrounded by 1/2" oak, 1/2" mahogany, then 1-1/2" oak, etc. Center pipe is 3/4". Repeat is 5-7/8": 2-3/8" side of parallelogram, 3-1/2" bottom of trapezoid. Inner field is 1-1/2" slats diagonally.

This is an example of how not to do a corner. Pattern border is 3" wide, surrounded by 1/2" oak, 1/2" mahogany, then 1-1/2" oak, etc. Center pipe is 3/4". Repeat is 5-7/8": 2-3/8" side of parallelogram, 3-1/2" bottom of trapezoid. Inner field is 1-1/2" slats diagonally.

Horizontal Ribbon: Alternate Corners

40
Prospect Park South 1915

In spreadsheet enter in row: A - 2", C - walnut, E - 0, H/J - 13/16, I - 1/4. Corner has two walnut squares and two mahogany square. Gives a pattern border 4-1/4" wide and corner width of 8". Feature stripes beyond border and corner: cherry: 1/2", maple: 1/4", Total border is 10-1/2". Field wood is in 1" wide strips. The fingerblock parquet has at least 12 strips in the block.

In spreadsheet enter in row: A - 2", C - walnut, E - 0, H/J - 13/16, I - 1/4. Corner has two walnut squares and two mahogany square. Gives a pattern border 4-1/4" wide and corner width of 8". Feature stripes beyond border and corner: cherry: 1/2", maple: 1/4", Total border is 10-1/2". Field wood is in 1" wide strips. The fingerblock parquet has at least 12 strips in the block.

6
Bushwick 1897

We have four woods in this one. There are two different dark woods (probably cherry and mahogany). Also the grains are rotated in the square. Field is 8" square with 6 unequal strips (4 × 1-5/16" + 2 × 1-3/8" = 8")]. Note the parquet is diagonal to match the diagonals of the ribbon. This one might would look better if the center of the corner had a square of maple. Figuring out the measurements wasn't easy on this one. See measured drawing. Also see spreadsheet piece calculator. Those odd decimals are close to 1/12's.

We have four woods in this one. There are two different dark woods (probably cherry and mahogany). Also the grains are rotated in the square. Field is 8" square with 6 unequal strips (4 × 1-5/16" + 2 × 1-3/8" = 8")]. Note the parquet is diagonal to match the diagonals of the ribbon. This one might would look better if the center of the corner had a square of maple. Figuring out the measurements wasn't easy on this one. See measured drawing. Also see spreadsheet piece calculator. Those odd decimals are close to 1/12's.

A spreadsheet exists that can calculate all of the below borders and standard corner.

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Source Unknown

Corner unknown. Four woods. Vertical Ribbon. Inner border is 7 1/2" wide, and the full border is 12". See measured drawing. Enter into spreadsheet 2.5 for width of parallelogram and 1.125 for rectangle width. I prefer the alternative wood selections over what is pictured here (dark/light flipped). This is also similar to No. 2414 in the E.L. Roberts 1903 and 1908 catalogs.

Corner unknown. Four woods. Vertical Ribbon. Inner border is 7 1/2" wide, and the full border is 12". See measured drawing. Enter into spreadsheet 2.5 for width of parallelogram and 1.125 for rectangle width. I prefer the alternative wood selections over what is pictured here (dark/light flipped). This is also similar to No. 2414 in the E.L. Roberts 1903 and 1908 catalogs.

137
West Midwood 1908-11

Inner border is 7" wide. Enter into spreadsheet 2.3333" (=7/3) for width of parallelogram and 0 for rectangle width. Oak strips are 1-1/8" with 1/2" mahogany. Inner field is 2" strips laid straight.

Inner border is 7" wide. Enter into spreadsheet 2.3333" (=7/3) for width of parallelogram and 0 for rectangle width. Oak strips are 1-1/8" with 1/2" mahogany. Inner field is 2" strips laid straight.

30
Fiske Terrace 1906

Inner border is 7" wide. Enter into spreadsheet 2.3333" (=7/3) for width of parallelogram and 0 for rectangle width. Oak strips are 1-1/2" making a corner of 10". Walnut feature strips are 1-3/8", making a total border width of 12-3/4".

Inner border is 7" wide. Enter into spreadsheet 2.3333" (=7/3) for width of parallelogram and 0 for rectangle width. Oak strips are 1-1/2" making a corner of 10". Walnut feature strips are 1-3/8", making a total border width of 12-3/4".

32
Fiske Terrace 1906

Vertical with solid pipe. Inner border is 7" wide. Enter into spreadsheet 2.3333" (=7/3) for width of parallelogram and 0 for rectangle width. Outer oak and mahogany strips are 1-3/8" wide.

Vertical with solid pipe. Inner border is 7" wide. Enter into spreadsheet 2.3333" (=7/3) for width of parallelogram and 0 for rectangle width. Outer oak and mahogany strips are 1-3/8" wide.

Vertical Ribbon: Bullseye Corner

160
Ditmas Park 1903

An unusual corner for a pipe. An unusual coloring in the pipe and ribbon. The maple band is 1-1/4", the walnut surrounding is 5/8". Distance outside the pipe is 2-3/4", giving a border of 7-3/4". Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

An unusual corner for a pipe. An unusual coloring in the pipe and ribbon. The maple band is 1-1/4", the walnut surrounding is 5/8". Distance outside the pipe is 2-3/4", giving a border of 7-3/4". Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

174
West Midwood 1906

Reversed coloring and a lovely pipe on this one. Oak pipe is 1", surrounded by 1/2" walnut. Pattern border width is 6-1/2+". Surrounding is 1/2" walnut and 1-3/4" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

Reversed coloring and a lovely pipe on this one. Oak pipe is 1", surrounded by 1/2" walnut. Pattern border width is 6-1/2+". Surrounding is 1/2" walnut and 1-3/4" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

192
Prospect Lefferts Gardens Historic District 1906

This border was in two rooms. Pattern border is 6-1/2" wide. Pipe is 1/2" walnut and 1" maple. Surrounding is 1/2" walnut and 1-3/4" oak. Inner field is diagonal 12" fingerblock with 2" fingers.

This border was in two rooms. Pattern border is 6-1/2" wide. Pipe is 1/2" walnut and 1" maple. Surrounding is 1/2" walnut and 1-3/4" oak. Inner field is diagonal 12" fingerblock with 2" fingers.

214
West Midwood Year?

Pattern border is 6-1/2" wide. Maple pipe is 1", surrounding is 1/2" walnut, giving a 2" wide pipe. Background triangles are 2-1/4" high. Surrounding is 1/2" mahogany and 1-3/4" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

Pattern border is 6-1/2" wide. Maple pipe is 1", surrounding is 1/2" walnut, giving a 2" wide pipe. Background triangles are 2-1/4" high. Surrounding is 1/2" mahogany and 1-3/4" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

Vertical Ribbon: Exploding Corner

207
Bedford-Stuyvesant Year?

A new corner for me. The highlight of the day. It has a lovely color from the aging oil-based finish. Pipe and side space are 2-3/16" wide. Overall pattern is 6-1/2". Repeat is 4-3/8" with 2-3/16" each for ribbon and pipe. Surrounding is 1-3/4" oak, 1-3/8" mahogany, 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal 2" slats.

A new corner for me. The highlight of the day. It has a lovely color from the aging oil-based finish. Pipe and side space are 2-3/16" wide. Overall pattern is 6-1/2". Repeat is 4-3/8" with 2-3/16" each for ribbon and pipe. Surrounding is 1-3/4" oak, 1-3/8" mahogany, 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal 2" slats.

146
Park Slope Historic District 1891

Oak bands are 5/8" and mahogany bands are 1/2". Pattern border is 8-5/8" wide. Surrounding strip is 1-5/16". Inner field is 2" wide strips in 12" fingerblock.

Oak bands are 5/8" and mahogany bands are 1/2". Pattern border is 8-5/8" wide. Surrounding strip is 1-5/16". Inner field is 2" wide strips in 12" fingerblock.

The ribbon is tightly wound with no openings. It can be solid or striped. All borders on this page can be calculated on the 2-Ribbons-Gaps-Overlap spreadsheet (by setting the gap to 0).

14
Park Slope 1885

From a hall. A double twisted ribbon. The ribbons are tight enough that there is no hole in the middle. See measured drawing. You can calculate the pieces for here by using the spreadsheet and setting A to 0, C to 1.325825, and D to 0.

From a hall. A double twisted ribbon. The ribbons are tight enough that there is no hole in the middle. See measured drawing. You can calculate the pieces for here by using the spreadsheet and setting A to 0, C to 1.325825, and D to 0.

54
Crown Heights North I 1894

Pieces assembled in the opposite direction of the previous. You can calculate the pieces for here by using the spreadsheet and setting A to 0, C to =2+19/32, and D to 0. Giving a pattern width of 7-5/16".

Pieces assembled in the opposite direction of the previous. You can calculate the pieces for here by using the spreadsheet and setting A to 0, C to =2+19/32, and D to 0. Giving a pattern width of 7-5/16".

77
West Midwood 1905

Ribbons are 2-1/2" wide. Pattern width is 7". Inner field is straight fingerblock with slats of 1" in a 12" square.

Ribbons are 2-1/2" wide. Pattern width is 7". Inner field is straight fingerblock with slats of 1" in a 12" square.

212
Fiske Terrace 1905

Ribbon width is 2-1/2". Pattern border is about 6-15/16" wide. Surrounding is 1-1/2" oak, 5/8" mahogany, and 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-3/8" wide slats in 12-3/8" square

Ribbon width is 2-1/2". Pattern border is about 6-15/16" wide. Surrounding is 1-1/2" oak, 5/8" mahogany, and 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-3/8" wide slats in 12-3/8" square

92
Crown Heights South 1913

Ribbons are 2-1/16" wide. Pattern width is 6". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock in 2" slats in 12" squares.

Ribbons are 2-1/16" wide. Pattern width is 6". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock in 2" slats in 12" squares.

121
Crown Heights South 1913

A larger version of this pattern. Pattern border is 7" wide. Parallelogram is 2-1/2" high. Border repeat is 3-1/2". Inner field is 1-1/4" slat in fingerblock.

A larger version of this pattern. Pattern border is 7" wide. Parallelogram is 2-1/2" high. Border repeat is 3-1/2". Inner field is 1-1/4" slat in fingerblock.

171
West Midwood 1906

A different corner. Ribbons are 2-1/2" wide. Pattern border is 7". Surrounded by 1-1/2" oak, 1/2" mahogany, 1-3/4" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

A different corner. Ribbons are 2-1/2" wide. Pattern border is 7". Surrounded by 1-1/2" oak, 1/2" mahogany, 1-3/4" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

73
Midwood Park 1905

Ribbons are 2-1/8" wide. Pattern width is 6". Inner field is fingerblock with 1-1/2" slats in probably a 10" square.

Ribbons are 2-1/8" wide. Pattern width is 6". Inner field is fingerblock with 1-1/2" slats in probably a 10" square.

103
Stuyvesant Heights Historic District 1899

Ribbons are 2-1/8" wide. Pattern width is 6". Inner field is diagnonal fingerblock with 1-1/2" wide slats in 12" square.

Ribbons are 2-1/8" wide. Pattern width is 6". Inner field is diagnonal fingerblock with 1-1/2" wide slats in 12" square.

195
Prospect Heights Historic District 1897

Pattern border is 6" wide. Bands are 2-1/8" wide. Surrounding is 2", 1-1/2", and 2". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-3/8" wide slats in a 12" or 12-3/8" square

Pattern border is 6" wide. Bands are 2-1/8" wide. Surrounding is 2", 1-1/2", and 2". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-3/8" wide slats in a 12" or 12-3/8" square

196
Prospect Heights Historic District 1897

Pattern border is 4" wide. Surrounding is 1", 1" and 2". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-1/4" slats in a 7-1/2" square.

Pattern border is 4" wide. Surrounding is 1", 1" and 2". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-1/4" slats in a 7-1/2" square.

162
Ditmas Park 1908

Unusual for the ribbon to be striped on this design. Very lovely. The inner maple band is 1-1/4" wide. Outer bands are 5/8" wide. Surrounding the twist is 1/2" maple, 2" oak, and 1-3/8" mahogany.

Unusual for the ribbon to be striped on this design. Very lovely. The inner maple band is 1-1/4" wide. Outer bands are 5/8" wide. Surrounding the twist is 1/2" maple, 2" oak, and 1-3/8" mahogany.

66
Ditmas Park 1904

Ribbons are 2-1/2" wide. Feature strips are 1-1/2", 1-1/2", 1-3/4". Inner field is diagonal slats 1-3/4" wide.

Ribbons are 2-1/2" wide. Feature strips are 1-1/2", 1-1/2", 1-3/4". Inner field is diagonal slats 1-3/4" wide.

75
West Midwood 1905

All corners were covered. Ribbons are 2-1/2" wide. Pattern width is 7". Inner field is straight slats of 1-3/8".

All corners were covered. Ribbons are 2-1/2" wide. Pattern width is 7". Inner field is straight slats of 1-3/8".

116
Prospect Park South Historic District 1903

6" wide border. Hypotenuse of side right triangles are 2-7/8". Border stripes are 2", 3/4", 1-1/2". Inner field is 1-1/2" slats diagonal.

6" wide border. Hypotenuse of side right triangles are 2-7/8". Border stripes are 2", 3/4", 1-1/2". Inner field is 1-1/2" slats diagonal.

Instead of one of the ribbons overlapping the other, this one has a different wood at the intersection. Though the grain is rotated 90° from the holes between the ribbons. This pattern can also be looked at as a chain of squares. This pattern could go around the corner. You cut in the middle of a repeat. For piece dimensions use: 2-Ribbons-90-Gaps-Intersect.xls spreadsheet

Spreadsheet: 2-Ribbons-90-Gaps-Overlap.xls

87
Prospect Heights Historic District 1901

This is a more practical variant of the one below from the catalog with a triple-stripe band. You have mahogany and quarter-sawn oak ribbons on a maple background. 2-Ribbons-Gaps-Overlap spreadsheet will get the piece sizes, but not the quantity by wood type. Ribbon width is 1". Inner square is 3/4". Giving a 4" wide pattern with 1" wide oak strips along each side. A perfect size for a hall. One of my favorites. Inner field is fingerblock parquet with 1-1/2" wide slats in a 9" square.

This is a more practical variant of the one below from the catalog with a triple-stripe band. You have mahogany and quarter-sawn oak ribbons on a maple background. 2-Ribbons-Gaps-Overlap spreadsheet will get the piece sizes, but not the quantity by wood type. Ribbon width is 1". Inner square is 3/4". Giving a 4" wide pattern with 1" wide oak strips along each side. A perfect size for a hall. One of my favorites. Inner field is fingerblock parquet with 1-1/2" wide slats in a 9" square.

190
Stuyvesant Heights Historic District 1892

Pattern border is 7-1/2" wide. Surrounding is 1-5/8" oak, 1-3/8" mahogany and 2" oak. Inner field is 8" diagonal fingerblock with four fingers.

Pattern border is 7-1/2" wide. Surrounding is 1-5/8" oak, 1-3/8" mahogany and 2" oak. Inner field is 8" diagonal fingerblock with four fingers.

211
Fiske Terrace 1905

Pattern border is 7-1/2" wide. Maple square is 2-5/8". Mahogany ribbons are 1-3/8". Surrounding is 1" oak, 1/4" mahogany, 1" oak, 1-3/8" mahogany. Inner field is 2" slats laid straight.

Pattern border is 7-1/2" wide. Maple square is 2-5/8". Mahogany ribbons are 1-3/8". Surrounding is 1" oak, 1/4" mahogany, 1" oak, 1-3/8" mahogany. Inner field is 2" slats laid straight.

97
Bedford-Stuyvesant 1897

The ribbon has a strip width of 1", giving the border pattern a width of 4-1/4". It is surrounded by feature strips of 1" oak, 1" mahogany, and 2" oak. Inner field is diagnonal fingerblock in four strips of 2" × 8".

The ribbon has a strip width of 1", giving the border pattern a width of 4-1/4". It is surrounded by feature strips of 1" oak, 1" mahogany, and 2" oak. Inner field is diagnonal fingerblock in four strips of 2" × 8".

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From Parquet Floors and Borders, 1895, page 35.

See in archive.org. I like the border continuing around the corner and there not being a corner block. A miter in the right place puts them together. I changed the feature strips from the picture to ribbons matching the inner twisted ribbons. The usual way. I made various measured drawings. See 2-Ribbons-Gaps-Overlap spreadsheet.

See in archive.org. I like the border continuing around the corner and there not being a corner block. A miter in the right place puts them together. I changed the feature strips from the picture to ribbons matching the inner twisted ribbons. The usual way. I made various measured drawings. See 2-Ribbons-Gaps-Overlap spreadsheet.

141
Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1915

Inner squares are 1-5/8". Band width is 7/8". Inner field is 1" strips in 12" fingerblock.

Inner squares are 1-5/8". Band width is 7/8". Inner field is 1" strips in 12" fingerblock.

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Crown Heights North I 1894

Has 30°/60° peaks. This would have been harder to make. Ribbons are 1-3/8" wide. Field is fingerblock parquet with four strips of 2" × 8".

Has 30°/60° peaks. This would have been harder to make. Ribbons are 1-3/8" wide. Field is fingerblock parquet with four strips of 2" × 8".

Gaps Between Ribbons: Ribbons Overlap

139
Lefferts Manor 1910

Strips are 1" wide, giving a pattern width of 6". Inner field is 1-1/2" strips in 12" fingerblock laid straight.

Strips are 1" wide, giving a pattern width of 6". Inner field is 1-1/2" strips in 12" fingerblock laid straight.

98
Bedford-Stuyvesant 1897

Strips are 1" wide, giving a pattern width of 6". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock in four strips of 2" × 8".

Strips are 1" wide, giving a pattern width of 6". Inner field is diagonal fingerblock in four strips of 2" × 8".

232
Crown Heights North 1897

Pattern width is 7" wide. Mahogany bands are 3/4" wide. Oak is 1-3/8" wide. It is surrounded by 1-1/2" rippled wood, 7/8" light mahogany, 1-3/4" oak, 7/8" mahogany, and 1-3/8" oak. There were no corner blocks. Inner field is herringbone fingerblock with 1" to 1-1/4" slats in about a 7-1/2" to 15" rectangle.

Pattern width is 7" wide. Mahogany bands are 3/4" wide. Oak is 1-3/8" wide. It is surrounded by 1-1/2" rippled wood, 7/8" light mahogany, 1-3/4" oak, 7/8" mahogany, and 1-3/8" oak. There were no corner blocks. Inner field is herringbone fingerblock with 1" to 1-1/4" slats in about a 7-1/2" to 15" rectangle.

223
Crown Heights South c1901

Pattern border is 5-7/16" wide. Mahogany and oak bands, and oak triangles height are all 29/32". Surrounded by 7/8" dark oak, 1" maple and 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in a 12" square.

Pattern border is 5-7/16" wide. Mahogany and oak bands, and oak triangles height are all 29/32". Surrounded by 7/8" dark oak, 1" maple and 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in a 12" square.

Gaps Between Ribbons: Ribbons Overlap: Alternate Corner

184
Northern Bedford-Stuyvesant Year?

This appeared in two rooms at this house. Each ribbon is 1-1/3" wide, giving the pattern border an 8" width. The inner ribbon is 3/8" walnut and 1/2" mahogany. Surrounding strips are 3/4" oak and 1/2" maple. Inner field is 2-1/4" planks in 11-1/4" square fingerblock laid diagonally.

This appeared in two rooms at this house. Each ribbon is 1-1/3" wide, giving the pattern border an 8" width. The inner ribbon is 3/8" walnut and 1/2" mahogany. Surrounding strips are 3/4" oak and 1/2" maple. Inner field is 2-1/4" planks in 11-1/4" square fingerblock laid diagonally.

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Crown Heights North I 1894

The ribbon crossing is a simplification of the twist above, but where this one stands out is the use of five stripes for the ribbons. The tradeoff being there are no feature strips. The outer mahogany and maple stripes are 1/4". The inside walnut is 3/4". The inner section is 1-7/8" wide. Giving a pattern width of 5-3/8". This will require a new spreadsheet.

The ribbon crossing is a simplification of the twist above, but where this one stands out is the use of five stripes for the ribbons. The tradeoff being there are no feature strips. The outer mahogany and maple stripes are 1/4". The inside walnut is 3/4". The inner section is 1-7/8" wide. Giving a pattern width of 5-3/8". This will require a new spreadsheet.

219
Crown Heights North II c1907

This was the most expensive border in the house. The house had six borders that I photographed. Skinny bands are 1/4" wide. Walnut in the ribbon middle is 3/4" wide. In between ribbon is 1-1/2". Making the pattern border 5" wide. Surrounding is 1-1/2" oak. Inner field is straight fingerblock with three 1-1/4" and six 1-3/8" slats making a 12" square. The floor had a wax finish.

This was the most expensive border in the house. The house had six borders that I photographed. Skinny bands are 1/4" wide. Walnut in the ribbon middle is 3/4" wide. In between ribbon is 1-1/2". Making the pattern border 5" wide. Surrounding is 1-1/2" oak. Inner field is straight fingerblock with three 1-1/4" and six 1-3/8" slats making a 12" square. The floor had a wax finish.

95
Crown Heights South 1913

We have a different corner on this one. Pattern is 5" wide. Maple and walnut strips are 1/4" wide. Mahongany strips appear to be 11/16" wide. Leaving 1-5/8" for the inner oak background. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with four 2" × 8" slats.

We have a different corner on this one. Pattern is 5" wide. Maple and walnut strips are 1/4" wide. Mahongany strips appear to be 11/16" wide. Leaving 1-5/8" for the inner oak background. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with four 2" × 8" slats.

227
Bedford-Stuyvesant Year?

The corners were covered with furniture and stuff. Pattern border is 5-3/8" wide. Cherry strips are 1-3/8" wide. Inner oak strips are 1-5/16" wide. Repeat is 12". Surrounded with 1-5/16" oak twice, 3/8" mahogany, and 1-5/16" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in an 8" square.

The corners were covered with furniture and stuff. Pattern border is 5-3/8" wide. Cherry strips are 1-3/8" wide. Inner oak strips are 1-5/16" wide. Repeat is 12". Surrounded with 1-5/16" oak twice, 3/8" mahogany, and 1-5/16" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in an 8" square.

143
Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1912

Mahogany bands are 1" wide. In between the bands is 3". Surrounding bands are 1-3/8". Repeat is 10-3/8". Inner field is 2" wide strips in 8" fingerblock laid straight.

Mahogany bands are 1" wide. In between the bands is 3". Surrounding bands are 1-3/8". Repeat is 10-3/8". Inner field is 2" wide strips in 8" fingerblock laid straight.

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Fiske Terrace 1905

Pattern border is 5" wide. Dark bands are 1" wide. Inner oak is 3" wide. Repeat is 10-1/2". Surrounding is 1-1/2" oak, 7/8" mahogany, and 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-3/8" wide slats in 12 - 12-3/8" square.

Pattern border is 5" wide. Dark bands are 1" wide. Inner oak is 3" wide. Repeat is 10-1/2". Surrounding is 1-1/2" oak, 7/8" mahogany, and 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-3/8" wide slats in 12 - 12-3/8" square.

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Lefferts Manor 1909

This is the above, but with every other repeat stretched. This can go around the corner, like the above, but the lovely corner block makes it easier to lay. The pattern introduces 67.5° angles, making the dimensions much more complicated. Inner maple band is 1/4". Outer walnut bands are 1/2". Inner square is 1-3/8". Oak strips alongside pattern are 1". This is the Extended Variant on 2-Ribbons-Gaps-Overlap spreadsheet.

This is the above, but with every other repeat stretched. This can go around the corner, like the above, but the lovely corner block makes it easier to lay. The pattern introduces 67.5° angles, making the dimensions much more complicated. Inner maple band is 1/4". Outer walnut bands are 1/2". Inner square is 1-3/8". Oak strips alongside pattern are 1". This is the Extended Variant on 2-Ribbons-Gaps-Overlap spreadsheet.

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Stuyvesant Heights Historic District 1892

I would think that this is a refloor. Ribbon is 1/2" mahogany and 1/4" maple. Pattern border is 5-1/4". Surrounding oak is 1". Inner field is diagonal 12" fingerblock with 2" wide fingers.

I would think that this is a refloor. Ribbon is 1/2" mahogany and 1/4" maple. Pattern border is 5-1/4". Surrounding oak is 1". Inner field is diagonal 12" fingerblock with 2" wide fingers.

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Prospect Park South 1915

Inner maple band is 1/4". Outer walnut bands are 1/2". Inner square is 1-3/8". Oak strips alongside pattern are 1". This is the Extended Variant on 2-Ribbons-Gaps-Overlap spreadsheet.

Inner maple band is 1/4". Outer walnut bands are 1/2". Inner square is 1-3/8". Oak strips alongside pattern are 1". This is the Extended Variant on 2-Ribbons-Gaps-Overlap spreadsheet.

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North Park Slope Year?

Maple strips are 1/4" and mahogany center is 1". Inner width is 5", giving a pattern width of 8". Surrounding is 2", 1" mahogany, 2". Repeat is 24". Inner field is 1-1/2" slats in 9" fingerblock.

Maple strips are 1/4" and mahogany center is 1". Inner width is 5", giving a pattern width of 8". Surrounding is 2", 1" mahogany, 2". Repeat is 24". Inner field is 1-1/2" slats in 9" fingerblock.

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Park Slope Historic District 1910

Pattern border is 7-7/8" wide. Bands are 1" mahogany and 1/4" maple. Surrounding is 2" oak and 1/2" mahogany. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-3/8" slats in am 11" square.

Pattern border is 7-7/8" wide. Bands are 1" mahogany and 1/4" maple. Surrounding is 2" oak and 1/2" mahogany. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-3/8" slats in am 11" square.

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Bedford-Stuyvesant 1898

It looks newer than 1898. Could be a refloor. Lots of 30/120 angles. Maple strips are 1/4" and mahogany center is 1". Overall pattern width is 7-5/8". I didn't think to get the distance between rhombuses. Field is elongated fingerblock using four 2" wide slats. Probably 16" long.

It looks newer than 1898. Could be a refloor. Lots of 30/120 angles. Maple strips are 1/4" and mahogany center is 1". Overall pattern width is 7-5/8". I didn't think to get the distance between rhombuses. Field is elongated fingerblock using four 2" wide slats. Probably 16" long.

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Bedford-Stuyvesant 1901

Mahogany bands are 1" wide with 1/4" wide surrounding maple bands. Inner field is diagnonal fingerblock with 2" wide slats in an 8" square.

Mahogany bands are 1" wide with 1/4" wide surrounding maple bands. Inner field is diagnonal fingerblock with 2" wide slats in an 8" square.

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South Midwood Year?

Quite the border! The pattern is 9" wide. The band has five parts in three woods: the maple and mahogany are 3/16" and the oak between is 3/4". Center mahogany pieces are 1-1/2" × 13-3/8". Inside oak pieces are 1-1/2" × 11-1/2". Border repeat is ~16-9/16". Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

Quite the border! The pattern is 9" wide. The band has five parts in three woods: the maple and mahogany are 3/16" and the oak between is 3/4". Center mahogany pieces are 1-1/2" × 13-3/8". Inside oak pieces are 1-1/2" × 11-1/2". Border repeat is ~16-9/16". Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

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Midwood Park 1907

Three ribbons (oak, maple, cherry) in braid, or basketweave. Mahogany feature strips and border background. This is the same as #33 below. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

Three ribbons (oak, maple, cherry) in braid, or basketweave. Mahogany feature strips and border background. This is the same as #33 below. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.

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Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1913

Three ribbons (oak, maple, cherry) in braid, or basketweave. Mahogany feature strips and border background. Use 3-Ribbons-30/120 spreadsheet. [Strip height: 2-1/8", Width: 4-3/4"] Corner dimensions are different (and spreadsheet needs enhancing).

Three ribbons (oak, maple, cherry) in braid, or basketweave. Mahogany feature strips and border background. Use 3-Ribbons-30/120 spreadsheet. [Strip height: 2-1/8", Width: 4-3/4"] Corner dimensions are different (and spreadsheet needs enhancing).

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Midwood Park 1907-1908

Three ribbons (oak, maple, cherry) in braid, or basketweave. Mahogany feature strips and border background. Border width of the pattern is 6". Feature stripes are oak: 1-1/2", mahogany: 1/2", oak: 1". They look unbalanced. See spreadsheet.

Three ribbons (oak, maple, cherry) in braid, or basketweave. Mahogany feature strips and border background. Border width of the pattern is 6". Feature stripes are oak: 1-1/2", mahogany: 1/2", oak: 1". They look unbalanced. See spreadsheet.

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Park Slope Historic District 1891

Mahogany bands are 1/2" wide. In between is 11/16". Distance between peaks is 5-5/6". Pattern width is 7-7/8". Surrounding is a 2" band. Inner field is 2" strips in 12" fingerblock.

Mahogany bands are 1/2" wide. In between is 11/16". Distance between peaks is 5-5/6". Pattern width is 7-7/8". Surrounding is a 2" band. Inner field is 2" strips in 12" fingerblock.

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Midwood Park Historic District 1904

A very lovely border with four woods. Overall pattern border is 7.78", with 2" of oak and 1-3/8" of mahogany surround it. The inner squares may actually be two right triangles. Pieces can be calculated in the 3-Ribbons-90 spreadsheet by setting C to zero, and A and D to 1.375". Surrounding is 2" quarter sawn oak, 1-3/8" mahogany, and 2" plain sawn oak. The inner field is 2" diagonal slats.

A very lovely border with four woods. Overall pattern border is 7.78", with 2" of oak and 1-3/8" of mahogany surround it. The inner squares may actually be two right triangles. Pieces can be calculated in the 3-Ribbons-90 spreadsheet by setting C to zero, and A and D to 1.375". Surrounding is 2" quarter sawn oak, 1-3/8" mahogany, and 2" plain sawn oak. The inner field is 2" diagonal slats.

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Park Slope Mansion 1900

Three twisted ribbons. It sticks with 45° angles and has the triple stripe bands. I created a spreadsheet that calculates the piece sizes, though I don't know the size pictured here.

Three twisted ribbons. It sticks with 45° angles and has the triple stripe bands. I created a spreadsheet that calculates the piece sizes, though I don't know the size pictured here.

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Clinton Hill Historic District 1905 - Apartment.

Mahogany strips are 1/2". Inner bands are 2" wide. Making the pattern width 8" wide. Repeat on border is 12". Inner field is 1-1/2" slats in 12" fingerblock.

Mahogany strips are 1/2". Inner bands are 2" wide. Making the pattern width 8" wide. Repeat on border is 12". Inner field is 1-1/2" slats in 12" fingerblock.

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Crown Heights North II c1907

Mahogany bands are 1/2" with 1-1/2" oak between. Oak that fills the rhombus cut is 3/4". That gives a border width of 8". Surrounding is 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-1/2" slats in a 10-1/2" square. The floor had a wax finish.

Mahogany bands are 1/2" with 1-1/2" oak between. Oak that fills the rhombus cut is 3/4". That gives a border width of 8". Surrounding is 2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 1-1/2" slats in a 10-1/2" square. The floor had a wax finish.

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Lefferts Manor 1909

Has lots of 30°/60° angles. They should have been able to meld in the corner banding with the side banding and not had a separate corner block.

Has lots of 30°/60° angles. They should have been able to meld in the corner banding with the side banding and not had a separate corner block.

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Crown Heights South 1913

Four twisted ribbons. Appears to be the same as the previous one. Dark bands are 1/2" wide. Spacing between them is 1-1/2". With border bands of 3/4", you get a inner border width of 8", or 12" with the surrounding strips. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in 12" squares.

Four twisted ribbons. Appears to be the same as the previous one. Dark bands are 1/2" wide. Spacing between them is 1-1/2". With border bands of 3/4", you get a inner border width of 8", or 12" with the surrounding strips. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in 12" squares.

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Prospect Park South 1915

Has lots of 67.5° angles and an irregular trapezoid. It would have been very hard to make. This appears as #155 in the Boughton & Linville 1892 catalog on Page 10. Though the ribbon colors are reversed. Corner block is 12". Outer oak strip is 3/4". Inner band is 1/4". Outer bands are 9/16".

Has lots of 67.5° angles and an irregular trapezoid. It would have been very hard to make. This appears as #155 in the Boughton & Linville 1892 catalog on Page 10. Though the ribbon colors are reversed. Corner block is 12". Outer oak strip is 3/4". Inner band is 1/4". Outer bands are 9/16".

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Park Slope 1892

The field parquet is 8-3/4" of five 1-3/4" strips. I have no idea what all the woods are (besides the obvious mahogany and maple). See measured drawing.

The field parquet is 8-3/4" of five 1-3/4" strips. I have no idea what all the woods are (besides the obvious mahogany and maple). See measured drawing.

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Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Historic District 1905

There were no corner blocks. The pattern was taken around the corners. Inner majogany blocks are 2" square. The pattern border is 6" wide. It is surrounded with 1" oak, 1/2" mahogany, and 1-1/2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in a 12" square.

There were no corner blocks. The pattern was taken around the corners. Inner majogany blocks are 2" square. The pattern border is 6" wide. It is surrounded with 1" oak, 1/2" mahogany, and 1-1/2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in a 12" square.

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Lefferts Manor 1909

Quite the enhancement over the one below. This has two ribbons running through a chain. I think this is too much for this design. The following are better.

Quite the enhancement over the one below. This has two ribbons running through a chain. I think this is too much for this design. The following are better.

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Crown Heights Park Place Historic District c1901

The pattern border is 4" wide. Surrounded by 1/2" oak, 1/2" mahogany and 1" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in an 8" square.

The pattern border is 4" wide. Surrounded by 1/2" oak, 1/2" mahogany and 1" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in an 8" square.

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Prospect Park South Historic District 1903

Inner pattern border is 4" wide, with 1/2" maple and mahogany alongside. The 4" is evenly divided into the walnut and oak bands. Pattern repeat is 8". I prefer this corner without the corner block. Inner field is 1-1/2" slats diagonally.

Inner pattern border is 4" wide, with 1/2" maple and mahogany alongside. The 4" is evenly divided into the walnut and oak bands. Pattern repeat is 8". I prefer this corner without the corner block. Inner field is 1-1/2" slats diagonally.

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Park Slope 1894

A neo-Renaissance built by Jeremiah Gilligan. From a listing when it was on the market in 2010. My guess at its measurements. The diagonal parquet appears to be 10" squares of 2" strips. The irregular hexagon and Isosceles trapezoid between the flowers are 6" from point to point, and 4" on the sides. This is No. 2394 in the 1903 and 1908 E.L. Roberts catalogs. The corner is slightly different. The band of cherry running through the middle of the border is also between the maple squares in the corner. I would have it both ways. Their way where it meets a border. The way here for the sides not adjacent to a border. Or even better: No bordered corner block, but have the border pattern continue around the corner. The catalog has 8" wide. I came up with 7-1/2". It is listed as oak, maple, and cherry.

A neo-Renaissance built by Jeremiah Gilligan. From a listing when it was on the market in 2010. My guess at its measurements. The diagonal parquet appears to be 10" squares of 2" strips. The irregular hexagon and Isosceles trapezoid between the flowers are 6" from point to point, and 4" on the sides. This is No. 2394 in the 1903 and 1908 E.L. Roberts catalogs. The corner is slightly different. The band of cherry running through the middle of the border is also between the maple squares in the corner. I would have it both ways. Their way where it meets a border. The way here for the sides not adjacent to a border. Or even better: No bordered corner block, but have the border pattern continue around the corner. The catalog has 8" wide. I came up with 7-1/2". It is listed as oak, maple, and cherry.

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South Midwood 1910

Bands are 7/8" wide. Overall pattern width is 6-3/16" wide. Note that inside the squares is three rectangular pieces of wood. Inner field is fingerblock with 2" wide slats.

Bands are 7/8" wide. Overall pattern width is 6-3/16" wide. Note that inside the squares is three rectangular pieces of wood. Inner field is fingerblock with 2" wide slats.

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Park Slope Sportmen's Row 1889

A different way of doing a corner for this pattern. The 1" squares in the corner are dark wood (probably walnut). Those squares in the border are not dark (mahogany). This is a wide border. Including the 1/4" mahogany outer strips, the width is 15-1/2" wide. The corner is 12" square. See measured drawings.

A different way of doing a corner for this pattern. The 1" squares in the corner are dark wood (probably walnut). Those squares in the border are not dark (mahogany). This is a wide border. Including the 1/4" mahogany outer strips, the width is 15-1/2" wide. The corner is 12" square. See measured drawings.

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Bushwick 1897

Only two woods: mahogany and oak. I would jazz this up with a 1/4" feature strip of mahogany. Field is 8" square with 6 strips [they are not the same width]. The field parquet is straight, as there are no diagonals in the border. See measured drawing (also has enhanced version). See spreadsheet to calculate piece sizes.

Only two woods: mahogany and oak. I would jazz this up with a 1/4" feature strip of mahogany. Field is 8" square with 6 strips [they are not the same width]. The field parquet is straight, as there are no diagonals in the border. See measured drawing (also has enhanced version). See spreadsheet to calculate piece sizes.

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From Old House Online

See source. Appears to have an overall border width of 12". To calculate piece sizes use chain spreadsheet. At the top enter 1 for strip width and 4 for ratio. For border enter: 2, 1.25, 1.25. Note no corner block used here. Field is a fingerblock (nine strips of 1-3/8" × 12-3/8") laid diagonally.

See source. Appears to have an overall border width of 12". To calculate piece sizes use chain spreadsheet. At the top enter 1 for strip width and 4 for ratio. For border enter: 2, 1.25, 1.25. Note no corner block used here. Field is a fingerblock (nine strips of 1-3/8" × 12-3/8") laid diagonally.

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West Midwood 1915

Small square is 1". Hole in chain is 3" × 1". The corner isn't the proper corner for this border.

Small square is 1". Hole in chain is 3" × 1". The corner isn't the proper corner for this border.