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Probably already well in to the project now, but, 2×12 are just fine. I use a lot of 2x construction material for building. There are things you have to do with it though to make it work. When selection stock get it as straight and twist free as possible, find stuff will minimal knots, avoid pith boards, and as dry as you can find. 2x’s are often barely dried and case hardened so you have to plan on drying time, cutting thick and planning out twist/cup.
I find them to be great cheapish practice for doing resawing and stock prep for rough cut timber.
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