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Ways of sourcing and storing period timber

Getting period timber remains an issue and handling or storing it is even a greater issue. To conserve the period timber stock, one must align it in a sensible and organized manner in a limited space. While planning out for the conservation of period timber, here are the few guidelines that can help anyone to decide on "what to buy" and "where to buy". Here we give the list below that consists of some acquisitions and their sources:
  • Pianos brought from auctions which if are in a bad condition can be purchased for almost nothing and would cover a day to carry out dismantling.

  • Left out parts of period furniture such as the top halves of linen presses given by appreciative clients.

  • Crates of offcuts through cabinet makers.

  • Caddies and boxes that are too much damaged to conserve but has the ability to give out small quantities of the rarest veneers. These can be bought from junk shops.

  • Period oak floor boards through a builder.

  • The greater portion of an oak wall from a Welsh house is considered to be 15thC from a farmer.

  • An amount of cedar wood panelling from the cellars of a country mansion obtained for clearing it out.

  • Wainscot panelling through an architectural salvage firm.

  • Pieces of burr wood found lying around sawmills.
Ways to store timber
  • Inclining timber pieces aside the wall is the most improper usage of space and creates disorderliness. Proper stall should be made wherein they should be kept from side to side being the situation that they are not overloaded.

  • Any large piece of a timber increases the problem of avalanches. The cubes should be made freestanding due to the reason that during re-organising space or moving workshop, they need not to be dismantled.

  • Veneers should be kept in a different way. Smaller pieces should be stored in the salvaged slides from linen presses which are made into old pine cupboards. Larger pieces should be stored in a portable veneer rack. The corners and every sharp edge should be curved off so that removal of these should not destroy the veneers.
Placing of timber in warm airy atmosphere would protect them from accumulating dust and would nullify all kinds of timber storage problems.

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