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Examples of jobs, my softwood choice and Timber Merchants grades

Windows (see my Sliding Sash Window Blog)

You need decent close grained timber with a minimum of knots and other defects. This is because integrity of the design is required using fairly thin sections. You might also be painting or coating them to stand up to the weather and paint doesn’t like knots and shakes.

My Choice – the best Unsorted (U/S) redwood, you can find.

(don’t worry I’ll explain the timber merchant jargon in a bit)


The timber sections are bigger so small defects like knots won’t have the same negative impact and can look attractive but the joints still need to be tough.

My Choice – 4th’s ( IVth’s ) redwood

Other stuff of any quality

Where proper joints need some strength but you can work around any defects in the timber

My choice – 5th’s or 6th’s ( Vth’s or VI th’s) redwood

Carcassing, shelves in the garage, boxing in, rabbit hutches etc.

My choice – sawfalling white wood.


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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