I find it difficult to source suitable wood for the projects, as I am sure many do. I generally get builders pine from a local timber merchant which works OK, but has its limitations. I recently made the chest of drawers with this material (which turned out fine but it does tend to warp a bit) but it still cost £100+ for the wood; but i would really like to make some pieces with better quality wood, I was looked at cherry for this project and it was over £500, does this sound right?.
I do have a local timber merchant who has several suitable species but it is expensive and even more so if it is cut to size. Buying “raw” timer and cutting it by hand then planing to size is very time consuming and hard work (though I have done it). My questions are:
1. What are the thoughts on buying a table saw and thicknesser/planer to prepare the timber so that it is ready as per the cut list for a certain project. Does anyone do this? Is this what Paul does? I would love to know; and if so what machines do you use?
2. Where do people get their timber from, I am in the NW (Preston), does anyone know of good timber merchants that will provide wood cut and ready to use? and do my prices above seem about right?
Thanks in advance.
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