I'm looking to find a supplier of Cherry and Oak in the UK. I can find
lots of timber suppliers but they all seem to be more building
merchants and faint if I ask for anything they consider "exotic". An
online supplier who will ship to the Isle of Arran (Scotland) would be
ideal. I'm looking to make some new doors for the farmhouse and as the
double glazing is Cherry effect UPVC, SWMBO dictates that the back
door must be "real" Cherry to match, good choice or would you use
something else and stain to get the effect?
Any help gratefully received
Oak is pretty easy, cherry isn't. We grow a bit of cherry (Hampshire,
AFAIK) but not much. Oak is mainly French, but there's plenty of
English. So the little cherry you do see tends to be imported American
and at the high end of the price bracket.
I'd suggest getting a copy of Furniture and Cabinet Making magazine and
checking the ads in the back. Plenty of small timberyards advertising
there. As you're unlikely to find somewhere really _that_ close to
Arran, you're looking at mail order anyway and that opens up the whole
My local (Bristol) guys are pretty good, and they'll give you an idea of
pricing, if no more.
My usual advice on big timber jobs is to buy rough sawn boards and a
thicknesser, saving yourself the machining costs. However if shipping
weight is an issue, planed timber looks more attractive.
Now ask the Americans for confirmation on this, but if I were making a
back door, I'd go with oak rather than cherry, just from the rot aspect.
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