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Posted on Hardwood choice for Roubo style workbench

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#1 posted 02-27-2012 05:18 PM

I would HIGHLY suggest that you pick up a copy of Christopher Schwartz The Workbench Design Book or Workbenches from Design & Theory to Construction & Use before you get into it. He puts a lot of discussion into wood selection that would be helpful for you.

Last part I just read indicated that a white pine top is actually very good (I.e. use construction grade 2×6s resawn). After a few years the resins set up and the wood becomes quite hard. Its also easy to re-plane and flatten which a well used bench should require regular maintenance and will be quite durable as long as it is thick enough (4”) which will also give it the weight required for stability.

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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