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    • CommentAuthordelprado
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2017
     
    I just got a quote from a local merchant for a 4.2m length in 50mm x 150mm and was quoted £67.50 + VAT each!!

    A generic C24 softwood is £11.55 + VAT
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2017
     
    Try local sawmill, local timber source
    • CommentAuthordelprado
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2017
     
    Thanks Tom.

    What do you mean by that term? The place I tried was here

    http://www.christchurchtimber.co.uk
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2017 edited
     
    Looks like a builders merchant-type operation, imported commodity stuff. They say

    We are primarily set up to supply a good standard of timber (softwood and hardwood) and sheet materials ...

    On site facility

    1. Re Sawn
    2. Stress Grading ( Trada Registered )
    3. Planing
    4. Panel Cutting

    I had in mind something more earthy e.g. http://www.culversawmills.com/sawn-round-timber/3088065
    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2017
     
    I talked to a local-to-me sawmill [¹] about Douglas Fir for my main 150x150 posts. Their rule of thumb was (a couple of years ago) £750/m³ plus a bit if there's a lot of cutting or other hassle. That'd be about £24 for each of your pieces. Plus VAT, of course.

    Lack of structural grading put me off.

    [¹] http://cromartietimber.co.uk/
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2017
     
    Might be that the length is an issue for some suppliers. Shop around as a quick looks suggests prices vary a lot. Haggle. Offer to collect it etc.

    £36 per cubic foot +Vat for sawn (+10% if under £200).
    http://timberplus.co.uk/timber/

    £40 +Vat per cubic foot..
    http://www.fortimber.demon.co.uk/redwood.htm

    £12 +Vat per cubic foot..
    http://www.whitneysawmills.co.uk/prices/

    £16 Air dried, £20 kiln dried per square foot..
    http://realwoodstudios.com/wood-sales/price-list/
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2017
     
    when were those last 2 websites updated?
  1.  
    Agree prices can be crazy. Our first commissioned TF bldg started just under 10 yrs ago. DF was prohibitive.

    I cannot remember the name, but the mill that CAT use for their TF courses (mid-N. Wales) was good for price, I believe.
    • CommentAuthorcjard
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2017
     
    Use I joists instead?
    • CommentAuthorcjard
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2017
     
    Posted By: fostertomwhen were those last 2 websites updated?


    If you click "cheap native timber packs" you reach a page that says "posted 15 April 2015"
    • CommentAuthordelprado
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2017
     
    So if you dont want to use random c24 softwood is there any other alternative?
    • CommentAuthorcjard
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2017
     
    How many do you need?
    • CommentAuthordelprado
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2017
     
    Right now only two lengths!
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