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Dan Millard22/08/2010 12:51:20
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I'm new to the forums and new to woodwork in general but have started building a floor to ceiling bookshelf, similar to this project:
I've largely built the frame but I'm not sure what wood to use for the outer of it and where to source it from.  The rest of the room is in mid to deep browns so I'd like something like an oak colour finish, be that by staining or using a hardwood.
In the B&D project they use oak plywood and oak for the frame but I've tried local building merchants and they don't have much like this - largely only PSE redwood to a maximum width of 225mm (and I'd like it to be deeper than this), or plywood boards.
What options do I have in terms of the type of wood to use to ensure I get the strength and finish, and where should I source it from?

Edited By sparky on 22/08/2010 18:41:26

Big Al22/08/2010 13:28:40
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Firstly you haven't made your profile public. In order to help you it help's if I (or anyone else on this forum) knows what country you live in, and in what county/state/province you live in. Without this information it's almost impossible to answer your question concerning where to buy your timber from.
Timber widths larger than 225mm (9") are available in hardwoods, usually widths over this size cost more. Another option would be to join boards together to obtain the width that you would require.
Oak would need to be stained to achieve a mid to deep brown. Alternatively you could use american cherry or walnut as neither of these 2 timbers would need staining.

Edited By Big Al on 22/08/2010 13:29:49

Dan Millard22/08/2010 14:25:55
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Sorry didn't realise I needed to make it public - should be now!  I'm in Swindon in the UK.
Big Al22/08/2010 18:35:19
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What a small world, I too am in Swindon, for hardwoods around swindon you could try jewsons in kembrey park, they stocked oak, ash and meranti the last time I went there.
Vastern timber company, at wootton bassett deal with british hardwoods and will prepare your timber to a cutting list. Too find them go through bassett and out the other side going towards lynham. Just as you come out of bassett, going over the railway line, just as you start going up the hill they are just off the main road on the right hand side.
Sparky22/08/2010 18:49:34
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Hi Dan and welcome to this site's forum.
You may need to fill in your profile now you'e made it public.......its easy to do.
If you need help, follow this link ►► here ◄◄ then click on the first image and continue from there....
Dan Millard22/08/2010 18:51:26
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Thanks!  I tried Kellaway down at Kembrey Park should have looked in Jewsons while I was there.  I'll try those two and see where I get!

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