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#1 posted 08-30-2012 04:08 PM

Spruce, hemlock and fir are sold as “white wood” or
“hem-fir” in many areas. The working characteristics
of the included woods are similar.

Just try to get something dry and relatively straight-grained
and free of all but the smallest knots. It should behave
predictably then.

2×4 Studs are 6/4 – it means 1 1/2” thick finished dimension.

Spruce is softwood. Pine tends to be easier to work
because it doesn’t splinter as much but it is less tough
too, imo. I’m generalizing lots here because pine and
spruce are similar. We use spruce in making guitar tops,
for example, because it is stiff and tough in small
thicknesses so it can be worked to thin, lightweight
panels and still have a lot of structural strength.

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