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Old 02-16-2013, 10:54 AM   #1
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Hello , Everyone! I am new to the site and I'm looking for people who make wooden jigsaw puzzles. I am just starting out and would like to know what type of plywood most of you are using, and any tips you can give me.
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Most of us prefer 5 ply plywood, some of us use Poplar and others like using some different woods like Walnut, Mahogany, Cherry, Red Oak etc.

Best piece of advice, freehand cut your pieces, and have fun.
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Thanks Mike for that information. Can I purchase that plywood at Home Depot or Lowes? If not where did you purchase it.
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Welcome to puzzling, Vinnie!

Regarding plywood, I like using the hard, flat kind.

In seriousness, there are many types to choose from, and I would recommend experimenting and see what you like the most. Things to consider include ease of use, surface appearance, edge appearance, cost, availability and safety.

You will definitely want to go with a 1/4" ply. This is usually available as a 5-ply or 3-ply, and you will find many different species.

They all have advantages/disadvantages. For instance, Baltic Birch 5-ply has an attractive edge profile, but the back surface is not as nice, and it is very hard to cut. Some of the 3-ply woods don't have as nice an edge, but the surface veneers (what you'll see on the back of the pieces) is very nice, and it is easier to cut.

I am currently using PureBond, 3-ply, 1/4" wood in a variety of species. I am especially attracted to it because it uses a soy based formalehyde free adhesive, which is much safer for the ol' lungs and your family, if you cut a lot indoors (in my opinion).

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EDIT: The PureBond can be special ordered online at HomeDepot.com

I would stay away from any in-store construction grade plywood, as it will likely be full of voids.


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There are several places online.
Ebay has some resellers watch their shipping rates.

These folks are good.
ocoochhardwoods.com/
A new one just starting out so far good feedback.
richardscraftwood.com/
Been around quite some time.
sloanswoodshop.com/
Great guys to work with.
thehandsomewoodman.com/

Shipping here (below) is a little high, but good quality. This is where I get my 5 ply poplar.
Wildwood Designs

Hope this will get you started..
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They two types I use are Baltic birch and 5 ply poplar. You should be able to get the birch from a local wood/lumber store, anyone that sells hardwood. It comes in 5x5 sheets, but they can cut it down for you. The poplar is harder to find, I purchased it from boulter plywood in MA, google works.

HD or Lowes may carry the birch but will be more expensive.
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Jim, if you like poplar, Wildwood Designs sells a nice 1/4" 5-ply, which is of very good quality.
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I agree with Shawn. Almost three quarters of my puzzles are 1/4 inch 5-ply poplar from Wildwood Designs in Wisconsin. Its top quality has been consistent for well over 15 years. I get two full calendar-size puzzles out of a sheet so the wood cost is about $3.50 per puzzle.

Baltic birch uses up a puzzle blade from Mike,s workshop in 50 pieces or so while a blade lasts about 150 pieces with poplar.

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Stay away from the luan plywood. Its no good for puzzles..its full of interior gaps and falls apart in fine cuts.
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Thanks for recommendation on LUAN.
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