What's the general opinion on what sort of supplier to use for timber? I'm
not after anything fancy: I plan to line my garage with battening, insulate
between the battens and cover with sheeting, but should I be looking at
"proper" timber yards, builders' suppliers like Jewson and Travis Perkins,
the big DIY stores, or what? In the past I've had good and bad wood from a
multitude of sources: at least in Wickes, say, I could select the wood
myself and reject anything that's twisted. Is there a particular type or
grade of timber I should use?
I'm in SE Kent (nearest town, Hythe). Can anyone recommend a good source
for my area? Or even wider afield if the quality could be guaranteed.
I would go to a builders merchant that carries significant stocks of
timber. Some specialise in other areas and only have minimal timber.
Don't be afraid to ask for a discount or 'best price'
I suggest regularised sawn carcassing for your battens. This way they
will all be the same size and have rounded corners and a nearly smoothed
finish which better to handle. Consider pressure treated timber if it is
likely to get damp.
You might get away with shuttering ply which is about the ceapest. If
you ue 22mm then this will be strong enough for modest shelving an
cupboards without necessarily having to pick up on your studs every time.
Splash cheap white emulsion on all over and this will improve the
effectiveness of your lighting.
I'm all for economy, and thanks for the suggestion, but I would prefer to
work with decent quality wood and I will need to keep fairly careful track
of the exact positions of the battens, so anything too wayward would be
awkward. Also, junk and reclamation yards aren't too thick on the ground
where I am, so the costs of delivery might well outweigh any savings. I'll
see what's around, though.
Ah, thanks. I did see that place but couldn't get an angle that gave any
details. Their website rather gives the impression that they make furniture
from reclaimed wood rather than supplying the raw material, but perhaps they
do both. In any case, I'll investigate further.
They have been brilliant in the past, and very helpful.
Ignore the prices on the website (and the range). I found prices, delivery
charges and stock much better at the yard than on the website.
Ideally, pop in and visit them.
Disclaimer: I've not used them for 2 years now - not aware of changes but
Let us know if they are still good!
Darren, thanks for that. I just went to their site and it seems that things
have changed: they're now part of a chain called TimberClick ("The new way
to buy timber") and it looks as though they're concentrating on online
ordering: the Folkestone address doesn't appear at all on the TimberClick
I'll drop round there as soon as I can and see what's happening.
I just rang the old Channel Woodcraft number and got diverted to
TimberClick. Apparently the Folkestone yard is now nothing to do with them,
and is just a small one-man operation with limited stock (George Bauer, on
01303 850 231). "TimberClick are virtual only, sir" I was told.
From the Timber Click website: "The buying of timber products is
traditionally somewhat cumbersome and awkward - TimberClick removes the
hassle of having to trapse [sic] round timber yards". Well, nuts to that.
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