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Dan Corbin

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10-09-2012 02:06 PM

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Hi All! I’m actually posting this question for my wife, since she doesn’t have a LumberJocks profile (yet). We just bought the new scroll saw (Porter Cable from Lowes), and my wife is planning a Christmas-themed intarsia project. I’m certain that certain woods are better for intarsia than others, and before we wasted money on pieces of wood that will just split and crack, I wanted to get your guys’ recommendations.

We’re planning on getting the wood for this project from our local Woodcraft store (we’ll order online if necessary, but we’d prefer to buy it from the local store so that we can pick the piece of wood). We need a wood that’s as close to white as possible, one more flesh-toned, one that is very red, and one that is very dark to black. Looking at the options, we’re thinking Tupelo, Maple, Spanish Cedar, and Ebony. But what would you guys choose?

-- ~ Dan, North Carolina,

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#1 posted 10-09-2012 02:11 PM

I would choose for white, plain hard maple you can get from Lowes.
For the or flesh tone, butternut or maybe canarywood or pecan with no red tints.
For the red, redheart if you can find it. When you cut it, it is lipstick red Second choice would be Paduak or Bloodwood.
Dark to black, Wenge or Ebony. Wenge will be much cheaper.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#2 posted 10-09-2012 10:29 PM


If you need some Wenge, let me know. If it isn’t too much, I might donate it if you pay the postage.

Mr. Bill

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#3 posted 10-10-2012 03:42 PM

Thanks for the suggestions, Tennessee! We’ll look into all of them. The Tupelo at Woodcraft is carving stock, so I’d have to rip it down (my band saw isn’t up to snuff yet) and then finish it (I have no planers). So Maple it is!

MisterBill, we need something a couple of inches by a couple of inches, and like a quarter- to half-inch thick. If you have such a piece laying around, I would absolutely pay the postage! Let me know how to pay, and I’ll give you my address.

This is such a great group of people.

-- ~ Dan, North Carolina,

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#4 posted 10-10-2012 10:12 PM

walnut, maple, red cedar, mulberry, oaks, all 3/4 thick dressed x different widths and legnths up to about 8”. how much you need? You pay postage. Also goes for the pen turners. Hate to burn it.

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#5 posted 10-11-2012 12:31 PM

basswood is a very white wood that is easy to work with and has almost no grain. I use soft Maple for skin tones. I like the darker look of oak and Mesquite in my intarsia projects also.

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