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Recommendation for sourcing timber

I need to source 110m of timber (around 50x100m in cross-section). Sawn, planed, pressure-treated timber (which in German is something imprägniert, gehobelt).

Any recommendations for good prices, where they also deliver?
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Old 17.07.2017, 12:02
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Re: Recommendation for sourcing timber

Probably the go-to obvious ones you've already thought about: but places like Obi or Hornbach stock timber, which they'll cut to size. Not sure about delivery but if they supply it, I'm guessing they have some sort of system to get it to you.
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Re: Recommendation for sourcing timber

As a general rule they don't use/have much treated timber (permapine or similar) here, accoya is acid/vinegar treated radiate pine which is good but expensive. It really depends on how exposed to the weather it will be and if the water sits on the timber or gets trapped by joints, Douglasie (Oregon) or Larche is local and good for 10 years. Another option is hardwood, Merbau engineered beams I use for construction under terrace decks might work, it is available in 70 x 90mm and 50 x 70mm here, price is Chf25m less discount and delivery is available.

http://www.kuratlejaecker.ch/vertrieb/#standorte
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Re: Recommendation for sourcing timber

Coop/Migros/Jumbo have some stuff, but their mark up is sometimes brutal.

Try a local building supply, or sawmill.

There probably aren't many places doing their own pressure treating here, but they are often the trade supplier for anything wood in the area, including finishes and adhesives.

The Coop in Regensdorf sells Dachlatten for about 5x what the sawmill 6 minutes away does... and the sawmill delivers (makes a difference if you've got a decent sized project going).
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Re: Recommendation for sourcing timber

If the 110m isn't a typo I'd contact a "Sägerei" directly. Perhaps try one across the border as well (where it's probably called "Sägewerk").
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Re: Recommendation for sourcing timber

Bauhaus is good, too, but Hornbach has slightly better prices. Germany may have even better prices (Hornbach or Bauhaus, both are in ca. 1:20 hour drive from Zurich) . Assortment and prices should be available online.
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Re: Recommendation for sourcing timber

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I need to source 110m of timber (around 50x100m in cross-section)
What are you going to built, an Ark?

You will really drain the market of Gopher wood, considering it is half of the annual Swiss timber production (hardsoft and softwood).
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What are you going to built, an Ark?

You will really drain the market of Gopher wood, considering it is half of the annual Swiss timber production (hardsoft and softwood).
He he. I meant 50x100mm The 110m stands though. It's for theatre set construction. Though why our technical director is insisting on pressure treated wood I don't really know - as others have confirmed what I thought, that it is for outside use.
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Re: Recommendation for sourcing timber

http://www.impraegnierwerk.ch/files/...te_5_BR_KH.pdf


Maybe something like above might work, spruce/fir, 60x80, CHF 7.80/m ?

They're in Willisau, however. Perhaps there's a similar firm near Basel.
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He he. I meant 50x100mm The 110m stands though. It's for theatre set construction. Though why our technical director is insisting on pressure treated wood I don't really know - as others have confirmed what I thought, that it is for outside use.
If it is for internal use no need at all for treated timber. Although in the UK they would insist on it being fire repellent treated. I doubt they do here though.
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If it is for internal use no need at all for treated timber. Although in the UK they would insist on it being fire repellent treated. I doubt they do here though.
That might be the thinking. Once built we keep these things for years.
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Re: Recommendation for sourcing timber

In the end we order untreated, but planed wood, cut to the sizes we require, from Meier Holz AG, Zeglingen. 540CHF, including MWST and delivery at a convenient time.
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Re: Recommendation for sourcing timber

You can get some (limited) flame retardency by soaking wood (or most any natural fiber) with a Borax solution.

If you add Copper Sulphate, or Boric acid, it will also suffer less from mould and insect problems.

Check that the Borax etc. doesn't negatively affect any surface finish you're planning, and if you're going to use a natural oil like linseed, then skip the Borax... Adding a flammable oil/resin will negate the flame retardant property that the Borax would add.
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