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#1 posted 01-28-2018 12:02 AM

Spruce is soft? Not up here in Canada it s not. All our houses are framed in Spruce. (I did a few Dozen.) It s hard and is not easy to work with for anything that you want a nice finish on. In fact you can t get a nice finish on it.

Rick #2 …lol…

- Rick

I m “up here” in Canada too, for sure Spruce (I think its spruce anyways, Home Depot SPF Spruce-Pine-Fir stuff) is strong, great for framing, but its pretty soft, just try digging your fingernail into it. With a little carelessness its easy to get stuff embedded in it which can scratch workpieces. As I m putting a vice and an inset vice on the bench, it ll be some hassle to redo the top very often…...

Anyways I like the idea of thin coats of thinned poly on top of a roughly sanded surface. (Dont have any shellac).

- unclearthur

Spruce, Pine and Fir are 3 totally different types of wood. I’ve built my 3 Living Room Tables from PINE. I could NOT have done it with SPRUCE! You: (“I think its spruce anyways,”) You don’t know the difference between Spruce and Pine? Spruce is also NOT Soft. Pine IS Soft. Good luck digging your Fingernail into Spruce..

I don’t know what part of Canada You live in but in Ontario they would never use PINE for Framing a House! Pine would cost at least twice as much to frame a house, compared to Spruce. Yes! I know what I’m talking about I still do some consulting and ran a General Contracting Company building Custom Homes for many years.

Good luck on your Workbench.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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