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Hi all.

I recently (yesterday?) saw a suggested supplier for Birch Ply; the poster said it was the best he'd seen (I think) and also mentioned the supplier, which actually suggested a plastics supplier by the company name/web link(?).  They may also have cut it to his requirements and delivered it to him also.

But now I've lost the original post, and can't remember the supplier name (they may have been in the SE England). :banghead:

Does this ring any bells please?  Maybe you posted it?

Thanks

Brian

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Thanks Gordon - that was the name of the company.  But at those prices?  No thanks...:lol:

I don't have an immediate need - I was just going to look them up, based on the recommendation and if suitable I'd bookmark them for future reference.

No need to bookmark this one I think! :wink_mini:

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I went to a timber yard  and got my birch 9 ply board.  The sheet size was 8ft by 4ft  Got them to cut them down. That was 10 years back cost per sheet was £38.00 then. 

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13 hours ago, polybear said:

Hi all.

I recently (yesterday?) saw a suggested supplier for Birch Ply; the poster said it was the best he'd seen (I think) and also mentioned the supplier, which actually suggested a plastics supplier by the company name/web link(?).  They may also have cut it to his requirements and delivered it to him also.

But now I've lost the original post, and can't remember the supplier name (they may have been in the SE England). :banghead:

Does this ring any bells please?  Maybe you posted it?

Thanks

Brian

 

11 hours ago, Harlequin said:

Have a search through Teaky’s Attic for his recommendation.

 

 

I bought from (website not working just at the moment):  https://www.johnsonstimber.co.uk/

 

Ply actually came from:  https://www.lathamtimber.co.uk/products/panels/plywood/birch-plywood/birch-plywood-specifications

 

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The website is OK but not secure.  Your link has https......
 

http://www.johnsonstimber.co.uk

 

If it helps I get all my ply from Travis Perkins. I have a trade cash account and generally pay £28.30 inc VAT for 2440 x 1220 x12mm sheets. Quality is fine, but I can pick my own sheets in the yard.

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Any good timber merchant will be able to order it in and should do the basic cuts for free. Try and avoid  DIY stores and general builder's suppliers unless you really know what you are looking for. I paid around £45 / sheet for Houghton Street about six years ago. I would be cautious about anything much cheaper

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I use Ipswich Plastics, a local company who supply kitchen and bathroom installers, etc. I They sell birch ply in various thicknesses and provide a cutting service (priced per cut). I was therefore able to give them "cutting" drawings and got a series of pieces to make baseboard "kits". I can't recall the prices but I though them quite reasonable and considerably less than buying a laser cut baseboards.

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But rubbish stuff in the thinner sheets, compared to the birch plywood available from the more specialist suppliers. I built the baseboards for an exhibition exhibition layout in 4mm and 6mm birch ply which proved to be very stable. The design was effectively based on Barry Normans techniques he used for his layout Petherick and described in  his book Landscape Modelling.

 

The tops are 6mm ply, the girders and cross beams are 4mm ply, the end plates  18mm laminated from three pieces of 6mm (to take the alignment dowels and coach bolts. The outside faces of the long girders extend above the top to provide support for the scenic retaining walls.

 

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1 hour ago, Graham Radish said:

B&Q do the first 20 cuts for free

 

My local B&Q Warehouse store is currently only offering 4 cuts, with no option for more by paying.  As to whether this rule will be dropped after covid is anyone's guess.

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1 hour ago, polybear said:

 

My local B&Q Warehouse store is currently only offering 4 cuts, with no option for more by paying.  As to whether this rule will be dropped after covid is anyone's guess.

I noticed that. It might be worth the journey to the proper timber merchant as, like for like, the prices are very similar.

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Check the quality though as what I’ve seen in B & Q left a lot to be desired. Compromising quality of your baseboard to save a few bob at the front end really is asking for problems. Your baseboard is the foundation to everything.
 

Get that wrong and you’ll forever have running issues, derailments and couplings coming apart.

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2 hours ago, gordon s said:

Check the quality though as what I’ve seen in B & Q left a lot to be desired. Compromising quality of your baseboard to save a few bob at the front end really is asking for problems. Your baseboard is the foundation to everything.
 

Get that wrong and you’ll forever have running issues, derailments and couplings coming apart.

 

Thanks Gordon; my reference to B&Q was purely with respect to how many free cuts they offer now - I purchased some ply there recently for a non-visible part of my kitchen refurb.  Anything that requires decent timber means a proper timber yard; I learnt long ago that a straight bit of wood (if you can find one!) in one of the sheds looks like a propeller by the time you've got it home....

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You might want to have a look on ebay for some desks, i use 2 of these screwed together for my n gauge layout, they are metal framed with height adjustment screws on the legs, theyre very strong tables with perfect loco running noise rejection, the top is 30mm thick, could save a lot of headaches:

 

Just a suggestion hope it helps someone.

 

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