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    Hi to all, i,m new to 3 D SS cutting, i i magine soft wood is the best choice for the job, anyone tried hard wood, of is it just too hard to work with ?
    I got a supply of spruce, mabye some pine later, what is mont popular ?

    Regards.

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    I use sugar pine.
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    • #3
      It is easy for me to get poplar, do that is my primary wood.
      Jim
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      • #4
        For really small delicate projects I use harder woods with a tight grain, like Cherry. I don't like really soft woods as they tend to be too fuzzy when cut.
        Nice cutting Jim!. Love the Dragon.
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        • #5
          I use hardwood it is harder and slower to cut but the end product is way better. Walnut, Cherry, oak, maple it is a good way to use all the little pieces of scrap from other projects.
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          • #6
            I don't recommend very soft woods as a lot of fuzzies. I mostly use Ash, but many other hardwoods are fine except the extremely hard ones.
            Denny
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            • #7
              I use all kinds of woods the key for me is using blades without reverse teeth.
              Flying Dutchman POLAR #5 or Pegas Super Skip #5.



              Reverse teeth pull the sawdust backup into the cut. doing 3d does not need that and without reverse teeth clears the sawdust easier on thick wood
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              • #8
                Having made 100,s of the 3D projects and tried a lot of woods my go to wood is Basswood.
                Normally thought of as a carvers wood. Cuts good with very little grain.

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                • #9
                  Cherry, maple and walnut are my favorites. I have cut some in Ash but the strong grain makes it difficult. I cut with FD Polar and also PS Super Sharps which cut great but expensive.

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                  • #10
                    Tight grain woods really work best. Yes, they do not cut as fast, but the cuts tend to ne truer which is critical to protect fragile small details. Many newbies think pine is easy and it shou/d be easy but scroll saw blades will tend to follow grain lines, so it is harder for some people to control their cuts. As a newbie start with poplar, basswood, and soft maple.
                    Scott
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