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Forum topic by Kennethjg posted 12-07-2015 03:36 AM 622 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2015 03:36 AM

Topic tags/keywords: saw bench cedar green cedar green wood

I was planning on building a saw bench tomorrow since I’ve got the day off, so I ran up to Home Depot and looked for some material for it. All I saw were framing studs, but the did have some western red cedar 2×4’s that were green.
I bought some of those thinking that it would probably be ok, since it’s not a project that’s gonna be in a stable environment anyway, and I’m not gonna finish it, except maybe with some Danish oil or something.
Do you guys think green lumber would be ok for a project like this, or should I just run to the lumberyard tomorrow and buy something kiln dried?

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#1 posted 12-07-2015 06:27 AM

I would use treated lumber for a saw bench.

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#2 posted 12-07-2015 05:07 PM

Why would you use treated lumber for a saw bench? Treated lumber is typically very wet when purchased from retail outlets. The treatment is designed to make the wood last longer in the outdoor/weather environment or in some cases in contact with the ground. The WRC would be just as good or better for a saw bench as the treated lumber.

IMHO it would be best to get either air dried or kiln dried lumber for this project. Do you have a local sawmill that might have air dried lumber for sale?

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#3 posted 12-07-2015 05:24 PM

green treated lumber will dry and turn into a corkscrew,has with 80% of the stuff i have bought.just get some kiln dried.

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#4 posted 12-07-2015 05:40 PM

I would go with the dimensional lumber. In particular if you can find it yellow pine. Usually slightly more expensive than the “white” wood but worth it. Yellow pine is much harder than either cedar or “white” (spruce) wood. That is important for the top of the bench. Paul Sellers has some Youtube videos on building a work bench out of dimensional lumber.

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