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Hi ,
I have settled on the type of bench that I want to build, a split top Roubo. My initial plan was to build it out of hard maple. Benchcrafted suggests using soft maple. My lumber sources have hard and soft maple at approximately the same price and also have steamed Euro Beech at a $1.00 less per board foot than either hard or soft maple. I have ruled out Fir, SYP, Oak and Ash for various reasons. So, any advice on whether to use hard maple, soft maple or beech? Your thoughts are appreciated! Thanks

-- Paul

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#1 posted 312 days ago

Mine is made of soft maple…which for the record, isn’t very soft…and an oak trestle. I have read about the nightmares people have just milling hard maple. I have had very good luck with it. Photos of it are posted on my profile.

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#2 posted 312 days ago

Beech is very nice.

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#3 posted 312 days ago

Beech is great for a bench. That’s what Ulmia benches are made of. And if it is less expensive than maple, bonus!

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#4 posted 312 days ago

Stumpy says Roubo recommends beech in his book, if that matters to you. I don’t read 18th century French, so I can’t confirm.

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#5 posted 311 days ago

Thanks for the comments. I am leaning towards the Beech which currently would save me some money for vises. I am going to look at lumber tomorrow.

-- Paul

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