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Forum topic by groy87 posted 08-04-2013 01:55 AM 995 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-04-2013 01:55 AM

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I’m looking to make a milkman workbench as scene here :

Am thinking of using pine to save money. Well this be ok would it be better to use a hard wood like maple or poplar? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 08-04-2013 02:13 AM

For a full size workbench, cheap and available is the name of the game. For a bench that small and not very thick, I would definitely go for a good strong hardwood. You’ll need the strength and stiffness to help resist the work forces, since you don’t have the aid of sheer mass. The good news is that there is not enough wood in that style bench to really make it a budget buster.

Hard maple would seem to be ideal to me, ash or oak would probably work well, too. Poplar is way to soft and not strong enough, if you were going to do that, you might as well use SYP.

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#2 posted 08-04-2013 02:24 AM

if you mean southern-yellow-pine – it would work just fine. if you mean white-pine – I would recommend against it as it’s too soft and won’t last.

maple is always good – but depending on where you are, could be expensive. as mentioned above, when building a bench it’s always best to stick to local hardwoods which are usually cheaper than other hardwoods but will give you good strength. this can be maple, or oak, or ash, or others-

poplar is not a good choice even though it is hardwood. it’s just too soft compared with above species.

Curious – are you using a word-correction app when you post? some of the words (like “scene”) don’t seem to be related to the context ;) just saying…

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