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Manny

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I'm looking for a merchant selling 25mm blockboard in south London, any recommendations?

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John
 

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Jason,

I live close to Croydon - do Richard Russell have a minimum order quantity? It's not that clear from their site
 

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Thanks Jason - Croydon's not too far from me.

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Sorry didn't mean to post twice

I'm so out of touch with whats what these days, could someone enlighten this grasshopper - what is "Oriented Strand Board" and what's it good for.

To be honest I haven't bought any quality sheet material for years and from what I've read from previous posts baltic birch would be ok for the carcase of a painted bookcase - is this the case?

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I'm in Warlingham and they don't charge anything for delivery but I try to order at least 5 boards at a time, but I have suggested them to others who only wanted one board. You will have to pay the loose sheet rate which obviously covers the delivery & admin costs.

Oriented strand board / OSD / Sterlin Board is made up of flakes of timber pressed into a board, the surface is quite rough so it is only used for things like roof decks, sheathing under timber siding etc, definatly not paint quality.

Birch ply is a bit pricy but will give a good finish with a bit of work, you could also try MDF which give s a better paint finish and does not need to have the cut edges lipped.

Jason
 

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Thanks Jason

I'm not a great fan of mdf and I know the client won't go for it but thanks for the suggestion.

John
 

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John,

The last time I was in a 'TimberCenter' they had blockboard on offer - it was a few months ago and I didn't see the price but I think they are nationwide now so maybe there is one near you.

Jason - on another tack - Birch Ply - are you able to get hold of better than B/B? If so can you let me know your supplier please - I basically want to leave it clear finished in some cabinets and I'm not sure B/B is good enough.

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My usual supplier (see link above) only lists BB but give them a call, they can get other qualities in if they are available. I have always found them very helpful.

Jason
 
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