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Old 20-03-2011, 06:55 PM
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If you really want a good timber to work with for your furniture then the best is Jelutong and is what most of the skirting and coving etc that you get at the fairs is made with. It's a hardwood with no perceptable grain so is incredibly fine textured and straight. Obeche is similar and is slightly more widely available.

The best person to get it from is Wood supplies Wood Supplies - Home Page and he's normally at Miniatura for those going tomorrow though I've just bought from him mail order.

J&A Supplies also sell Jelutong and a few other timbers and they're often at fairs too. They have less of a range though.

For shelving I would recommend a minimum thickness of 1/8" thick. Anything less and It'll be too bendy. 1/16th" for the back would be ok.

If you want cheap you can use lollypop sticks or coffee stirrers though the wood isn't great quality. Depends what you want.

Basswood is a bit woolly for me and it seems to be incredibly expensive from Hobbycraft but if your stuck then it's fine to use. Pretty easy to cut etc.

I've used pine from B&Q but watch for it being straight. They tend to make it up from pieces and splice it but you can't fault it for being cheap given the length you get.
Can I ask a quick question is Jelutong and Obeche as easy to cut with a stanley knife as Basswood is ???
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Old 20-03-2011, 08:43 PM
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I haven't used Jelutong or basswood, but obeche can be cut with a stanley knife - easier in several passes if it is thick.
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I've not tried it but they are similar densities to basswood so it may well be ok. I tend to cut everything with a bandsaw these days but used to use a fine toothed hand saw previously.
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I use any type of wood I can get hold of, card can be quite useful too.
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Old 21-03-2011, 10:26 AM
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I've just ordered some wood from this company:

Dollhouse DIY Home
DIY 1/12 - Doors

Hopefully it will be what I need and will let you all know when it arrives
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Old 21-03-2011, 11:07 AM
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I've just ordered some wood from this company:

Dollhouse DIY Home
DIY 1/12 - Doors

Hopefully it will be what I need and will let you all know when it arrives
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That looks a good supplier, quick question which is 1/8th inch and 1/16th
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You must be young if you dont know inchesim no good with mm
1/16 inch is 1 1/2 mm approx.
1/8 inch is 3mm approx.
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Old 21-03-2011, 07:12 PM
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You must be young if you dont know inchesim no good with mm
1/16 inch is 1 1/2 mm approx.
1/8 inch is 3mm approx.
Oooh Debworth you have made my day, its more like I'm old rather than young in that I can't convert Just trying to work out how to order in MM since it seems to be 2mm or 4mm
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Old 22-03-2011, 08:01 AM
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Oooh Debworth you have made my day, its more like I'm old rather than young in that I can't convert Just trying to work out how to order in MM since it seems to be 2mm or 4mm
I was sat with a tape measure while ordering my wood I suppose it depends on what you want to build. As I want to make a table 2 of the pieces I ordered are 10mm thick. The rest I ordered in different sizes to get a feel for it, plus I ordered 2 different types of wood.

If I am really lucky it will come today and I can let you all know what it is like.
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Oooh Debworth you have made my day, its more like I'm old rather than young in that I can't convert Just trying to work out how to order in MM since it seems to be 2mm or 4mm
oh, ok got the wrong end of the stick.You just made me think of a youngster I once worked with, she asked me what was inches, i was surprised she didnt know, then I thought, im never sure on mm and cm im learning though,my huddy is more metric than me so I need to know.
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