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    Another question? Can anyone give me an Idea about the projects where I would use 1/8" verses using 1/4" I've just been messing around for a a couple of weeks and am ready to do some easy projects like silloutes and perhaps some small puzzles. I'd also appreciate it if you might mention some other projects you've done and the type of wood / thickness you've used.

  • #2
    People use 1/8" for portraits but they have a backer piece. I use 1/8" wood for accent pieces only. !/4" is fine for making boxes for clocks and things. I am not a puzzle maker but hear people use 1/4" for puzzles.
    John T.


    • #3
      I use 1/8 hardwoods for ornaments and for pieces mounted on a hardwood plaque. I'll use 1/8-5/8 for pieces mounted in a shadowbox frame. !/8 ply makes excellent backer boards as is great for detailed portraits.
      ‎"Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They're easier to ignore before you see their faces. It's easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes."

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      • #4
        Use 1/4" for jigsaw puzzles. 1/8" is hard to control for fine cuts and tight locks, is susceptible to warping and just doesn't look and feel as professional. I've sometimes used 3/16" just for variety but I don't like the finished product as well.



        • #5
          I've used both 1/8" and 1/4" for ornaments. Some ornaments look better with 1/4". Other than ornaments, I don't use 1/8".

          There's a fine line between woodworking and insanity, I'm just not sure which side of the line I'm on!


          • #6
            I use 1/8th plywood or hard wood for backing on my potraits and for overlays on certain shelv's an clocks. I like the look of 1/8 for xmas ornaments alot more lacy an delicate. easyer to cut in a stack for fragile work. look at the jennefer clock , it has 1/8 pieces on the sides. very beautiful.
            Last edited by minowevie; 01-21-2006, 08:31 PM.


            • #7
              harrisg, I use 1/8" Finnish birch plywood for all my portraits and scenery pictures with 1/8" luan plywood for the backboard. I use 1/8" solid mahogany, cherry, walnut and red oak for cutting butterflies. Mick.
              Last edited by Mick Walker; 12-11-2005, 11:11 AM.
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              • #8
                I use 1/8 for silouettes, portraits, overlays, inlays, ornaments, filler strips on boxes and tons of other stuff. I use 1/4 for silouettes, portraits, overlays, inlays, ornaments, filler strips on boxes and tons of other stuff. Hmmm, come to think of it, I use them pretty much interchangeably, hehehe. The additional items that I'll use 1/4 on are boxes, small shelves, business card holders and clock faces. Most of my mini-clocks are cut from 3/8 to 1/2 and tambour style clocks I cut from 3/4.
                I know, more info than you wanted, but I'm killing time at work. LOL.

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