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.

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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.