Buying from DIY outlets has many advantages: pine is readily available from them in a standard range of sizes, both sawn and planed; it is competitively priced; and many such stores harvest their timber from renewable forests. One of the disadvantages is that nonstandard sizes are not available, so if you require a board that is, say, l'/2in (38mm) actual rather than nominal thickness, you will have to buy a larger size and plane it to the correct thickness. In addition, DIY stores usually supply only one grade of pine, so if you need a plank with a large knot-free area you will have to pay extra for some premium-grade timber from a specialist dealer.

However, most of these disadvantages can be worked around, and for the home woodworker, DIY outlets provide a flexible and readily available source of good quality wood.

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