Just wanted to find out if any of you knew a place in Birmingham where I could buy rough sawn soft wood? I can only find the planed all round variety and I wanted to see what price difference there would be between the two.
Any timber merchant will have sawn whitewood, try the likes of Travis Perkins in Birmingham. Or for a greater selection of species you could try the likes of James Latham, they have a place in Dudley. If you are new to joinery and timber merchants etc. Lathams may look a bit intimidating, don’t worry, they are easy to deal with. 18 months ago I bought enough western red cedar (WRC) from their Scottish depot to build a 16ft long strip plank canoe, and then I bought some sapele to make an oversized front door, all sawn timber. I didn’t need a trade account or anything. The soft woods Lathams have are: WRC, Southern yellow pine, Quebec yellow pine, pacific cost hemlock, clear Douglas fir, European Redwood (Pine/Scots Pine) and European Whitewood (Deal/Norway Spruce). If you look on their website you will see the sizes available, but not prices. They have only ever quoted prices to me in cubic meters. For hardwoods I would expect to pay £1300 – £1500 per cubic meter. Softwoods should be a bit cheaper, though my WRC was about £1490 per cubic meter. If you go to the likes of Lathams you might be getting “green” timber, i.e. it is pretty much straight from the forest and needs drying.