Corner Knots

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.

Contents to Sections Below:


Single Loop

81 Floor border: P081 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.
230 Floor border: P230 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.
46 Floor border: P046 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.
89 Floor border: P089 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.

Most Common

To get piece sizes, use common knot spreadsheet

127 Floor border: P127 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.
213 Floor border: P213 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.
80 Floor border: P080 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.
20 Floor border: P020 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.
158 Floor border: P158 Prospect Park South Historic District 1906 
233 Floor border: P233 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.
90 Floor border: P090 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.
179 Floor border: P179 Stuyvesant Heights 1892 
No measurements taken. Probably the same as #90.

Most Common: Single Corner Square (Incorrect)

50 Floor border: P050 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.
45 Floor border: P045 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.
128 Floor border: P128 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.
29 Floor border: P029 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.
114 Floor border: P114 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.

Most Common: Striped Ribbons: Single Slat Between Bands

I prefer this over the flipped.

225 Floor border: P225 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.

Most Common: Striped Ribbons: Two Slats Between Bands

3 Floor border: P003 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.
133 Floor border: P133 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.
19 Floor border: P019 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.
60 Floor border: P060 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.

Flipped

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

11 Floor border: P011 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.
142 Floor border: P142 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.
62 Floor border: P062 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.
175 Floor border: P175 Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1906 
Bands and inner square are 1". Surrounding is 2" oak. Inner field is 2" slats laid diagonally.
199 Floor border: P199 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.
39 Floor border: P039 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.

Flipped: Single Corner Square (Incorrect)

71 Floor border: P071 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.

Bands Cross Over the Other

148 Floor border: P148 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.
221 Floor border: P221 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.