bench and/or wall bench carcass material

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06-28-2013 09:16 PM

I made some rough drafts for wall bench flip top on paper, then sketchup, then with extra douglas fir 2×4’s I had laying around: it came out not too shabby and it’s actually functional for my planer stand as is. Now onto the final project. As a new wood worker, I am unsure of what to use for carcass material. I already have 3/4” ply laminated 3x’s for the fliptop itself, R12 bearings and 3/4” steel rod all ready together. I took a gander at LJ’s “workbench” projects but most of those are the real benches like roubo’s or split top where there is a table top and 4 supporting structure legs. This wall bench flip top (making it so my in-progress work shop garage can have space) will have 2×30” high legs that are bolted to the wall, and 24”-32” (depending on the machine) extended out and 3/4” birch ply as a triangular ‘skirt’ brace, supporting my Rigid planer. Think of a 2foot shelf arrangement that can support 50-75lbs.
I “could” use douglas fir as the final carcass / framing structure. But I would really like to start jumping into utilitarian hardwoods (this will not be for looks or considered ‘fine furniture’ but instead structure support strength). European beech? Southern yellow pine?

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