|Forum topic by Joshua Oehler||posted 05-24-2015 01:11 AM||1074 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
05-24-2015 01:11 AM
So I am about to embark on building my first (and long overdue) workbench. I have to keep this one on a budget. I have a couple of wood river vises that I got from woodcraft and I am getting ready to buy the materials. I am going the budget route of lumber from the box store. Being in Southwest Florida maple is not a common, easily obtainable wood and I can not find a store around here that even carries clearly marked douglas fir. Not in the thicknesses I need for a workbench anyways. So Pine it is. After making a prelim trip to scout out the wood piles my choices are Southern Yellow Pine, SFP or Whitewood.
From looking through the piles the SYP was actually the most beat up, twisted and knot filled bunch in the store in 2×4. The SFP was fairly clear but would require a little digging due to twists & bows and such. The whitewood I looked through was clear and dead straight. during my research I was under the impression that whitewood was pretty much garbage that they could not label as anything else. I did however look at their SYP 2×10 and although they were not as clean as the whitewood it was pretty straight and twist free
So this leads to my 2 part question
2. Am I better off buying 2×10’s and ripping them in 1/2 vs. buying 2×4’s. I am not concerned about the little bit of extra time this will take.
One more side note. This will not be a huge bench and it will be pretty close to a split top roubo bench with the exception of it have a large face vise vs. a leg vise. I may save up and buy a benchcrafted leg vise and add it to the other side of the bench at a later date which is why I am building the bench in that style now. the final dimensions will be aroun 2ft x 5ft
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