As i have been building this thing, i have had my nose in the Schwarz’s book. However, i cringed when during my review i read this:
Once you look at the characteristics that make a species good for a workbench, you see that white oak, Southern yellow pine, fir, poplar or just about any species (excepting bass wood and the soft white pines) will perform brilliantly. (p.14)
And for some salt in the wound:
Anyone who has purchased a white pine 2×4 bench from a home center can attest to this fact: These benches are easy to beat. They dent when you look at them wrong. (p. 16)
Now, why do i mention this? I am building my Roubo out of white pine. I live in Israel—trees are not plentiful. I paid about 1000 NIS for my lumber (i think around $270)—but this includes all the lumber for the bottom shelf, to be fair. Ouch. That’s also about 1/3 of my student stipend. When i was at the lumber place, the guy offered me this other lumber, but it was about double the price, and it looked funny, and i don’t trust that guy—i feel like he was trying to pass off warped lumber to some stupid woman. Perhaps i should have considered it for just the top…either way, i am beginning to get a bit nervous about how soft the top will be. I am wondering if a thin layer of laminate will help. Or if there’s something i can do to toughen it up? This would be ideal—they i wouldn’t have to mess with workbench covers. How about a layer of epoxy over the whole top?
Also, does anyone have any ideas about the hangover (of the ends) of the bench? Since i am doing a knock-down version, i am losing some inches. I wonder if that makes a difference with regards to the overall length of the bench. Thanks in advance, LJs! I know there will be opinions shared!
-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor