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planed timber home improvement

With its natural lustre, softwood and hardwood options and the wide variety of finishes available, it's no wonder why so many choose planed timber for hands-on home improvement projects. Just about everyone wants a living space that instantly shows off the quality of materials that comprise it, not to mention the work that went into making it look so unique, and in this regard planed all round timber is the one material that really gives back everything that's put into it.

For this entry of the Woodshop Direct blog, we'll go over why planed timber is a worthy choice for home improvement, and we'll also give you some inspiration for how it can be the basis for your next DIY project!

Why Choose Planed All Round Timber?

Anyone with a working knowledge of woodwork will instantly appreciate the wealth of possibilities that planed timber offers. For example, those familiar with the various species of wood will find it much easier to build something that compliments a specialist garden or interior. Whether that compliment comes from the lovely finish of Sapele Redwood to the light shade of Red Cedar, all are well suited to their own specific tasks.

When you buy a pre-boxed, pre-measured garden shed or other popular DIY kit, you're likely to get a few cross sections, with nothing remarkable about the wood itself. By its very definition however. planed all round timber has been sawn down until it's smooth, with the quality visible from every side. Depending on your preferences or style of working, you can work with timber straight from its sawn state, or have seasoned professionals send it to you in pieces or moulded components to make your project as easy to complete as possible.

Image of Planed All Round American White Oak TimberAmerican White Oak 
Image of Planed All Round Obeche TimberAll Round Obeche
Image of Planed All Round Western Red Cedar TimberWestern Red Cedar

Popular Interior Uses for Planed Timber

Building a timber framed home is an infinitely less daunting process when you have a good idea of the wood you need, and this applies equally to any kind of home improvement project. The following are a list of some of the more popular DIY carpentry projects, and why certain planed timbers benefit them better:

Sash Windows

The ideal project for any self-builder to give their home a traditional appearance, genuine timber sash windows are often favoured by traditionalists as its a more durable material and a better insulator than plastic, and thanks to modern finishes they require far less maintenance than in previous years. The style you want to achieve can depend on a lot of factors. Certain woods have natural fibre retardancy and are good insulators for sound, heat and electricity, whilst others can add considerable weight when used for large sashes.


The first test for every newcomer to the world of woodworking, when you have the right cut to size, planed all-round timber, making a pair of shelves is like lego for grown-ups. Whether you want to make a small organizer to help solve your house's specific issues of clutter, or a full unit that could easily be spied in a shop, there's plenty of online guides to give you inspiration. In terms of wood, you want something that's easy to handle as well as to paint and stain, however your choice of softwood or hardwood will be important here, depending on how much much weight you plan to pack on those shelves...


Once you've built your own piece of handmade wooden furniture, you'll never need to buy another gift (instead it'll just be the supplies to make the gift...). Whether you want the finished item to compliment a shabby chic home or one where every bit of 2x4 is polished to a shine, bespoked planed timber is the way to go. Determining the best wood is a matter of common sense with good usage, colour, texture, figure and stability being the ideal selling points for any potential planed timber.
  • Recommended timbers: White Beech, American Ash, White Oak, Black Walnut


The amount of style choices and range of options continues to make timber flooring the all time favourite of the renovation market. Every finished floor just has its own uniqueness, whilst the bountiful choices in knottings, markings, grain and colours mean there's an infinite list of variations.

Summing up what makes a good timber floor in a few sentences is tough, but in short, you want a depth of colour, durability and character of grain that best agrees with your surroundings and your wallet. It can also depend on how much traffic there will be; softwoods may be cheaper, but any scratches or knocks will show far more easily. Different woods shift in popularity all the time, but we recommend having a read of this list of beautiful hardwoods to find the ideal palned timber for your ideal horizontal walking space.

  • Recommended timbers: European Oak, Pine, Fir, Oak and Walnut.
In a future Woodshop Direct blog, we'll cover the most important things to bare in mind when working with planed all round timber, and how to make a single piece go that extra mile. In the meantime, keep an eye on our Facebook page, Twitter and/or Google+.



Post By Graham Ashton