Your thoughts on Tamarack for workbench legs?

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Forum topic by laketrout36 posted 10-27-2014 02:05 AM 1028 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-27-2014 02:05 AM

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What do you think about using Tamarack for my up coming workbench legs? I’ve got a source for free ten foot dried logs. Are the qualities of this species durable enough for this purpose? The good, the bad, the ugly?

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#1 posted 10-27-2014 02:48 AM

It says it is used for posts. So I think legs on a workbench will be fine. Never worked it myself but for what you are looking for it will be good. And free to boot. I say go for it

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#2 posted 10-27-2014 04:12 AM

Well around here it is used for construction lumber like DF, should be more than adequate.

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#3 posted 10-27-2014 10:39 AM

It’s a fairly strong, tough wood – about comparable to Douglas Fir, stronger than spruce, a bit weaker than Southern Yellow Pine. It’ll be plenty durable and strong. It’s supposed to be fairly splintry and split-prone when working it, but that shouldn’t stop you. Go for it.
I bought a large load of tamarack this past weekend. Freshly cut (local sawmills that sell hemlock or tamarcak around here don’t dry wood, they sell it green, mostly used outdoors) and I’m building a compost bin and garden beds out of it – poor man’s cedar, good for rot resistance. I was a bit worried about splitting, but nailed the garden beds together yesterday (no predrilling) and didn’t get any splits.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#4 posted 10-27-2014 01:58 PM

Thanks for the input. Hopefully the logs I get aren’t in bad shape.

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