So I purchased this Guild project over about a year ago and I'm finally getting my gears ready to start building my bench. Due to the size of my shop I'm probably going to have to reduce the length of it some and was wondering if those of you that have built this bench already could let me know if I need to be concerned about anything if I shorten the bench to approximately 78" but keep the overhangs at the tail and leg vices the same as on the drawings. I'm not very verse at using sketchup so don't know how to go in and make these changes to the file.
I've been reading the other threads about this build and it appears that most everyone seems to think this build is better suite with lumber that is in the general hardness scale as soft maple or higher. Soft maple at my local supplier here in Georgia is at $4.34/bf so that would put my lumber purchase at a little over $800 which really stings. Was seriously considering southern yellow pine, which they sell for $1.93/bf but they can't tell me if it's long leaf or short leaf yellow pine because it gets mixed together down here in the south. There is a big difference in the hardness of these two species so now I'm shying away from the yellow pine route. May just have to suck it up and pony up for the soft maple. They have 8/4 and 4/4 boards that are 8' long so that should work well for the length bench I'm planning to build. Only problem is they don't have many boards that are close to 5" wide or 10" wide like Marc suggested in the build videos so looks like I would have to plan on more waste than I was hoping for.
This will be my first build using big lumber like this with extensive glue up/laminations. Is it a problem to just start slowly acquiring the lumber by hand selecting boards from what they have now and hand picking the rest as it becomes available. This way it will help on the wallet and I can buy with less waste. I wouldn't think on a project like this it would matter buying the boards from different suppliers and/or shipments of the wood to the same supplier.
Any input you experienced Roubo builders can give me would be greatly welcomed. Thanks