If you’ve got a summer project in mind but aren’t sure which materials to use, here’s a guide to what you’ll need, inside and out.
You can never have too much storage and shelving is a popular project. If you’re not too fussed about how it looks, or are on a budget, melamine panels are the way to go. They come in a range of widths and lengths to suit any situation. One long side of the sheet comes edged so it’s ready to go. If you’re after something a bit more decorative, try raw pine. Solid pieces come in widths up to 285mm, which is a handy shelf size.
If you’re trying your hand at a bit of furniture building, pine is a common choice. It’s inexpensive, easy to work with and takes stain well so you can match it to your décor. If you need large sizes, it comes in laminated panels that you can cut to size.
Plywood is great for all types of projects, inside and out. It comes in a wide range of thicknesses and the large sheets mean you can cut it to any size you like. A great budget option for interior projects is CD plywood. The surface finish isn’t that smooth but you can improve it by sanding. If using plywood outdoors, use Marine ply, which has stronger glues to hold the plywood together. The attractive hardwood finish also makes marine ply a good choice for interior projects.
Treated pine is the perfect material for outdoor jobs and comes in a number of grades. H4 is the grade to use when it comes into contact with the ground. Common H4 products are sleepers and posts. H3 is a grade that can be used in above ground situations. It comes in large dimensions with a rough finish for framing decks and pergolas or pre-primed sections that are used when a smoother finish is required. H2 pine, coloured in blue, isn’t meant to be used outdoors but for resistance against termites for interior building frames.