I went early to the DIY stores to get some wood only to find that nearly all the planed timber sizes are now different from the last time l shopped for wood there.
By midday the car parks of some places were busy again with long queues of punters waiting to enter..........so l went all professional and ordered via Cheltenham’s local trade favourite builders merchants. You have to pre-order, pay and book a slot for collection. More pricy, but they are generally better quality ‘red wood’ rather than sift and sort bendy wood variety found in the Dum it Yourself stores.
Imagine my dismay at finding the stack of ‘best’ 4 x 1 timber put aside for me was only 20mm thick!
“well that’s how it comes from the planer’s, it’s nominally 1 inch! “, they said. Well in my book an inch is an inch and 20mm is only 3/4 inches. I expect that they can cut and sell shed loads more planks per tree and all at the same price as 25.4mm!
l want and need it to be ‘1’ inch no less.
They suggested that l buy 32mm thick planks and plane them down to an inch, but they don’t have a planer anymore typically. Meaning l would have to pay for the thicker wood and for someone else to plane it!
I declined the order and got a refund via my card until further notice, but l will try to avoid going back meaning a trip to a Gloucester specialist timber yard who do seasoned timber! Hopefully l can tie it in with a visit to Chris Mullins my preferred Buell tyre fitter!