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Rough Sawn vs Planed Timber – What do I go for?

Ever thought you wanted sawn timber when really you needed planed? Don’t worry, we are here to help you choose the correct finish for your timber and explain the key differences between the two!

What is the finish?

Rough sawn timber is when the sides and edges are not smooth, if you run your hands across the timber you will feel a coarse texture and most likely get splinters. Planed all round, however, means that all the wood surfaces have been planed this means that the timber has been brought to a uniform level which is smooth and ready to be worked on or presented.

What is the size?

Rough sawn timber is cut to a basic size so you can use and cut the timber as you wish. However, by selecting the timber cut to width and length, we can select boards and cut them to your dimensions. Planed all round means that the timber has been planed to your exact dimensions however, we give you the option to select whether you want your timber cut to length, if this is not selected then the timber may be supplied in lengths longer (never shorter) than requested.

Reasons why you might choose rough sawn timber:

You may decide to choose rough sawn timber because you want to do the planing and sanding yourself as it could save you money and if you have the skills and tools why not!

Reasons why you might choose planed timber:

Choosing planed timber will leave you with a completely finished piece of wood this means no extra work would be needed unless you wish to treat or cut it to length yourself. Planed timber is perfect if you want to achieve a polish, superior finish with strong versatility.

In addition to stocking an array of hardwoods and softwoods sourced from across the world, we pride ourselves on our ability to tailor each piece to the unique requirement of our client. If you wish to receive more information on rough sawn and planed timber please, get in touch.

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