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Old 01-23-2014, 12:16 PM   #1
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Hello all. I'm trying to make a plaque for my grandson that has some Korean lettering on it. It's for his Tae Kwan Do belt display. I have tried using some soft Western Cedar but it is very fragile. How about some thin plywood? Is this kind of wood normally used for intricate work or is something else? I'd prefer not to spend a lot on some exotic wood as it will be painted. Any help concerning scroll saw wood would be very much appreciated.

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I use thin Baltic birch for all of my delicate ornaments 1/16 and sometimes 1/8.
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Rolf is right. I also use Baltic Birch Plywood 1/4" for my fretwork. The main reason is no voids.
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I use 1/8 and 1/4 and 1/2 Baltic Burch on probably 90% of my scrollwork.

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Thanks to all for their replies to my question concerning the type of material to use for small pieces. I think I'll go with the recommendations. I know my material isn't a good choice.

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Ray if you want to work with thin solid wood you can always attach it to a cheap plywood backer for support while you cut it and then handle it very carefully.
Once it is glued down on your project it will be fine.
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