Where to Buy Furniture Grade Timber in Melbourne?
- Be prepared – confidence comes from being prepared, this means doing your research before the big date, identify the timber specifics within your product; colour, budget, density/weight and machine accessibility, these elements will reduce the number of timber types and assist in your choice. Also remember to take a tape measure and either a block plane or spoke shave,
- Cutting list – while this isn’t mandatory, it will streamline your visit and make it easier for you to focus on selecting the boards, rather than fumbling with numbers in your head. Remember to be flexible within your cutting list as stock availability is unpredictable and is constantly changing, which might mean you will need to think on your feet.
- Choosing your boards – each board is unique and needs to be inspected before purchase, as you are purchasing per meter, it is ideal to get timber of good quality, that is straight and without defects.
- View each board by eyeing down the edge and face from one end, to identify; ‘cupping’, ‘twisting’ or ‘bowing’. Then look for; ‘knots’, ‘shakes’, ‘packing marks’ and anything else that reduces the quantity/quality of usable stock. Lastly inspect ends for ‘checking’, this is pretty common, however excessive ‘checking’ should be avoided.
- Keep it neat – to ensure that you maintain a good relationship with the staff at the timber yard; don’t place timber faces on the ground, either stand on their end or use ‘saw horses’ available and lastly, restack unwanted boards back in correct section neatly, with numbers facing outwards. ……………… READ MORE HERE
TIMBER SUPPLIERS IN MELBOURNE:
“At Mathews Timber we believe in creating modern day timber experiences. No job too large, Mathews Timber can handle any size project. We have a display located at our head quarters for you to experience the quality of our timbers first hand”.
NOTES: A clean and ordered timber yard, providing a good selection of furniture timbers. You may occasionally find the odd exotic/figured timber, but its success is its consistency in the supply of good quality timber staples. Open 7:30 – 4:15 Monday – Friday and 7.30 – 11.30 Saturday morning.
Address: 41-43 Rushdale St, Knoxfield 3180
“Britton Timbers is a diversified Australian company with interests in timber harvesting, sawmilling, international timber import and export, and distribution. The Britton name has been synonymous with quality timber and outstanding customer service for more than 100 years. From humble beginnings in Tasmania’s timber-rich north-west coast, Britton Timbers has grown to become Australia’s largest importer of sustainably-produced exotic hardwoods and the preferred source for premium Tasmanian timbers”.
NOTES: Doesn’t allow customers to choose their own boards from a pack, instead charging a 10% sorting fee. Offers a rather expensive delivery of $120 – $150 depending on where it is being delivered.
Address: 25 Gaine Road, Dandenong 3175
“Simply Oregon, the leading retail supplier of Cut to Size (Douglas Fir) Oregon. The vast majority of our Oregon comes from Canada and occasionally we have a small of amount of American. Oregon has long been recognised throughout Canada and the United States as one of the strongest softwoods on the market. It has a reputation as an excellent all-purpose wood of great dependability and appearance”.
Address: 20-22 Tatterson Road, Dandenong South, Victoria
“Established in 1905, A. Lewis & Co. was founded by Abe Lewis and continues to this day within the confides of the very same family through his third, fourth and fifth generation descendants. Putting over 100 years into our quality timber products, we have kept our position and incorporated hardware sales onto our premises to satisfy those DIY needs as well as the construction professionals.”
Address: 302 – 308 Jasper Road, Ormond, Victoria
“Offers a full range of American hardwoods, imported and stocked, including White Oak, Black Walnut, Cherry, Rock Maple, White Ash, Red Oak, Hickory, Elm, Sycamore and Tulipwood.”
Address: 14 Duffy Street, Burwood. Victoria 3125 Australia.
- Timber Lord
“Stocking packs of the following: American oak, American Ash, American Walnut, American Maple, American Cherry, both American/European beech, Bubinga, Zebrano, Wenge, Jelutong, Amour, Purpleheart, White Beech, Tasmanian Oak, Victorian Ash Kalantas/Red Cedar and many others.”
No website, contact Anthony on 0411640658
Address: Somewhere in Port Melbourne.
GETTING IT SHIPPED IN (suppliers outside of Melbourne):
“The Woodage is committed to providing timbers that come from environmentally friendly sources and stocks timbers from FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified forests, plantations and salvaged logs. Liaisons with FSC, Greenpeace and The World Wide Fund for Nature have given The Woodage “the sawing edge” in timber supply, with a range of wonderful species available for almost any building purpose”.
NOTES: Despite being in NSW, The Woodage can ship orders to Melbourne for around $60 (depending on qty and drop off address).
Address: Factory 235-239 Old Hume Hwy, Mittagong, NSW 2575.
Supplies a range of Australian and exotic timbers and a range of wood working machinery, wood working tools, finishes & glues, project parts. Get some great advice from the team with almost 100 years combined experience in timber and wood work.
Address: 15 Railway Road, North Mulgrave, NSW 2756
“The premier suppliers of timber flooring Canberra ACT and surrounds. In addition, we carry a range of approximately 80 species of cabinet timbers. In addition we have more than twenty species of flooring timber as well as a range of timber decking always in stock.
Catering for both Professional as well as Hobbyists, we can supply all your timber needs. Be it bowl turning blanks, specialist woodworking timbers (e.g. fiddlebacks) structural hardwoods or engineered timbers, we supply them all”.
Address: 16-20 Kealman Road, Letchworth Queanbeyan, NSW. 2620
This is a growing resource for furniture makers and woodworkers. I have taken overview information from company websites directly, for more information on each individual timber supplier, follow the links provided to their respective websites.
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