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    What wood should I use for a first project and some there after?

  • #2
    I think you would be best to start off using a soft wood such as pine or poplar. If you have it handy or can get it easy enough I would use something 3/8 to 1/2 inch thick. For first projects I would pick up a copy of John Nelson's book "Scroll Saw Workbook". If you take it setp my step you will be a master in no time. Good Luck and Happy Scrolling.

    Creator of fine designer sawdust.


    • #3
      The type of wood you use is a personal preference.
      Select a project and imagine it in your favorite wood, then go from there.

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


      • #4
        I personally don't like pine for scrolling- I am afraid if you use that to learn you will get discouraged in a hurry- pine doesnt scroll well at all for me - it breaks to easy- I use baltic birch plywood i get from home depot- a 1/4 inch sheet is $ 20--1/2 inch is $30- for a 4 x 8 sheet and they will cut it down for you . just be sure to store it flat and away from drafts - including heat vents
        I have a sheet cut into 6 pieces and that way i can have big projects in a same grain line and then cut the size I need for smaller one myself


        • #5
          As we scroll we learn more and more about the materials we use.
          I started by using some cheap plywood paneling that splintered like crazy.
          Then I tried MDF, sawdust like crazy, but it is a consistent product that allows for consistent cuts
          I have used pine but it is best to get close grained stuff, the dark rings can slow down the blade and the softer pith can let it cut fast.
          I do like using it for some segmentation projects because I can incorporate the grain into the project. It is also very easy to sand.

          I do like Baltic birch ply for fretwork and for jigs and boxes.

          I also like hardwoods for the same things, but the grain has to be just right or it is a waste of good money.
          It is hard to give a definitive answer if we do not know what you want to make.

          I look back now at some of my first projects and think of how much better they would have been if I had used the best material for the project.
          So let us know what you would like to scroll and we can help.
          "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
          Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21


          • #6
            It's a Murphy's Law thing. If you just use some cheap scrap ply or hardboard, your first work will turn out great. If you get a nice piece of wood, well...

            A lot depends on what pattern you choose first.



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