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    I began doing those little compound cut figures you know the reindeer snowman etc xmas ornaments what kind of woods best for that i have tried pine but have settle on my carving wood which is basswood, it might be a bit more expensive but works pretty well, is it cheaper to glue up like 1 x and use that? and do tghety hold together better with a different wood?

  • #2
    I generally use poplar.
    Jim
    When looking at the clock at work--the correct time is:
    Too early to leave, too late to call in.

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    • #3
      I use both laminated as well as solid. It depends on wood availability at time I am doing project. I even use different wood species. I do keep my choices of species that are compatible. Hard wood to hardwoods, soft woods to soft woods.

      It becomes a bit more important with pattern placement with the laminated pieces.
      cwmagee
      aka Fibber
      Producer of fancy firewood​

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      • #4
        I think bass wood is too soft as is the soft pine, I like poplar and the harder pines. For really tiny stuff I like cherry. This was cut in pine as you can see it is fuzzy and some antlers are missing. small deer 2.jpg
        Rolf
        RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
        Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
        Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
        And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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        • #5
          I use Ash for the Miniature Birdhouse Ornaments.
          Denny
          ArtCrafters in Dayton, TN

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          • #6
            thank you all

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            • #7
              For the reindeer I use Mahogany because it is soft enough to cut but finishes nicely. For the min birdhouses I use whatever hardwood I have available. Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Alder, Maple. I have even used Redheart, Yellowheart and Purpleheart. And some soft woods like Red Cedar and Reddwood.
              Dan in So.Ca.

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              • #8
                Angel 3d.jpgC Horse3.jpgDragon.jpgREINDEER 4.jpg I make 3d cut toys by the hundreds. Reindeer, horses, dragons, swans, and angels. I have tried every wood I could think of and found that , although poplar and basswood work well, sugar pine works best. I do not put any finish on them . I know hardwoods finish much nicer than softwoods do.
                Last edited by Jim Finn; 01-22-2020, 03:02 PM.
                Hegner Polymax- 3,Hegner Multimax-3,
                "No PHD, just a DD 214"

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                • #9
                  I use poplar, basswood, butternut and pine. Avoid any knots. They may look cool but often far apart. Pine can be harder to cut then the others because of the pronounced grain which the blade tends to follow.
                  Scott
                  Creator of fine designer sawdust.

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                  • #10
                    Jim, Is the sugar pine the harder denser grain?
                    Rolf
                    RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
                    Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
                    Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
                    And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Rolf View Post
                      Jim, Is the sugar pine the harder denser grain?
                      No, It is quite soft and sands nicely. It is true, the gain may cause cuts that are not as straight and you can get using other woods, but with diligence I can overcome this problem. I actually cut the long cuts (Front view) with my band saw and the profile with my scroll saw.
                      Hegner Polymax- 3,Hegner Multimax-3,
                      "No PHD, just a DD 214"

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