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Craftsman on the lake

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#1 posted 04-24-2009 07:33 PM

I’m in the north and spruce is the big construction lumber but fir is available.. but only at home depot. And, not at all of them do. Spruce splits easily and is chippy. In my experience Southern Yellow Pine is too but up here we only get it in the form pressure treated lumber. Fir is tougher than Pine but cuts and works much like pine. It doesn’t split easily.
Often at Home depot it won’t be listed as Fir. You have to look on the stamping on the wood itself. You can usually tell it from other woods as it often has a brownish/goldish tinge to it compared to the other woods which seem white in comparison. It makes a great bench at a good cost. Pick over some 2×10’s or 12’s and slice them up to upgrade. A 2×10x12 fir beam can yield a lot of good usable pieces at a small cost.

Here's a link to my bench made of fir

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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