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Old 19-03-2011, 09:14 AM
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I'd really like to make some of my own furniture for my dolls house and was wondering what would be the best type of wood to use? Balsa wood just does not seem to fit the bill, so was wondering what other people use or recommend?

I'm looking at building large bookcases with ladders, kitchen table, beds etc and want a wood I can stain and paint. I am sat here looking at all the trees surrounding my home, but hubby thinks chopping a few down for me to build with is a little extreme

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Old 19-03-2011, 10:23 AM
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We buy all our wood from the fairs or DH shops, no idea what it is mind you, I leave all that to Steve! lol
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Old 19-03-2011, 10:27 AM
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I use whatever I can get my hands on, but can recommend the DHE range of timbers for nice tight grains and straightness.
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Old 19-03-2011, 10:53 AM
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For the shelving in the pet shop i used pine strip wood from b n q. They have loads of mouldings and strip wood suitable for dolls housing and it tends to work out cheaper as you get large bits.
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Old 19-03-2011, 01:22 PM
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i have used B & Q but mostly i buy basswood from hobbycraft, purel because i can go and buy what i want rather than waiting for delivery, i am hoping to start stocking up via DHE selection after the wallet, credit cards, bank balance and my purse have all recovered from miniatura tomorrow.

I have found that 1/32 inch thick is the thinnest that works but is a little bendy for shelving unless they are short, but it can be cut with scissors, so long as you dont mind runing the scissors. its great for adding backs to shelves and stuff. the 1/16th is what i always try to buy, its fairly easy to cut through with a craft knife or saw and is nice and rigid and in scale looking. the 1/8 inch is very sturdy but i try not to use this because it always needs cutting with a saw and i prefer the more acurate cuts i get with a knife
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Old 19-03-2011, 02:58 PM
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I've used wood from B&Q before for coving and skirting.....but I'll be looking for something tomorrow at the NEC, that's suitable to make furniture with.....so I'll be asking the same question....
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Old 19-03-2011, 05:32 PM
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Hi Basswood is a good wood to make furniture with is also what a lot of the smaller scale houses are made from. Think you can get different thicknesses I got mine from Hobby Craft when I went on a coach trip there.
Like the others though I do make use of B&Q for mouldings.
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If you got a model shop near you they sell good strips of wood thats used for the model airplanes. Do you go to Norwich, theres a good little model shop there with reasonable priced wood.Or Ravinghem have a hobbystore, they sell it.Did you know theres a hobbycraft opened recently in Norwich,opposite morrisons at riverside.I find them expensive though.I use thin plywood alot of the time, not a very good edge on it though if you plan on staining it alright if your painting it.
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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.
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Old 20-03-2011, 10:16 AM
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Thanks for all the advice

We do go to Norwich sometimes, but the problem with many little shops is they don't have good wheelchair access. Hobbycraft has an online store where i Looked and could not find what I wanted. Have to look at the other place as not sure where it is.

I want the furniture to be good quality wood as this project is very special to me. Not that I would ever knock lolly pop sticks as my son made and amazing crossbow out of them. He did it all from his head and it fires a bolt a long way and shocks everyone

I've seen Jelutong advertised, but knew nothing about it. Looks like that is the way to go though, so will see what sizes I can get. Pine I will look for in B&Q now, as well as edgings.

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