Looking for input on green wood roubo bench

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Forum topic by fumehappy posted 04-15-2013 01:51 AM 960 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-15-2013 01:51 AM

Hello, I had a project in mind, and I’ve been wondering if anyone had some input they could share. After reading up on timber framing, I noted that most framing is done with green wood. Considering a full roubo bench build as a timber framing project, assuming the bench top and legs are constructed with wood cut from the same tree, would this warp like crazy or be more or less stable? Assume the top is a through the middle slab 5 inches thick, and legs are all quarter sawn cuts, with few or no knot holes. My potential wood choices are: Poplar, Pine, Spruce, sugar maple and possibly beech. The thought was to mill the lumber to size, jack plane all surfaces, then apply shellac, what I am to understand is a breathable finish. Again, working under the assumption the lumber is kept indoors and or in the shop, I’m hoping the shellac finish will regulate the drying process enough to prevent significant warpage/ checking/ cracking.
Thanks for your feedback!

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