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Beginers Guide to Buying and Preparing Timber for Woodworking

I wish I had come across a guide like this a few years back when I started on some exteme woodworking projects.

I've put together answers to many of the questions that I came across.

These include;

What timber / lumber to use?

Where to buy Timber?

What to look out for in Timber / Lumber?

How to prepare the Timber/ Lumber?

It's the sort of information many folks just take for granted. If you're like me, you might feel silly asking.

If you are getting in to woodworking, stuggling with timber merchants jargon, wondering where to start, I hope you find the guide useful.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please get in touch here, I'd love to here from you.

<Start on the guide to buying and preparing timber here>


Timber / wood for DIY, Woodworking, Joinery, Carpentry

Examples of joinery jobs, softwood types and timber grades

Carpentry and joinery softwood types

Timber Grades, Unsorted ? Vth's ? Sawfalling ?

Timber rough sawn ? PSE ? PAR?

Commonly available rough sawn and PSE / PAR timber sizes

How to choose a Timber Merchant / Supplier

Work out what timber you need for the job

Inspecting wood at the Timber Merchant

Preparing the timber for acclimatising

Planing timber / wood flat, square and true

How to plane up the good pieces of wood

How to plane "diamond" pieces

How to plane Winding or Twisted timber

How to plane bowing on a timber board

How to plane cupped or cupping timber