Master firewood maker
This will be my thread documenting the build of my next and hopefully last bench. I will post lots of pics, and ask questions as I go.
I can't get doug fir anyway in the 2x3s, so I think I will now be going with a 2x12 16 foot and a 2x8 8 foot sized framing lumber. That should give me enough that I can machine it as needed and glue up a solid DF top.Chris have you given any thought to using something wider than a 2x3 for the top, maybe a 2x10? That would be less waste with only two edges to remove and you could get 4 widths out of each board. It would also give you an extra 1/4" to your top thickness (minus blade thickness) which could be a plus or minus depending on your needs. I haven't priced anything, but that is one thing I am considering for my bench build.
I do not know why the construction lumber industry defines the sizes the way that they do, but starting with "8in" the width is 1/4in not 1/2in. :furious:i went back and got the doug fir ... one 16 foot long 2x10. i had them cut it in half for me so i could get it in the car.
it bugs me that even though it is sold as a 2x10, in reality it was 1 1/2 x 9 1/4. i was kinda counting on that extra 1/4"
time to make a new rip and cut list.
Since you only have the crappy Skil table saw, then you have to either use this or hand saw which is a LOT of elbow grease.So, the problem now is ... how the heck am I going to mill this stuff? I have what could be considered one of the cheapest, crappiest little table saws made ... a Skil 3400. I guess I'll just try to send it through and see what happens.