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277398 Chuck Taylor 2023‑05‑23 Re: Rough sawn Douglas fir
Rick B wrote:

> Gentlemen, I had the fortune of obtaining some #2 sized 8" by8" by 24' long.
> I have some sold already but have a few pics left. Located in northern
> would be willing to sell or trade for it. If your wanting to make a stout
bench hot me up offline.
> But for discussion purposes what kind of bench would you make from this

and Don Schwarz wrote:

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I built the base of my bench - butt-jointed with all-thread in grooves -
with 3 & 4in Doug Fir. And vise liners. Still have some hunks left. The 
split top was provided by LV. Very happy with the result. It's heavy and 
reasonably attractive, and was built in little time. Probably any bench 
advocated by Schwarz or Sellars would suit. My only reservation with it 
is that it can produce nasty irritating splinters, which is one reason 
to use something else for the top.
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I would have used Douglas Fir for my workbench in a heartbeat if I hadn't had
ready access to Bigleaf Maple. The 8x8's should be fine, especially if they were
salvaged from an old building (which would likely mean that it was old growth).
Just watch out for fresh-cut timbers with widely-spaced growth rings and the
pith in the center. You sometimes find 4x4's at the Borg that way.

With Doug Fir you want tight growth rings, quarter-sawn if possible. 

I'd be tempted to build a Roubo-type bench with the stuff Rick is offering.
Besides Schwarz's books, check out The Workbench Book by Scott Landis. Paul
Sellers' videos are all about laminated tops and legs, and with 8x8's you
wouldn't need to laminate smaller stock to get suitably thick timbers.

Chuck Taylor
north of Seattle, in the heart of Douglas Fir country

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