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Where to get timber in SG? Should I go with Malaysia?

Postby LivinginSG » Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:45 am

Hi all

I'm moving to SG soon-ish

Does anyone know any good timber suppliers in SG who sell in small quantities?

Hoping to put together a wooden stand for my aquarium which looks more like a retro-style table than a boring flat front types you get in aquarium shops.

Any suggestions and advice would be appreciated? Would it make sense to buy from JB - import fees, clearance fees to worry about?

Cheers

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Re: Where to get timber in SG? Should I go with Malaysia?

Postby the lynx » Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:52 am

LivinginSG wrote:Hi all

I'm moving to SG soon-ish

Does anyone know any good timber suppliers in SG who sell in small quantities?

Hoping to put together a wooden stand for my aquarium which looks more like a retro-style table than a boring flat front types you get in aquarium shops.

Any suggestions and advice would be appreciated? Would it make sense to buy from JB - import fees, clearance fees to worry about?

Cheers


Actually there are many wood mills in Singapore, which will be able to provide the standard cut of popular types of wood (unless the type you're looking for isn't available in South East Asia). Convenience is the key here.

Getting from outside like Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand is cheaper, as far as wood cost is concerned, but the myriad of logistics, quarantine etc will set the cost even higher than the Singaporean ones, not to mention with a lot of hassles if you're not familiar with all that.

You can check from Greenbook directory for a list of wood mills in Singapore.

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Postby beppi » Fri, 06 Jun 2014 5:36 pm

Solid wood of any kind is insanely expensive in Singapore.
Apparently that is because it's only allowed to import certified non-primary-jungle timber - and that simply isn't much available in the region.
I gave up my plan to build a bookshelf from solid wood (it would have been MUCH more expensive than buying a ready-made one!) and used plywood instead (which is cheap).

But if you want to try: Ban Heng Long Trading at Jln. Berseh can order (and cut to size) almost any kind of timber for you. And there are several sawmills and timber wholesalers at Sungei Kadut - one of the hidden heavy (and messy) industrial corners of Singapore.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 06 Jun 2014 8:24 pm

^^This.

I used to be a regular customer out at Sungei Kadut until I bought my HDB flat 16 years ago. Before that I had a complete woodworking shop in my backyard when I lived in a ginormous Black & White in Seletar Camp. In fact, in addition to my woodworking shop and had a pretty good Autoshop as well, completely rebuilt & resprayed the body, overhauled the entire engine/drivetrain, and reupholstered my old '66 Mini Cooper Mk1. Sure miss all my tools and workshop! :-(

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Postby LivinginSG » Wed, 08 Oct 2014 8:30 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:^^This.

I used to be a regular customer out at Sungei Kadut until I bought my HDB flat 16 years ago. Before that I had a complete woodworking shop in my backyard when I lived in a ginormous Black & White in Seletar Camp. In fact, in addition to my woodworking shop and had a pretty good Autoshop as well, completely rebuilt & resprayed the body, overhauled the entire engine/drivetrain, and reupholstered my old '66 Mini Cooper Mk1. Sure miss all my tools and workshop! :-(


Thanks all...now I'm in SG and finally moved into my own place. Will take a look at those places. Has anyone tried XPC?

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Re: Where to get timber in SG? Should I go with Malaysia?

Postby mypcguy » Sun, 13 Sep 2015 12:40 am

Hi All,

Thinking about starting a woodworking club where we can eventually rent a space for us to conduct our activities. Any thoughts?

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Re: Where to get timber in SG? Should I go with Malaysia?

Postby shripadlale » Sat, 24 Oct 2015 9:58 pm

mypcguy wrote:Hi All,

Thinking about starting a woodworking club where we can eventually rent a space for us to conduct our activities. Any thoughts?


I would be interested in participating/chipping in. I came recently from India, and had to leave behind a good part of my workshop (heavy stuff like Table Saw, Drill Press, Jointer). Still managed to get most of my hand tools, and was planning to pursue my woodworking hobby in my apartment. But am worried about whatever little noise hand tools make.

If a dedicated space is available, I will be willing to pay for its usage.

Cheers!

Shripad

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 24 Oct 2015 10:44 pm

I recently said damn the noise after the local constabulary informed me that on the weekends I'm okay with working in the void deck of my HDB flat during the day. I haven't started yet, but aside from the normal hand tools one finds in most homes (drill, jigsaw & pad sander) I've recently replaced to of my tools that I sold some 17 years ago, e.g., an 8.25 inch circular saw and a 3.5 hp plunge router. I'm also picked up a B & D Workmate as well, so it's going to be a portable workshop using a trolly & lift. At least for the time being.

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Postby shripadlale » Sat, 24 Oct 2015 11:41 pm

:-) Nice!

I plan to buy a workmate in a week or two. I am also looking at this as an opportunity to improve my hand tool skills!

But we would be off topic on this thread, since this is about buying lumber. Maybe we can keep in touch on another medium.

Cheers! and Happy sawdusting!

Shripad.

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Re: Where to get timber in SG? Should I go with Malaysia?

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 08 Dec 2015 11:22 pm

Do you sell only commercial or do you also sell retail (e.g., small projects where you may only need 10 or 15 board feet of say teak, maranti, or other local hardwoods maybe in 12mm~24mm thicknesses? If so, send me a PM with the company details, etc.


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