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What are the downsides of using Home Depot whitewood (spruce/pine/fir) for a sawhorse?

The biggest downside is warped wood. However, if you select carefully (I've been known to paw through 1/2 a stack of lumber looking for straight 2x4s), you shouldn't have too much issue. Remember, ...
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Guidance on building a ladder, but not just any ladder

Securing the steps: is there a best practice for how deep to cut the notch into the 2x4? An oft-used rule of thumb for cutting these grooves (housing joints) is 1/3 of the original material. This is ...
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Using white oak for underwater wall of pond - need to dry at all first or not?

I don't know of any data about whether fully wet applications are better using the wood green or previously dried. Some applications requiring the wood to be constantly wet in service did start with ...
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2.7m Oak bench under window - what material? Veneered MDF seems too thin

If you're building this in an area you know children are going to interact with regularly (especially unsupervised naturally) then I wouldn't suggest standard veneer is the way to go, it's just too ...
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How heavy should the drawer front be?

A solid wood front added to an existing drawer box will be absolutely fine. If anything, it’ll be better, as it will give a solid ‘thunk’ when it closes.
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How to identify big-box store pine and poplar species?

How would I identify the species being sold at these stores without having to buy them and subject them to testing? A serious answer to this is: become an expert in the subject. That is literally the ...
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