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New workbenches

Post by lordhelpus » Fri 18 Nov, 2016 21:20

Hi All,

Ordered the wood today to make two new workbenches, and some bespoke racking for my man cave, now my question is this, the place I order my timber from when doing this kind of thing prices, and sells wood by the metre, fair enough I hear you say.

but for the life of me I can't understand why when timber comes in 2.4, 3.6, 4.8, mtr lengths, if its say 39p per metre why do I have to pay 39p for .4 or .6 or .8 of a metre.......
or am I just missing something here...??????????
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Re: New workbenches

Post by Brian H » Fri 18 Nov, 2016 21:59

AFAIAA you pay the price per meter and the .4,.6,.8m is calculated as a proportion of the 39p. A length 2.4m long should be 0.39 x 2.4 = £0.936p which will be rounded up to £0.94p.

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Re: New workbenches

Post by lordhelpus » Fri 18 Nov, 2016 22:45

Brian H wrote:AFAIAA you pay the price per meter and the .4,.6,.8m is calculated as a proportion of the 39p. A length 2.4m long should be 0.39 x 2.4 = £0.936p which will be rounded up to £0.94p.

mmmm,, yeah I see what you mean kind of..??? its just that their pricing total didn't reflect this when I priced it up.....still never mind it's man cave stuff special conditions applied :dunce:
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Re: New workbenches

Post by therealdb1 » Fri 18 Nov, 2016 23:46

My local timber merchant prices by the metre and charges for what he sells you as per Brian H's calculation. But then he will sell you the length of timber that you ask for and you are not obliged to buy a fixed length which have become daft due probably to some EU rule. Why 2.4 metres? I can understand 2 metres, or 3 metres and I can even see logic in 2.5 metres but 2.4 metres?
I thought that it must be an imperial equivalent but I make it 7 feet 10 and a half inches so it is not even a metric 8 feet.
I guess you have to consider an 8 x 4 sheet is no longer that it is 2.4 x 1.2!
The same timber merchant has an associated hardware shop that sells individual items too. There is something pleasantly anachronistic in purchasing 3 or 4 screws to finish a job and leaving the shop with them wrapped in brown paper and sellotape unlike the national DIY stores that will only sell a blister pack of more than you will use in a lifetime! :D

Seriously however, if your shop is charging for a full metre but only supplying 0.4 metre you have a case to take to your local Trading Standards office as you are being diddled :bawl:
It may only be pennies but if everyone pays for 0.6 metre of timber that they don't receive it turns into fraudulent £'s.

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Re: New workbenches

Post by lordhelpus » Sat 19 Nov, 2016 09:51

therealdb1 wrote:My local timber merchant prices by the metre and charges for what he sells you as per Brian H's calculation. But then he will sell you the length of timber that you ask for and you are not obliged to buy a fixed length which have become daft due probably to some EU rule. Why 2.4 metres? I can understand 2 metres, or 3 metres and I can even see logic in 2.5 metres but 2.4 metres?
I thought that it must be an imperial equivalent but I make it 7 feet 10 and a half inches so it is not even a metric 8 feet.
I guess you have to consider an 8 x 4 sheet is no longer that it is 2.4 x 1.2!
The same timber merchant has an associated hardware shop that sells individual items too. There is something pleasantly anachronistic in purchasing 3 or 4 screws to finish a job and leaving the shop with them wrapped in brown paper and sellotape unlike the national DIY stores that will only sell a blister pack of more than you will use in a lifetime! :D

Seriously however, if your shop is charging for a full metre but only supplying 0.4 metre you have a case to take to your local Trading Standards office as you are being diddled :bawl:
It may only be pennies but if everyone pays for 0.6 metre of timber that they don't receive it turns into fraudulent £'s.
As well as my OP I had the same thing happen in screwfix, (more man cave stuff) was after some electrical conduit straight connectors (used for joining two lengths) two ends to a length of conduit is not unheard of is it...........they sell connectors in packs of 5.??????? :head:

Am I just getting old, and grumpy.?

I am picking the timber up on Monday so will be questioning the point of their pricing.
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Re: New workbenches

Post by Lewy » Mon 21 Nov, 2016 01:39

lordhelpus wrote:Hi All,

Ordered the wood today to make two new workbenches, and some bespoke racking for my man cave, now my question is this, the place I order my timber from when doing this kind of thing prices, and sells wood by the metre, fair enough I hear you say.

but for the life of me I can't understand why when timber comes in 2.4, 3.6, 4.8, mtr lengths, if its say 39p per metre why do I have to pay 39p for .4 or .6 or .8 of a metre.......
or am I just missing something here...??????????
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Re: New workbenches

Post by Lewy » Mon 21 Nov, 2016 01:46

Although if you're getting 39p per metre then please tell me where, we're used to paying just under a quid [THUMBS UP SIGN]

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Re: New workbenches

Post by lordhelpus » Wed 23 Nov, 2016 19:15

Lewy wrote:Although if you're getting 39p per metre then please tell me where, we're used to paying just under a quid [THUMBS UP SIGN]

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Sure, I don't think they will deliver to Wolverhampton tho..

http://www.gards.co.uk/product-range/softwood

As for my original post I asked them about their pricing they listened thought about it for a minute or two then they thru a box of screws in worth £4.50 for free..... :)
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Re: New workbenches

Post by therealdb1 » Fri 25 Nov, 2016 22:24

Glad you got your money's worth :D

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