I’m researching inexpensive wood for my upcoming LEXL build. I have worked with wood for 50 years, and have much experience selecting, cutting, surfacing, and gluing all types of wood.
I will be building on an extremely tight budget, and in the spirit of the original Legal Eagle builds, I want to save money as long as my material choices are adequate.
I was at a Menards lumber yesterday, and noticed a pile of premium, select, hemlock fir 2x4’s. Several had more than 10 grains per inch growth rings, and very straight, even grain. I selected one that only had one small knot, and seemed fairly light.
Today, I sawed and planed a sample for measuring and weighing to determine the density. The wood sawed and planed cleanly, and the scrap pieces seemed strong and not prone to splitting or cracking.
I microwaved the piece for 30 seconds at a time, (3 times) until the weight loss slowed down. I came up with 28.98 pounds per cubic foot density.
This wood seems stronger overall than the Sitka spruce I have on hand, that I use for stringed instruments. It is about 10% heavier. I’m considering using this for the ribs. Has anyone else used hemlock?