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Roubo Bench or Bust #1: Oak is a Bust

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Blog entry by Groundwood posted 764 days ago 1064 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, Roubo is the bench for me. Got the plan set, ordered Oak from Big Box Store in ORANGE. Special ordered rough cut 3×12 x 96, wait a week for the supposed delivery date and check on it. No show from the lumber company. They say it will be in tomorrow between 3-5pm. No calls to let me know if it was delivered or not. Receive a call the following day letting me know it is in. Got some down time during work so I go check out my gorgeous wood, only to find out they had solld me a giant pile of kindling. First timber has a crack down the whole length of the timber directly in the center
+1” deep. Same on the other other side of my timber only 1/2” depth whole length of timber. So being held together by maybe 1” of fibers between the crack. GREAT start.. Foot long checking in the lumber, seems no one inspects incoming special orders. Thayt was the better of the two, so I promptly got my money refunded and have decided to just do a first Roubo bench out of 2×4 whiteboard, laminated top style.



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Jeremy Greiner

568 posts in 1373 days


#1 posted 764 days ago

I can only immagine what the what the Big Box was charging for the Oak, do you not have any local hardwood dealers? If not have you considered mail order hardwood dealers? I’ve seen the prices of oak at the orange big box, and granted it’s S4S but still it’s crazy expensive.

If you do go the the 2×4 route .. try and find a big boxer that carries southern yellow pine or one of the harder pines, the blue big boxer by me carries sothern yellow 2×4,6,8 etc. I often get 2×10x16ft boards then have them cut down to 4-6ft for transportation .. and it costs about $.70 a bf .. which is the cheapest wood source for me.

-jeremy

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer: http://www.1024studios.com/cuttingboard.html

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Jeremy Greiner

568 posts in 1373 days


#2 posted 764 days ago

I did a quick search on woodfinder using the Jarrel TX zip code .. and found 3 places that are 30 miles or less (though may depend on your actual address)

http://www.savagewoods.com/
http://www.finelumber.com/
http://www.woodcraft.com/stores/store.aspx?id=328

You can search yourself at:
http://www.woodfinder.com/

Hope this helps :)

-jeremy

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer: http://www.1024studios.com/cuttingboard.html

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Groundwood

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#3 posted 763 days ago

Thanks for the info Jeremy. I actually went with doug fir for this bench. I am gonna build it and use for a little while till I can find a good source of Lumber. As far as the Orange Big Box I got the oak for 2.39/BF. Once I seen it I actually wanted them to pay me 3/bf to take it. Complete garbage… Thank you again for the woodfinder link.

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