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Choosing Timber Merchants / Timber Suppliers, Wood Yard

My advice is to visit the supplier first.

Retail DIY outlets

The DIY outlets and I’ll include Wickes sell various sizes of “White wood” PSE / PAR. If you pick good pieces they will be fine for many DIY jobs. Be prepared to chuck 20% - 30% of what your buy in multi packs. The outside pieces of each pack might be OK but there’s often horrors hidden inside. I’ll buy a pack for battens and boxing in if I don’t need long lengths that have to straight. It’s often cheaper than going to a timber merchants.

Builders Merchants

The range of carpentry grade timber at most builders merchants is limited. It could be worth having look round but don’t expect too much.

Timber Merchants / Wood Yards

On the first visit tell them “I’m looking for a decent timber supplier for some projects I’ve got on the go” or words to that effect. If they treat you right at this stage and everything else pans out, you’ve found your supplier.

You want to know:

What they stock, to make sure you can put your shopping list together.

What’s the stock like, ask to have a look and get a feel for the quality.

Delivery costs, if the length will be too long for your own transport. They should saw lengths down for you if required or at least let you saw it down.

Last off, ask about the prices, but relate it to the quantities you will be purchasing.

All this can be a bit daunting if you’re not used to a commercial environment, you’ll be rubbing shoulders with professionals, forktrucks, lorries and big machines.

If you can help them make easy quick sales by knowing what you want you’re likely to get the better discounts. If you end up as troublesome, time wasting retail customer you’re likely to get retail prices instead of trade.


Next - Work out what timber you need for the job




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 Mechants

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