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Posted on Roubo workbench with Doug fir??

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#1 posted 12-31-2017 03:54 PM

Southern Yellow Pine is harder (and heavier) than Douglas fir. Alder is softer than either one. If you have easy access to SYP at price no more than the other two species, use it. Ponderosa Pine is from the West Coast, not considered to be in the SYP family, and is pretty soft. You could make a workbench out of it (mine is made from Spruce, since that’s what I can get cheap here) but you might as well not. You can check out hardness and densities here:

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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