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  1. OK so finishing up my kitchen plan at the mo. Costs are as ever a focus, and as much as I'll likely just be going to Howdens for the cabinets, doors, and standard worktops, I also need a 2m breakfast bar in something hardwood. I'm not convinced Howden's product is brilliant in price (or maybe even quality?). Do the collective have any local recommendations for a 2m x 950 x 40mm butchers block? I see a couple of the GB suppliers are happy to courier and for almost reasonable money but would be worried that it's unlikely to arrive in good shape...
  2. Does anyone recommend a good spray can protection for some old oak beams that exists in my barn conversion project. They are approx 150yrs old and are located alongside new window lintels. Because they have been exposed to the elements for a bit of time they are showing signs of a bit of mould which I'm sure will just brush off with a wire brush but I wanted to see if there any suggestions to just treat the oak to protect it.
  3. I'm really torn over what to choose. The original plan for my timber trusses was a softwood of which I have structural calculations already done but I recently changed my idea to make it in Oak instead but I'm really doubting my decision. Not only are the truss makers insisting a set of new structural calcs for oak but I'm thinking for the extra expense, could I find a softwood that could be treated or aged to look like oak? Thoughts?
  4. Our stairs is nothing fancy, a standard Stairbox product with oak treads and handrail (which I would prefer to leave unpainted) and softwood risers and balustrade (to be soon painted white). Can't decide on the treatment for the oak treads - they clearly need some sort of varnish (or oil?..) to be dirt-resistant but keep the natural wood look. Got 3x samples of some hardwax oil (??) from Stairbox, can't tell the difference between the samples we painted. Not sure it's the right product. Never before had any experience with natural wood treatment, so am at a loss. Help, please...
  5. Hi. I've had some old oak beams out in the garden for the best part of a year while my house was being renovated. I'd like to bring some of them inside to use in consttructing a bookcase. Obviously they've been exposed to a lot of rain, bugs etc. Is it going to be possible to use them and if so how should I prep them and how long before I could actually use them? Haven't a clue! Thanks for any advice.
  6. The main bit of our house is just under 11m long and therefore the purlins (200x100mm green oak) aren't going to be single lengths as 11m+ oak isn't easy to come by. So given I'll be using a couple of lengths where should I scarf them together? Close to one of the four trusses? In the middle?
  7. Hey all, My architect specified larch. I'm less than sure - it doesn't seem that durable (5 -> 10 years). What's the "best" cladding? by that I mean last the longest and require little or no maintenance? My architect tends to add sometimes 'pretty' features (like timber framed windows); but doesn't think of the practicalness or maintenance - I guess he likes timber Cheers
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