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A Galoot Prepares #4: Of Ring Counts and Mortises

04-22-2007 05:41 PM by photonic | 4 comments »

After the last setback I started to figure out what I could do to correct the problem. I had visions of a three legged saw bench for a while, until my daughter saw my plans and proclaimed them “silly”. Dad can’t have a “silly” sawbench, it just doesn’t work. I went down to Lowes for a 2X4 to make legs for my bench. There were only about ten in the pile so I was sure I wouldn’t find a good one. After looking at and rejecting several I found the perfect one! When I checked the ring count on the end grain it had about 12 rings per inch. According to Bob Smalser the higher the ring count the stronger the wood. After looking at other 2X4s I fou...

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