ScrollSaw Information and Resources #41: Scroll Saw Blanks

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Blog entry by jerrells posted 08-13-2012 11:35 PM 1858 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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So I have been searching online for better scrolling wood. Something like 12 inches by 12 inches or larger. Specifically I am looking of Maple or Cherry. I have found this one source but they state that the center is MDF. Not sure what the means (YES I know what MDF is) or how that would look in a scrolling appilcation. Are they saying that the center is the same wood as the top and bottom layer however just ground up? I have used lots of baltic birch which looks fine.

Thanks for any responce.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#1 posted 08-13-2012 11:53 PM

They are saying that it’s plywood with an MDF core.

You’re going to have a hard time with 12” wide hardwood for scrolling. The wider (and thinner) the wood, the more it’s going to warp. Be sure to keep it weighed down (and preferably stickered) in your shop for a little while so that it get’s acclimated to the conditions in your area before using it. After it has acclimated, you can take out the stickers but keep it laying flat (but not directly on the floor) with weight on it to keep it from cupping and warping. Because of the warping issues, I recommend you not buy wider than you will need. Wider boards also cost more per board foot, and being more difficult to re-saw, will probably cost extra for re-sawing as well.

I find that for the more common local woods, if I want 1/2” thick or more, it is cost effective for me to buy regular 1” boards and plane them down (even if I have to pay someone to plane it which I do when I have a lot).

About 95% of the projects I design can be made with 8” wide boards max and I use nothing over 10” ever unless it’s plywood.

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