Monday, 17 March 2014

Buying Wood.


I'm often asked where I buy my wood and the answer is all over! Wood yards aren't easy to find sometimes and they can be intimidating places especially for novices. Yards that sell planed timber in a self selection manor are much more user friendly as you can buy small amounts and you can see what you are getting. The down side is that they are expensive compared to buying quantities of waney edged timber. These two boards above cost me £100 for about 1.5 cubic feet of timber (about $170 for 18 board feet for all you Yanks!) Whilst that is expensive lets have a look at the real cost.


The first board was brown oak, solid brown all the way through with no defects. It was also bang on quarter sawn right the way across. It is 5 1/2' long and almost 4" square and will yield enough timber for 10 beautiful small boxes, all with continuous matching grain. About £5 of timber for a £250 box, that's ok by me.

The next board was quarter sawn oak, again no defects and with a wonderful delicate tight ripple running the full length and visible on both sides. It measures 10' x 5" x 2 1/2" thick, enough for 10 larger boxes at a cost of about £4 a box selling for £300 plus.


Now I had to turn a couple of hundred boards to find these two but it was well worth the 40 minutes rummaging. So if you are willing to make the effort and you know what you are looking for, great timber can be found in these DIY yards.


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  2. Hope we will get to see some of these boxes.

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    1. That would be nice, I haven't had a chance to make any furniture for months, I'm just trying to keep up with the tool sales.

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    2. Great find on the wood! :-) I stumbled across your site this evening, glad I did, we have a lot of the same interest. I love woodworking and I am always looking to find deals on wood.

      A few weeks ago I found some walnut, take a look.
      Michael
      http://michaelswoodcraft.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/wood-gloat/

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    3. That looks a nice haul and great to get it not too far from home. I like the chopping boards.

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  3. Hi David,
    Which timber yard did you get the boards from as I am always on the lookout for somewhere new for a rummage.
    Thanks Dave

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    1. Hi Dave, I forgot to mention that, it was Wests near Petworth. The yard at Yandles in Martock has a much bigger selection if you can get there. All the best, David.

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    2. I will keep a look out for them the next time I'm that way. Yandles is good I try to make the two shows each year , it here I have had some of your tools from.
      Thanks Dave

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