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    I have a Panda intarsia pattern that I want to begin working on. On the panda bear, one area requires a white wood. What can I do to find this type of wood. Can I buy this or will I have to stain. Please let me know. As you know, the panda has a white face and tummy. Any ideas? regards.

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    Aspen, maple or basswood (lime) are usually good selections for white colors. I don't know where you'd buy them from, but if you ask at a local lumber yard...

    Gill
    There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
    (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)

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    • #3
      i use aspen for my white wood. Readily available at Menards or Home Depot

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      • #4
        I did a project recently (see my gallery) with white wood (aspen was recommended) but could not find it locally. I substituted a real white poplar. Very satisfied with results. To date I am not a fan of staining wood. I like to get close to the natural color with the wood and use a clear non yellowing finish. I used 3 coats of Varathane Crystal Clear Satin Diamond Wood Finish. Looking forward to seeing that panda.
        Bob
        Scrolling satisfies the passion for intricate creativity. My saw is an Excalibur EX21.

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        • #5
          Thank you all for the great ideas. I will go to the wood store this weekend and buy. Thanks again.

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          • #6
            I live in Orange County in California and last night I took my daughter shopping and I suddenly found a wood store. I stopped and oh my, they have every type of wood from 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 1 in thickness along with every type of wood working tool imaginable. I am in heaven. I found Maple and other woods that covered every color I would ever need. Anyone in my area needs this info, let me know and I will tell you the location. Regards

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            • #7
              Poplar

              I use a LOT of poplar for scrolling. You will like it for the white wood for intarsia but be sure to select a piece that doesn't have a lot of heart wood in it. Poplar tends to have colors in the heart wood ranging from green to brown to purple. It stains well but it's really hard to find a whole board that is really white. Good stuff though.
              If it don't fit, don't force it....get a bigger hammer!!

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              • #8
                For a panda, you want really white, not just light colored. Holly is the only thing that comes to mind, but it can be kinda pricey. I used cypress with pickling white stain for the horse in my gallery.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by KLD2246
                  I live in Orange County in California and last night I took my daughter shopping and I suddenly found a wood store. I stopped and oh my, they have every type of wood from 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 1 in thickness along with every type of wood working tool imaginable. I am in heaven. I found Maple and other woods that covered every color I would ever need. Anyone in my area needs this info, let me know and I will tell you the location. Regards
                  yes I would like to know the store you have found. the name and address. I live not to far from Orange County. thanks in advance. your friend Evie
                  PS.... OH BOY OH BOY.

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                  • #10
                    KLD,
                    I'd like the name and address of the wonderful wood store too. I live quite a ways from OC, but I could always plan to go there (wood store) for a vacation.
                    Sandy

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