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    I've recently purchased the Victorian Sleigh plan from Wildwood Designs, and I plan on making this out of 1/4 inch plywood.

    I've never used 1/4 inch plywood for a fret work project.  Can anybody help me with any advice or what to look for when choosing the wood?  Does the thinner plywood have gaps throughout the wood like the thicker stock does? there a better wood I should look into?

    There is a Rockler's near me and the guys there are great.  However, any additional help would be greatly appreciated.


  • #2
    Re: Plywood question

    I would look for marine grade plywood, it's scanned for voids and 'repaired' before it's sent from the factory.

    Also use a slow feed, plywood is known to chip easily and isn't my choice for any type of delicate scrolling!


    • #3
      Re: Plywood question

      Hi, I agree with the marine plywood. I tried hardwood plywood, thinking that it would be better because it cost more. No way. Tried birch and oak, and had serious problems using both. Softwood seemed to work better. Have you thought about planing pine or cedar down to the desired thickness. Or even buying cedar or pine wainscotting. Its thin and might fill the bill. I'm not really prone to using plywood. :-[


      • #4
        Re: Plywood question

        Personally I would not choose plywood to do any scrollsawed project that is designed for indoor use. But being that said you want to use either Baltic birch plywood or Finnish birch plywood. You want plywood with a finnish side on both sides because they are both going to show. I have in the past used oak plywood 1/4' with a finish side on both sides but that gets expensive so I use hard woods instead. The baltic birch will take a stain but you will want to use a stain conditioner when staining to prevent blotching. Good luck!
        John T.


        • #5
          Re: Plywood question

          Thanks for the feedback. I've decided to stay away from plywood. It only makes sense that if I'm going to put that kind of time and effort into a project, I don't want to have to worry about chipping, etc.

          Thanks again!


          • #6
            Re: Plywood question

            I have used both solid wood and plywood for many projects. Each year for Ash Wednesday I create and cut 300 small crosses out of 1/4 inch plywood and mount a magnet on the back so it can be placed on the refrigerator door. Depending on the plywood, either black walnut or oak I stack cut 4 or 5 at a time. The tearout is so minor that you can`t notice it. The secret is to use a quality blade, all I use are Precision Ground Olson Blades. A lot of success is dependent on your rate of feed.


            • #7
              Re: Plywood question

              The best blade for cutting any plywood is the fd two way cut blade.
              Last longer and about half the price.


              • #8
                Re: Plywood question

                I agree with Morly about the Flying Dutcman blades . My choice is the FD-SR ones. Way way less money and a lot better sharper and cleaner cutting blade and of course they last longer as well.


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