|Forum topic by Infernal2||posted 07-02-2012 04:57 AM||1066 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
07-02-2012 04:57 AM
My shop space is coming available this week and my temporary workbench is going to shortly be replaced though I am still trying to decide which form. My real question is regarding bench material. I’ve read and viewed any number of books and websites now regarding the wood and pursuing the most bang for my meager bucks, I’ve decided on Southern Yellow Pine. It’s available in my area in spades and its just a little more expensive than dirt.
HOWEVER, (big however) is said quality of Southern Yellow Pine. While I have a few hardwood dealers in my area their stock is priced rather big for my wallet but the cheaply available SYP, even in the larger 2×12x16 is about as clear as mud. No pin holes on these buddies, no, we are talking shotgun hole sized knots, even on the best quality. Really, about the clearest I can find in my area is KDAT and unfortunately, its treated (but boy is it perfectly clear and perfectly expensive).
Has anyone building recently experienced a similar issue? What have you done to bridge the gap? I’ve used everything from Woodfinder to the Forestry service in an attempt to meet these demands. What does “acceptable” look like to you in SYP?
So I’m rapidly approaching wit’s end on the future of this build