The Source of Timber – Boutique Timbers
I purchase the vast majority of my timber from Mal Ward of Boutique Timbers. Mal is an interesting bloke, who lives on a small property near Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia. (He is also brother of Tony, a fellow LumberJock.) His property is just littered with stacks and stacks and stacks of timber. He deals in a variety of species and primarily sells in rough slab form.
Yes, they are joey’s or baby kangaroos
Boutique Timbers at the Sydney Working with Wood Expo
A demostration of a Lucus Mill used by Botique Timbers
The Choice of Timber
Blackbutt is a Australian Hardwood that grows locally. It’s very hard, and weighs 900kg/m3. Making the 2.6m bench around 300kg or 660lbs. It’s Junka score is similar to Ash. I haven’t worked out the weight comparison yet.
The Selection of Timber
I arranged a time the visit Boutique Timbers to select from Tas. Myrtle slabs for another project. While there I ordered 9 slabs of blackbutt. 10’x 1 3/4” x Tapered 15”-18”. I had this shipped 300km to where I now live. Cost me $80 to move 1.1 tonne of wood. I wasn’t too fussy with board selection. Cost is per usable area. Some where better than others.
After unloading it all into my workshop I got working on the initial cuts. I used a $3 chalk line to mark out and my trusty Makita 5007MGK -185MM circ saw to make the cuts. It is around this point that I realize a massive tract saw would be infinitely better. My cuts were relatively straight however over 10’ I was upto 1/4-1/2” off. Now when jointing if you lose 1/4” on every board.. that’s a lot. Oh well, you do the best you can, with what you have.
-- Daniel - http://theloveofwood.blogspot.com/