Boards for the Bench Top

One of the hardest things about building anything here is finding nice wood. It seems that if you want anything better than standard construction lumber, you’re up the creek. That’s bizarre in a country that does so much logging and has so much nice exotic wood (I guess it’s mostly exported).

At least for a bench top, standard construction lumber is just fine. Since I’ll be using 2x6s for my legs, I needed something that would match it in thickness (I’ll be tenoning the legs up into the bench top). Thus these lovely 2x4s.

The first step is to plane them down. This, of course, led to big snag #1.