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I thought I'd start this topic for places to get wood for our Australian members.

 

The one I have used previously is Trend Timbers. They have a great selection of many different local, imported and exotic timbers. Their staff is very helpful even though I felt I may have been wasting their time with my minor needs.

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On the other side of Sydney is Anagote Timbers of 144 Renwick Street, Marrickville.  I've purchased timber from them and found them to be very friendly and helpful to people like us who only want very small quantities.

 

John

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I actually discovered Modelers Shipyard http://www.modelshipyard.com.au/

Hobby Mill here in the US was shut down for their winter holiday so I need to get my wood from somewhere else. I found the people at the Shipyard extremely helpful, and they have a wide variety of wood in stock in varying lengths and thicknesses.

They do ship internationally as well, you will pay an extra $30 USD for the shipping, but for me, I chose to do that rather than wait until mid March to begin my build.

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Hi folks,

 

If you are a scratch builder, or like to make your own stock timber, then Australian Furnture Timbers in Port Melbourne are also helpful and will allow you to purchase 1 meter lengths.  You will need to be able to resaw/mill the large planks into billets yourself (or find someone to do this service for you).  They have a wide range of timbers and the staff have always been very helpful (no financial interest etc; just a happy customer :))

 

cheers

 

Pat

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I also use Modellers Shipyard but have found that Cornwall Model Boats in England have a huge range of timber planks and strips in differing species. Their website is http://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/acatalog/ship_fittings.html  

They will cut the timber to 500mm lengths unless you pay about $30 for a courier to deliver it in the original 1m length. That's not so bad if you order a number of planks and strips in one order.

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Was in Tasmania recently and while at Strahan on the west coast went to see  these blokes:

 

http://www.tasmanianspecialtimbers.com.au/index.php

 

They have timber slabs and offcuts of Huon Pine, King Billy Pine, Celery Top pine and other specialty timbers. I ended up buying various off cuts, then walking the 100 metres down the road to the post office and posting them home to myself.  Got about 1.2 linear metres worth of offcuts  of Huon and King Billy pine for  around $40, plus a few bucks postage.

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An update, recently went to AFT (post 4) only to find that they had shut down - yet another timber source gone :(

 

cheers

 

Pat

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Hi guys.

I would like to buy a plank of pearwood but it seems a hard to get commodity here in Australia.

My questions specifically would be as follows.

1 Is English pearwood available in Oz?

2 If not, then can I legally have some sent from the UK ? Bearing in mind The Australian government are not keen on importing untreated raw wood because of infestation.

3. If I cannot get the Pear wood  what would be the next best thing that is like it to work and the colour that is available here in Oz?

If there is an Oz equivelant could you be kind enough to post a pic of what it looks like?

Many thanks.

Pete

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Pete,

 

I very much doubt that pearwood would be available here in Oz, but importing it shouldn't be a problem so long as you're getting it from a recognised professional timber supplier.

 

John

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You might check with these folks:  

 

Hearne Hardwoods

 

They seem to deal in large pieces, but maybe they would work something out with you on smaller pieces..

 

Here is a US dealer that might ship to Australia:

 

Cook Woods

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Peter, I googled this wood supplier in Sydney, they say that Pear is “coming soon” but they seem to carry a wood that I have used in place of pear - it has tight grain, is similar in color, mills and finishes very well and is much cheaper per board foot. It is called Makore - here is their web address:

https://www.masterwoodturning.com.au/joinery-species-qmq.html

hope that helps a little? Also I think Myrtle is indigenous to Australia and it would be a wonderful substitute for pear wood.....

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Pete,

 

I've never had to import wood, so I'm not sure.  You might check the web sites of our forum sponsors, though.  They're all professional outfits and should be OK.

 

John

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Thanks for all your kind responses.

I think the down line for pear wood in Oz is a big fat Zero.

Sohhh....

I rang up Sydney re Makore and they do not have any nor Myrtle.

Well I have worked quite a lot with camphor wood and in fact made a ukulele out of it which sounds pretty good too. So I cut up a test piece 15mm x 2mm thick and wiped over a very diluted layer if French polish.

If I use it I think I will opt for a waxed finish.

I got out my Australian built Japanese planing board and plane and shaved up a test plank.

I will be following Nils's Zeeboot build very closely so as to avoid failure.

His pear planks were 15mm 12mm thick.

So Campfor wood for me here in Oz is not a problem .

I can get a huge plank from Ol mate down the road.

I think it looks okay and it works beautifully.

Smells gorgeous too but not if you are an insect.

So what do you think of Campfor wood to plank a 

Boat?

Pete

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A nice colour, Pete, but perhaps a bit grainy?  Are you able to get your hands on any privet locally?  It has a beautiful pale colour and very fine grain.  If you check one of my build logs you can see what it looks like on a model.

 

John

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I am a complete *** when it comes to things like this as I just do not know who to ask.

When I Google Privet suppliers in Australia everyone wants to sell me a hedge or more bizarrely a radio controlled Drone!!!!

Duh!!!!

I agree with you though on the campfor.

Too grainy.

Pity

Pete

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Sorry, Pete - I should have mentioned - Privet isn't available commercially, but when you said you were using Camphor I assumed you had access to private supplies.

 

John

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Here in OZ you only need:

Huon pine.

Murray pine. Every bunnings store has this. colour from creamy to almost black. Densest softwood on the planet. Awesome stuff.

Photinia Robusta, the most common hedging here, and it beats box and pear for turning and carving. You will have to age it yourself.  your Microwave oven is good for this.

NZ Kauri. still available even if you have to smash up old furniture.

Cellery top and King billy pine is also good.

Old farm cypress is also plentiful. A bit like NZ Kauri. (timber recyclers love this stuff)

Western Red Cedar is easily obtained and is good if a close grained bit can be found.

 

Allan

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Than Kim s for that Allan.

The Photinia Robusta sounds good.

But I would not know where to start to find it.

Any ideas please?

I have loads of Western red cedar but I was after a lighter colored wood.

I assume that the building trade pine in Bunnings is actually Huon pine then?

Thanks for all your info.

It has given me more hope.

There is enough good Oz wood around it's just locating it being my problem.

Pete

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1 hour ago, Peter Cane said:

I assume that the building trade pine in Bunnings is actually Huon pine then?

Nope. Almost certainly radiata pine - a pretty inferior timber also known as Monterey pine, originated in America but has become the most common building timber in Oz.

 

Where do you live, Peter? In Ballarat, where I am, a lot of people have fruit trees. The people either side of us both have pear trees, and I've been able to get smallish branches from them when they trim the trees. I also follow the Council tree loppers around and have got hold of plane, ash, elm, oak and walnut (the last one was from the neighbour's tree which died - score!) You might be able to get in touch with commercial tree loppers and see if you can get pear wood from them. Only problem is that you'd then have to wait for it to season - about 12 months for each 25mm thickness.

 

How much do you need? And in what sizes?

 

Steven  

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Hello Steven.

My plan is to build a Zeesboot the same as Nils.

He has used pear wood for the strakes to plank the sides.

I have not counted them but there appears to be about eight each side 15x 2x 500.

Then I would need enough to plank the decking.

I am busy building Bluenose at the moment so I can wait for wood to season.

It is a good idea to scout around for tree loppers.

It is this kind of lead I need as I dont possess much common sense!!

If I manage to find any, do I cut the log into slices  seal the ends with beeswax and stack them between runners so the air gets to them or just leave the log as is?

I have never done wood seasoning before so all new to me.

I am in Narangba near Brisbane. Queensland 4504.

Pete

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3 hours ago, Peter Cane said:

I assume that the building trade pine in Bunnings is actually Huon pine then?

Hi Pete.

The stuff Bunnings have is Murray pine. Australian native pine. Usually sold as decking, fence pickets, and fence posts.

Huon, King billy and celery top are harder to find but it is around.

Here also:

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/5-kg-pack-of-HUON-PINE-Turning-Blanks/163854226854?hash=item26267915a6:g:0eMAAOSwQTNddh-u

Photinia: see here: 

Regarding seasoning: Cut pieces to about 600mm long and just store in a dry place.

For small sections you can "season" it in a microwave. Google "wood seasoning in a microwave"

 

Regards

Allan

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