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Blog entry by BigD1 posted 03-03-2010 04:16 AM 1201 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello my fellow dust makers. I am in the market for some 4×4 maple, to make a work bench. Any ideas where I can purchase some? If I can’t find 4×4’s I would settle for 8/4 lumber and do a glue up. I live in Northeast Nevada. Any info. would help. Thanks for ypur help. Don

-- Donald Baty

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#1 posted 03-03-2010 04:35 AM

This isn’t really helping, but most places won’t sell hardwood lumber in nominal dimensions like that, i.e. 4X4. Have you checked you yellow pages for a lumberyard or googled it? I found a great local source for my lumber using craigslist.

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#2 posted 03-03-2010 04:49 AM

I have never seen nice long boards in those dimensions, unless they are green. Or I have seen squared up logs. In any of these cases I wouldn’t recommend them for a workbench. They twist too much and will crack. You might be better off structurally by going the lamination way with the 8/4 lumber. Sorry I couldn’t help much

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#3 posted 03-03-2010 05:34 AM

My shop at school has 4×4’s of maple.We get huge shipments in at a time, so it might be difficult to find if your just looking for a couple. Does it have to be maple? If not, you can save quiet a bit. You can use the 4×4’s they use for fence posts and it’ll probably be way cheaper. Only the surface is treated, after you cut down the woods still good.

-- "May you live in interesting times"

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 03-03-2010 05:48 AM

High Desert Hardwoods, Eagle, Idaho. I’ll bet they’ll even ship it to you. I know they often have 4×4 in a lot of woods. I’ve done a lot of business with these folks. Give them a call. It really isn’t that far for you to drive up there, even.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 03-03-2010 05:38 PM

Here BigD1, I use these guys all the time. I bought all the maple for my Stair cases from them. Great products, all s4s ready to go.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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Dave Owen

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#6 posted 03-03-2010 06:08 PM

When I bought Red Oak for the base – and Hard Maple for the top of my workbench, I was faced with the same dilemma, so I bought 8/4 and 10/4 of both. That worked out rather well. On the oak base, for example. I was able to make a jig and cut most of the mortises with a router before putting the two halves of the pieces together. 8/4 to 10/4 maple should be fairly readily available most places.

-- Dave O.

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#7 posted 04-23-2010 06:14 PM

Just a quick thanks for all the feed back. It looks like I’m doing a glue up. I can do that with no problem. I have the ability to joint 8” lumber, and plane 20” wide. Thanks again. BigD1

-- Donald Baty

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