Luthiers use spruce, though they want straight-grained with closely
spaced growth rings. The face of many stringed instruments, including
most violins, are made from spruce. Most of the rest of a violin
is made from hardwood, curly maple being a favorite, though some
fir may be used in the interior.
Howard Hughes build the "Spruce Goose" (largest plane in the world at the time)
out of it because he said that it was very light and stronger than most light
I've never heard of it having problems like sap leaking like pine or splintering
like oak... never had any to play with, though...
I would guess that there are several types of spruce??
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It was never _named_ the spruce goose. Hughes always insisted on the
"Hercules" or the HK-4 / H-4. The "spruce goose" was just a label cooked
up by a newspaper and Hughes famously hated it.
In the recent film I think it's the corrupt Sen. Brewster who coins the
term, but in reailty he didn't have the wit for this and just called it
a "a flying lumberyard"
I have worked with both pine and spruce and they are very similar. I have
use both on the same project, a Tack box, and it turned out really well.
Same experience with a Saddle Rack.
I did find the spruce could split easily when nailing or screwing close to
the ends, however a bit of care and the use of a pilot hole readily resolved
I'm sure you or another ww could find a good use for the spruce.
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