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Old 01-19-2014, 09:31 AM   #1
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Hi everyone

I live in Ontario Canada and have taken up scroll sawing to keep me busy through the snowy winter months

I haven't had much luck with anything I have done to date. It keeps breaking which is very frustrating. So I will be asking all kinds of questions
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or is the saw breaking?
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Thank you for a speedy reply! It's the item that is breaking. I did a name plate outlining the name with solid under it and the top of the first letter broke off. I'm wondering if I need to make fatter letters?
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welcome to SSWC forum sounds like maybe the letters are cut to thin
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Natural wood breaks easier than plywood does. You might try that. I have done lettering using 1/2" mahogany and it holds together well enough.
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Welcome to the best forum out there. You will find all the info you will need to help you get started on your journey to the most addictive hobby out there. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the threads all you have to do is ask. The scrollers on this forum are the best and don’t mind helping.
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I was using pine and I know it's a soft wood. Hardwoods are extremely difficult to find and are very expensive. I have found red oak 1 x 6 x 6' and it was $70. I just didn't want to pay that much when I am just learning. I have a small piece of cherry from a tree we cut down so maybe I can try that. I did make fatter letters and it has helped as well.

Thank you for the suggestions!
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Hi and welcome, from Central Tx. Hang in there, failures and frustrations soon turn into great projects and satisfaction.

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Pine is very soft and a lot of patterns specifically state to avoid pine as it does break easily. Poplar is a good, inexpensive wood that holds up well to even narrow cuts. You can usually find it in Lowes or Home Depot.
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