So I’m moving to Australia from San Diego in a few short weeks. I’ve started using more and more hand tools in my work and I’m discovering just how inadequate my current workbench is so I’m leaving it behind. To decide what I want/need I ordered myself both of Chris Schwartz’s books on work benches for Chrismas. I’m closing in on a design and I seem to favor a modified Roubo.
But at the moment, I’d like to start a discussion about what wood I should use. If I were staying in the states I’d probably use ash or hard maple but I’m assuming they will be too pricey in Oz. I’m not too familiar with the Australian domestics as yet. What I’m looking for is a reasonably priced wood that is stiff, dense, and resistant to denting.