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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?
Buying timber in the UK is not as easy as it is in the US. here I am spoiled, there it can be more a chore. Oh! Yes, I mean timber, by the way. Terminology is different in the UK than the US. Lumber in the US is what you buy when you build your house and it’s what you usually find at the lumber stores like Home Depot and Lowes or the locally owned lumber store too. In the UK lumber doesn’t work; we call it wood or sometimes, often, timber. So here is the point; when you are looking for oak wood to work with on projects, don’t forget or dismiss looking on ebay these days.
When you are choosing structural sawn timber for your building project there are several important questions to ask yourself.
Type of Timber
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So…you’re looking at wood. It comes in very many variations doesn’t it? So here a breakdown for you.
There are 2 types for a start…..sawn and planed.
Sawn Timber (when its rough)
Sawn timber is used where you can’t see it, under floors, in the roof etc. and it’s cheap. If you want to use it outside for fences etc. you can get sawn and treated. Now it will be rough but also green or brown.
This is sawn timber, which has been planed down a bit until it’s smooth. If you see the acronym PAR, it means planed all round. This is used where it can be seen.
Posted on Thursday 26 August 2021 at 11:09
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