To achieve this goal we had to do some crazy hours and have been left exhausted!!! We filled the woods natural gaps, then off to Home Depot to rent a sander.
We didn't know how to use the sander, so the guys at Home Depot gave us a 5 second demonstration. As it turns out, Pierre took full control of the sander and I was quality control!
The sandering was to even the new hardwood with the old and create a smooth surface for staining. The big sander worked fine, but we still needed the small hand sander to finese the smaller and more intricate areas.