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    I've made my first mistake with crafts already! Took a trip to B&Q yesterday and bought a sheet of plywood which the shop cut into pieces for me however i've realised that plywood aint all its cracked up to be! It's impossible to sand a decent edge as it splits and cracks when its being cut.
    I'm thinking maybe beech or birch wood would be better as its a solid wood? What would/do you use? I'm not sure if B&Q sell sheets of beech or birch so if they dont can anyone recommend where to get thin sheets from?
    Thanks
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  • #2
    I use birch (I think) I get it from here good quality and good value too!!
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    • #3
      Thats a great website Loody, I googled so many times and never came across that one!
      Might have to take a trip to B&Q on Monday (avoiding the weekend hysteria in that place) and see if they do similar wood if not i'll be ordering off that website. Are they good for delivery times?
      Thanks for the link
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      • #4
        Originally posted by JJ22 View Post
        Thats a great website Loody, I googled so many times and never came across that one!
        Might have to take a trip to B&Q on Monday (avoiding the weekend hysteria in that place) and see if they do similar wood if not i'll be ordering off that website. Are they good for delivery times?
        Thanks for the link
        They are.....And their P&P is very good too....have used them for a good year or so now
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        • #5
          Cheers, i've just ordered a few to practice on in case I can't get any on Monday. £7.75 seems a bit expensive for p+p but lets hope the delivery time makes up for it!
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          • #6
            You'll only get pine from B&Q. They aren't very good for real wood other than construction wood and decking. Try looking up local timber merchants and sawmills if you want more choice :-)
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            • #7
              They are quite heavy....and in the past the postage costs I've paid was usually what it actually cost to post....Especially bearing in mind that I am in Jersey. He usually dispatches really quickly too. (I just hope he doesn't let me down now lol) x
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              • #8
                If you're painting them, MDF is an excellent choice and B&Q will have it in a choice of thicknesses. I have had it cut there, and they are always intrigued as to what I'm going to do with it!

                If you're doing pyrography MDF won't be any use.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by wendy View Post
                  If you're painting them, MDF is an excellent choice and B&Q will have it in a choice of thicknesses. I have had it cut there, and they are always intrigued as to what I'm going to do with it!

                  If you're doing pyrography MDF won't be any use.
                  I just can't get on with mdf....I must be doing something wrong... having said that I love working with real wood
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                  • #10
                    Cheers Donna, Is pine similar texture to beech or birch? I know very little about wood but want something that wont flake or crack and is easy to sand, cut or drill! I've just been looking on ebay and they have a lot of cheap blank plaques and shapes made from MDF. Am I right in thinking that MDF warps when its painted and should therefore be avoided?

                    Loody I didn't even think about the weight, just assumed! I'm sure he wont disappoint.
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                    • #11
                      Just as I write about MDF someone mentions it! I'm just painting them at the moment, I don't think I could ever do pyrography stuff!
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JJ22 View Post
                        I've just been looking on ebay and they have a lot of cheap blank plaques and shapes made from MDF. Am I right in thinking that MDF warps when its painted and should therefore be avoided?
                        No, MDF is excellent for painting. No chips or splinters, either. You'll need to sand between coats, but you would with any wood too.

                        It gives you a better finish than wood and is cheaper too.

                        Of course, you won't get the grain yoo get in wood, so if you want that effect you'll need real wood.
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                        • #13
                          I really should do more research before spending money! I've got about 50 blank plywood plaques in my living room, i've just spent nearly £20 on some beech/birch plaques from the jigsaw place and now I find out that i could have saved a load of money and got MDF!
                          Oh well, B&Q on monday for some MDF, I can use the plywood for practice painting and the beech/birch ones for special things!
                          Thanks everyone for your advice, i'm sure there will be plenty more questions to follow!
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                          • #14
                            Plywood depending on the thickness can get a good finish if done right, a lot of people just hack away at ply with a hand saw or a jig saw and unfortunatly you will get the edges splitting. If you spend a bit of time preparing your work and mask off the cut lines with tape use the correct saw or blade for a jig saw you wont get any splinters and then the edges can be sanded easily.

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                            • #15
                              Pine is nasty stuff - texture is nothing like the lovely smooth birch or beech :P Things like pine/spruce tend to flake a lot, whereas you can get a lovely smooth finish on the harder woods like beech, birch, sycamore, ash, etc. I've not worked with MDF (as it's toxic to burn!), but I know it gets painted a lot when it comes to interior decorating - but I think they usually use some sort of primer first...
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