My old garden gates are rotten, and beyond the point of patching up, so I'd like to make some new ones, with the same overall design.
I've often heard Iroko mentioned as the material of choice for exterior joinery, and I've come across a few online dealers that will plane to size, and even supply Tongue & Groove, such as TimberSource.
But it's all very expensive. I want to make sure I don't do something stupid while ordering, so I'd really appreciate any help. My intention is to use a suitable wood that I can leave unpainted, and oil it as needed.
- Would Iroko be the best choice, or are there other more suitable species?
- Can anyone recommend a good supplier to a hobbyist? I live near Bristol.
- Should I order planed or sawn? I have a Makita 2012N thicknesser so could do it myself, but would save a lot of time if it was already to size (and the Makita does tend to snipe a little).
- The thickest stock in the design would be 52mm finished. Should I order this thickness (or thicker if sawn), or would I be better off laminating with two pieces of half thickness.
- How worried should I be about the supplier delivering warped boards?
- I've heard that the rails, stiles and braces should be quarter-sawn. If so, am I likely to find a supplier who would provide these?
- If ordering sawn timber, how much over the finished thickness should I allow?
Help to any of these questions would be much appreciated, Paul