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post #1 of 10 Old 03-18-2010, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Will my legs hold up?

I picked up a pallet that had 2 perfect 4x4s in it. No knots, straight grain. I started making legs for my work bench. Didn't like them, too short. Well, those 4x4s are scrap now. So I went to Home Depot for more 4x4s. What a bunch of lousey sh**. I would be ashamed to sell a product like that for that amount of money knowing that my costomers can find better in the trash.

By the way, Lowes no longer sells 4x4s at the Burton store. What the...?

Anyway, I had no choice but to buy them. They are full of little knots and the corners are gouged up pretty bad. I will have to plane quite a bit off them. And they have cracks starting in them.

Is there a way to stop the cracking or is this a project that will end up in the trash after a couple months because it looks like junk?
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Daryl, You could straighten 4x4s and use them for structural, then wrap them with 1X for looks.

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Thats a good idea, if I have too. Won't have much of a choice.
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I bought the 4x4s at HD instead of Lowes because Lowes did not have any. I asked where they were and was told that they do not carry 4x4s at the Burton location.

I just called the main office and complained to them and they called the Burton store while I waited. The store told them that they do not sell the 4x4s. They will however special order them for me. So when I want to build something I have to special order the wood? Anyway, the person on the phone said that a management person would be calling me withing 24 hours. I don't know what they can say or do for me but only a good 4x4 will pacify me.
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4X4 what Fir, Spruce, PT SYP? I haven't seen any of those species without at least 1 knot. Why not just double up 2X4 it's a work bench right.

The good thing about 2X4 is it's easier to splice in cross braces.
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Personally I would also just laminate them together they will turn out cleaner and won't crack or twist and you could use 4/4 , 6/4, 8/4, 2x4. basically whatever you got laying around maybe. After all its just a workbench and you must have a clamp or 2.
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I have found that the big box guys carry nothing but trash for wood. I go to the small lumberyards in my area-local places-they carry good wood. It's about 10% more but they carry wood that's STRAIGHT and has nice tight growth rings. When you check out the lumber at the big box places, the growth rings are huge-looks like very young wood, and it rarely stays straight.
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Note, all the lumber yds in my area have piles of pallets sitting somewhere on site, they get left there by the shippers. Most of the pallets are pine, (minimum cost) sometimes there's a couple oak pallets.

In general, (ask 1st) they let customers walk away with them for free, it's cheaper than busting them up and transporting it to the landfill or incinerator. I pick up a couple 3 pine pallets every few yrs for my compose bins, they're great.

17 yrs ago I built this doll crib frame for my youngest daughter out of an oak pallet, I got for free at the Lumb yd. she was 4 then and played with it for many yrs.

One might also consider checking into their local landfill or stump dump, many have mulch areas that also take downed trees to grind into chips for municipal projects.
Our local DPW has their own area where the tree wardens take trees removed for whatever reason. They burn them late in the winter or bury them if the public doesn't cut them up for fire wood or furniture.
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Anyway, I had no choice but to buy them.

Hi Daryl,

I'm not really very fussy about wood going into a workbench, but if I was, I guess I'd just laminate some nice legs from some 4/4 red oak or ash? I build furniture quality things with 3 and 4" laminated legs with good results. My workbench (that I built in 1974), has painted cedar 4x4 legs and varnished 2x4 hemlock stretchers.
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I'm not really too picky about how a bench looks either. But since I am getting reinterested in woodworking after many years of neglect I thought I would try to do a nice job. To me, "not being picky" does not mean that I am not bothered by the piece splitting all over. I just think that when you pay over $7 for a 4x4 it should be a piece of lumber that you can be glad you bought.

By the way, the manager at Lowes did call me back. He confirmed that the Burton store soes not carry 4x4s because they do not have room for proper storage and sales on that item are so low that they end up warping. That seems odd since I have had 4x4s for years that did not warp a fraction of what most of the lumber at HD is warped. I think they have a processing issue.

Anyway, he said that anytime I need a 4x4 they could get one (or however many) from the Flint store if I could not go over there. He also said that his 4x4s are $5 and some odd cents, whereas HDs are Over $7. And I know their quality is a lot better.
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