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Sourcing Southern Yellow Pine 2x (or 8/4) for workbench top

  • 18 Apr 2024 5:42 AM
    Reply # 13345023 on 13343643
    Julie Niemeyer (Administrator)

    Hi Jim,

    I sometimes find just this sort of thing at Building Materials Resources in Sherwood  https://www.materialforless.com/products/lumber/

    Julie Niemeyer

  • 17 Apr 2024 6:27 AM
    Reply # 13344560 on 13343643

    I would also consider Doug fir to be our local substitute and I often buy the bigger cross sections of building material and resaw - I have found the quality is a little better in 4x6 stock. Challenge is that most need a few months to dry out and still end up costing a little over $3/bf.  I would also price out 4/4 beech from hardwood industries as a comparison (and whatever hardwood is in their bargain pile).  In the end, it might be a small cost to upgrade to hardwood and it makes a much better bench.

  • 16 Apr 2024 10:41 AM
    Reply # 13344198 on 13343643
    Ken R Hall (Administrator)

    Southern Yellow Pine is suggested for this bench because it's equivalent, Douglas Fir, is not readily available in the eastern  US.

    Be sure  to look at the Douglas Fir FAS lumber that is available from Sustainable Northwest Lumber. You may  get better quality at a similar price to HoneDepot.  Douglas Fir is very similar  to SYP.

  • 15 Apr 2024 12:16 PM
    Reply # 13343670 on 13343643

    I think I saw some at Crosscut a few weeks ago. Furniture grade likely, not cheap. I too am working on a very modified version of this bench and went with 2x12x10' from Home Despot (Doug Fir, not SYP). As mentioned in the book, these are typically less nasty than 2x4 or 2x8 studs and usually less picked over. I have had them in my garage for about a month now.  I plan to start cutting them down to 5' sections and maybe even ripping them down if they seem dry enough. 

    Honestly though I'm likely way over my head.  

    Last modified: 15 Apr 2024 12:16 PM | Tom Whitehead
  • 15 Apr 2024 11:31 AM
    Message # 13343643
    James Garrison (Administrator)

    I'm planning to start working on The Anarchist's Workbench, which calls for 2x12x8' SYP (2x6 would do). 

    The usual suspects don't seem to have this available, I've tried BMR, Long Bros and Conrads so far, and none of them could point me to a supplier.

    Any suggestions on where to find it in the Portland area?

    If it's just unavailable, how about a substitute that's hard and stable enough, and won't cost an arm and a leg vise?

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