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    What is the best wood (plywood) for the scroll saw (fretsaw)? I've heard good things about the birch, but i'm not sure because i want to buy some sheets of various thicknesses.

    Thanks a lot and sorry for my bad english!

  • #2
    Baltic birch is probably the favorite plywood among most scrollers. Finnish birch is very comparable. This is different than birch veneered plywood, so make sure you know what you are getting.
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    • #3
      Baltic birch is easy to work with and usually not that expensive. You can buy sheets of various thicknesses and there is no leftover because you will always find something else to make when you finish your project.
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      • #4
        It partly depends on what you want to cut and how thick the wood should be. For my 1/4" jigsaw puzzles, I prefer 5-ply poplar from Wildwood Designs. It's the purest poplar I have found and the poplar cuts easier (using fewer blades) and the resulting puzzle is tighter than Baltic Birch. Try some.....

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        • #5
          You have peeked my curiosity, if you use the same blade why is the poplar tighter than the birch ply?
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          • #6
            I've kind of wondered about that myself.

            I used Baltic Burch for a many years before switching to Poplar. I didn't get mine from Wildwood like Carter, so my experience might differ.

            Here's my theory:
            When I cut puzzles on BB the blade leaves the cut edges shiny, burnished if you will, so when the pieces go together there is less friction between them and they appear to be easier to get apart. Maybe BB has more dense fibers?

            Poplar, on the other hand, seems like a less dense wood. So when I cut a puzzle, using the same blades, same saw speed etc.., the resulting cut isn't as shiny or burnished as the Birch. I'll bet if you compare the cut surfaces from the 2, under magnification, the poplar would have, what appears to be, more ragged fibers. Of course you don't see this with the naked eye, but the less burnished cut would seem to have a tendency to "hang" together better, and appear to be tighter.?

            I don't know, maybe I'm just over thinking it.


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