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Forum topic by nate22 posted 02-01-2012 05:42 PM 1202 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-01-2012 05:42 PM

I do some scroll sawing sometimes when i’m not making furniture. So far I have only used pine to make things out of. Is hardwoods like maple a good wood to scroll saw with. Is it easy to work with. I wanted to know because I have a lot of scrap maple that is to small for furniture but big enough for scrolling with. Any comments will be helpful.

-- Gracie's wooden signs. Middlebury, In.

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#1 posted 02-01-2012 06:48 PM

Maple workes well with the scroll saw, although usually a bit thinner then you use in furniture. I like 1/2” or 1/4” maple for scrolling.

Have you looked into any of the scroll saw forums?

A forum that is an awesome resource for scrollers is Steve Good’s

and speaking of Steve Good, he blogs and offers tons of free patterns that are awesome is a scrolling forum with a ton of patterns. If you sign up there you should find something perfect.

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#2 posted 02-01-2012 07:44 PM

Maple is fine for scrolling but as MrsN said, thinner cuts a little easier. I’ve cut up to 3/4 on my scroll saw without any problems. It just dulls the blade quicker and starts to smoke If you cut it make sure you cover it with clear packing tape to help lubricate the blade.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#3 posted 02-01-2012 10:44 PM

I cut hardwoods with my scroll saw up to 1 1/4” thick.
I use the heavy duty blades from here.
All of my bowls are cut out with these blades.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#4 posted 02-02-2012 12:27 AM

You can scroll saw almost any kind of material including steel. You need the blades for the different type of materials though.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 02-09-2012 06:19 PM

I make ornaments with all different kinds of wood (not plywood, if I can help it). I was always afraid to use Maple b/c it can be hard, but I have recently started with it. I use 1/4” stuff. I inlay my Walnut cross ornaments with Maple and they turn out SOOO pretty! :) Lots better than Pine. Maple is pretty easy to work with. It takes a sharp blade to run through smoothly, in my experience. Used blades will work, too, but you have to work harder at it.

-- The Sawdust Fairy ~ Making Magic with Wood

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