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For Sale: Reclaimed Bowling Lane Flooring
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Know anyone specifying reclaimed bowling lane flooring? If so, here's a hot lead: A Toronto developer has plenty of the stuff and, according to Canada's Daily Commercial News, he went to great lengths to save it from the Dumpster. Mehran Nouri and his development partners are turning a north Toronto bowling alley into a parking facility, so the bowling lanes had to go. Each lane is 60 feet long and three feet wide, and the thickness ranges from 2¼ to 2¾ inches. To save the flooring, Nouri had to make his own number 18 Robertsons screwdrivers—he made a lot of them, actually, since the commercial ones are always heat-treated and nickel-plated. "We couldn’t even find a Robertson screwdriver that large any more, so we had to make our own tools, grinding down metal shafts to size so we could remove the screws" Nouri told the Daily Commercial News. Nouri decided to save the flooring after learning the bowling lane wood is valued for making tables, kitchen counter tops, bar tops and entrance doors—and flooring. If you're interested, act fast: Nouri has been approached by furniture makers and restaurateurs hoping to capitalize on the kitsch afforded by old bowling alley equipment.

Read all about the struggles Nouri endured to save this flooring here.

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I would like to contact Nouri about the possiblity of using some of the recycled bowling alley wood. Could I get some contact information?

thank you pamela
Comment By pamela mayhew At 1/25/2011 3:28 PM
I am looking for two pieces 22 ft long each. Do you have them and how much?
Comment By Mike Barnhill At 1/28/2011 10:13 PM
Would love to purchase some wood we have 4 duck pin lanes that need to be redone.
Comment By Richard DeChristopher At 3/3/2011 2:07 PM

I have a client who is interested in having me build a table from bowling alley wood. Needs a table 12 ft long x 30” wide. Inset triangles and dot markers (a must.)

Could I contact Nouri somehow?

Thanks, Nate

“Busted Stuff”
Artisan Furniture Maker
Comment By Nate At 3/30/2011 8:47 AM
If you have any of the flooring available, please do contact me. My email is Thanks!
Comment By Jen At 5/15/2011 10:09 AM
I am also looking to buy a tabletop-sized piece of the wood. Is this still available?


Comment By Astrid At 7/7/2011 1:58 PM

I would also like to contact Nouri regarding the bowling alley flooring.

Thanks very much
Comment By suse At 7/27/2011 12:09 AM
I am interested in buying possibly two pieces 8 ft each. Markings need not be present.

Much appreciated,
Comment By Stephen Marketos At 8/5/2011 10:27 PM
I have 24 lane sections of approximately 8' long, 42' wide, and 2.5' thick that I am selling. Please send me an email to if you are interested.
Comment By ken At 6/2/2013 3:19 PM
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