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Posted on If you're looking for SYP in Chicago, or N. Illinois (or S. Wisconsin, from what I can tell)

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#1 posted 03-13-2018 04:14 AM

GMC: That and (more) affordable land/property costs. Hardwoods, generally, seem pricey here. Both of those things definitely help with the hobby. I’m very lucky to have a single family bungalow in my neighborhood with a garage off the alley. My girlfriend is nice enough to street park. The flip side is that you can walk to every sort of cuisine, bar, etc, in a couple blocks, and everything besides good wood is close. So tradeoffs, like everything I guess. There are some beautiful spots down state, tho.

ArtMann: I’m new to the game but SYP seems like a good economical wood for a variety of tasks, including workbenches. We have Douglas Fir in all the big boxes around here and I like the SYP better. Since Chris Schwarz made much to do about using it for an on the cheap workbench, I’d saw it all down and ship it bulk to the needy folk in the upper midwest and west, for a premium, hah.

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