|Forum topic by richardwootton||posted 135 days ago||638 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
135 days ago
I have finally started in on my work bench build, and decided to go the cheap route and use construction grade “whitewood” aka SPF (Spruce, Pine, Fir) for the build. I have ripped the rounded edges off, laminated the first portion for the top, which comes out to about sixteen inches wide, and doesn’t include some extra width plus the dog hole strip and area for a wagon vise. That should bring my top to about 22” wide, and after flattening, just under 3” thick.
Here’s where the problem comes into play. This stuff is RIDICULOUSLY soft, it feels like friggin’ Balsa wood. Then I stumbled across a guy selling TONS of true 4×4 8’6” Oak posts (and some Hickory that I’ll pass on) for about 12 bucks a piece! That’s about $1.05 per board foot.
My question is, should I go buy the oak and start a new bench build, since I’m not very far into the current build? Or, go buy the oak, stack it up and use it for something else and keep on with my current bench build? Perhaps somewhere in between, build two benches and use the one with construction materials for and assembly, or joinery bench?
What would the wise LJer do?
-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training