Try your local BM if you have one, mine would charge £5.56, plus they
will deliver reasonable quantities. Might be possible to get a
discount too but I've never tried.
If it's structural eg for joists then any old 2x4 might not do, it
might require at least a minimum strength grade.
My local (very good) timber yard
47x100 regularised* C16 carcassing 1.29/mtr
Planed redwood probably about 2.10/mtr.
The redwood would be way better quality than the shit banana wood you
get from the sheds, and any length you want to 4.8m.
*The regularised stuff is planed (a bit) and roundy cornered, whitewood,
and comes out about 44x95.
This is the same stuff, AFAICS, which is sold as Canadian Lumber
Standard (CLS). There is 44x95, as you say, and smaller ones of
about 38x63, 38x89 and 38x140
As you say, it is nice to use in situations where PAR is not really
needed but sawn is not good enough.
It's quite a bit less expensive than PAR and even in the DIY places
not priced badly and of fairly good quality. Last time I bought
some from B&Q, it was from a good and straight batch from Stora Enso,
one of the large Finnish producers.
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IIRC B&Q don't sell redwood at all, so their "planed softwood" is whitewood,
spruce, CLS, construction material, or whatever else you want to call it.
Merchants usually sell whitewood and redwood but there is, rightly, a big
difference in price.
Spruce is fine for a lot of applications but is virtually unmachineable.
Well yes the ideas the same as CLS (i.e. safer for handling), but its
apparently the latest British Standard for studding work.
CLS is neat round figure _finished_ size, i.e. 1.5" x 2.5" (and some
others), regularised is a bit awkward, being 6mm / 1/4" down on its
nominal 2x3 etc. My Brother (a pro joiner) doesn't like the stuff as
standard width door casings etc don't match it. I suspect things will
catch up eventually.
As you say, its pretty reasonable stuff for the price. I've now used
most of my 52 pieces of 4.2m 2x3 regularised for the shed build, and
most of its pretty straight and very little twist.
Can't say the same about 3 off 3m lengths of 2x4 regularised I got, all
ended up with 20-30 degrees of twist (outside, but under cover).
Two I used, but the last piece I pulled out yesterday for the veranda
ridge beam was beyond redemption. Down the yard this morning for a nice
length of 50x100 redwood PSE. So back to the original topic, £1.69/m +
Are you comparing like with like? I just 'phoned Jewson, and
was told £2.39/m (£5.74/2.4m, specified simply "redwood").
Travis Perkins, who I think are often robbers, have on
their website REDWOOD STD/5THS PSE PAR 50X100MM £2.21 - M,
or about £5.30. Normally DIY stores are not known for
quality timber, although I nipped in to a B&Q Who^H^Harehouse
a while ago and noticed some nice redwood boards in length.
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