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    Where to find hardwood panels?

    I've been tasked by the in-laws to try and repair a couple of old (possibly antique) cabinets and need some wood to replace a few panels and drawer sides.
    Unfortunately I've no idea which woods were used, but they're definitely hardwood. Colur looks to be something like European oak/ash/elm, American red elm, perhaps even a walnut. I could possibly stain the wood, if needs be.

    Here's the real problem - I need five or six panels, each about 450mm x 240mm - ideally 15mm thickness.

    I have some experience with DIY, but simply do not have the equipment for joining boards or thickness/planing on this scale myself.

    Obviously furniture and cabinet and jewelry box makers get their wood from somewhere...
    Does anyone know where I'd find such a thing?


    Thanks.

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    Re: Where to find hardwood panels?

    I'll say some hardwood pallet panels would sound perfect. I've boarded my whole loft using only pallets (both for spacers and for panels).

    But I could definitely see a problem with the with the with of the panels- most EU pallets carry 150mm wide panels max. Can't you borrow or buy some t-bar clamps?

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    Re: Where to find hardwood panels?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonebreaker777 View Post
    I'll say some hardwood pallet panels would sound perfect. I've boarded my whole loft using only pallets (both for spacers and for panels).

    But I could definitely see a problem with the with the with of the panels- most EU pallets carry 150mm wide panels max. Can't you borrow or buy some t-bar clamps?
    I think most pallets are made with softwoods (much cheaper than hardwood)
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    Re: Where to find hardwood panels?

    I used to use local saw mills that were mainly set up for flooring. I took a look, and one is now a Jewson's and the other is now the M40 Beaconsfield service area.

    There has to be something similar still in existence near Reading.

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    Re: Where to find hardwood panels?

    You are not going to find the rarer hardwoods at any old DIY store, you need a specialist supplier.

    http://www.goodtimber.com

    http://www.exotichardwoods.co.uk

    http://quest42.co.uk/woodwork/html/ws.html

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    Re: Where to find hardwood panels?

    Can you post any photos of the timber? I might be able to identify them for you. I worked at a saw mill for 4 years.

    If you need things cut to size, these guys are good. My old company.

    www.toolsandtimber.co.uk

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