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    I bought some oak plywood at Lowes. I keep breaking the small bird pins and ornaments I've been trying to scroll. See I keep shrinking down larger bird patterns to hang on a tree, or pin on a shirt or blouse.

    Well I gotta tell ya, I love oak! Man this stuff can take a beating from my clumbsy hands, the saw, and even my powercarfter. It's soo much easyier to work with for me.

    I don't want to tell you how many birch plywood pieces are sitting in what I call my pile of shame. Carol calls it my experiance pile, she's starting going through it and breaking off chioce pieces and taping them to her monitor.

    At the rate I was going she would have the monitor covered in wooden leaf pieces in another week. haha. Same that the oak makes me a better scroller, now she'll have to wait for me to make a real monitor frame.

    Wonder if there's a market for monitor frames? hehe.
    John Patrick, Bird Oasis
    www.birdoasis.com
    Using Dewalt DW788. Working on a new line of birdhouses and bird feeders for the store.

    I welcome any and all ideas for bird friendly scrolling.

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    I like Oak, too. Red Oak, but then that's what oak plywood is made of, I believe. I'm using oak plywood to build a bookcase, but for scrolling, I much prefer hardwood. Don't have to worry about seeing the bands on the edges, I guess.

    I think Oak's a gorgeous wood, it's inexpensive, readily available, and scrolls well. I typically stack cut 6 1/8" pieces and use a #2R blade - works great.

    I have other favorite woods, too, but to date I've used oak most. I did just recently scroll some ornaments (1/8") in maple, and they seemed the most fragile of all the wood species I used. Could I have gotten that "other" kind of maple (not Hard Maple)? It was sold as simply, "Maple."
    Kevin

    Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. -- Dr. Seuss

    NEW DeWalt 788 and that old, Jimmy- Jerry- and Kevin-rigged Delta 40-560

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    • #3
      It isn't plywood, my bad.

      It's actually solid oak. I was thinking plywood. I found some at home depot that is 8 in wide, which will allow me to use some of the patterns I have at near full size at least.

      Thanks for your help!
      John Patrick, Bird Oasis
      www.birdoasis.com
      Using Dewalt DW788. Working on a new line of birdhouses and bird feeders for the store.

      I welcome any and all ideas for bird friendly scrolling.

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      • #4
        BirdOasis, check out www.heritagewood.com for wide pieces made for us scrollers.
        Mick, - Delta P-20

        A smile is a small curve that straightens everything out.

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        • #5
          You can get red oak up to 8" wide in 3/8" and 7" wide in 1/2" from http://www.sloanswoodshop.com/. I've bought all my wood from this outfit and always had positive results.
          Mike

          Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
          www.picturetrail.com/naturephotos

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          • #6
            I believe you can buy from SCROLLER catalog Oak Ply that will hold up like birch ply will. Jeff Z, promotes it for his patterns.

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            • #7
              Wish I could find some decent oak plywood around here. I have used solid oak for many years but now the price of it is getting probitive. So in searching for oak ply all I can find is cabinet grade with voids in the center layers and others are partical board filler between two very thin veneers of oak. That is fine for cabinet work because they use the iron on oak veneer around the edges. But it is no good for scrolling.
              So in desperation I have reluctantly turned to baltic birch ply and have developed some staining techniques that are working quite well for me as shown here.





              I know it is not as good as solid woods but they cost a fraction of the price for the wood which results in more sales and from a few feet back it really is hard for the average person to tell the difference. I sell these clocks for at least $100.00 less than their solid wood counterparts.
              W.Y.
              http://www.picturetrail.com/willyswoodcrafting

              The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us

              Delta P-20 Scroll Saw, 14" x 43" Craftex Wood Lathe and Jet 10" Mini Lathe .

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              • #8
                I've turned to solid wood from lowes until I determine if it will work for me. One thing I've figured out is that I've been moving too fast. Slower really is better. hehe.
                John Patrick, Bird Oasis
                www.birdoasis.com
                Using Dewalt DW788. Working on a new line of birdhouses and bird feeders for the store.

                I welcome any and all ideas for bird friendly scrolling.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by William Young (SE BC) View Post
                  Wish I could find some decent oak plywood around here. I have used solid oak for many years but now the price of it is getting probitive. So in searching for oak ply all I can find is cabinet grade with voids in the center layers and others are partical board filler between two very thin veneers of oak. That is fine for cabinet work because they use the iron on oak veneer around the edges. But it is no good for scrolling.
                  So in desperation I have reluctantly turned to baltic birch ply and have developed some staining techniques that are working quite well for me as shown here.





                  I know it is not as good as solid woods but they cost a fraction of the price for the wood which results in more sales and from a few feet back it really is hard for the average person to tell the difference. I sell these clocks for at least $100.00 less than their solid wood counterparts.
                  W.Y.
                  Excelente tu trbajo. Serias tan amable de pasar el patron de los mismos. desde ya muchas gracias.

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