Thickness of wood for the scroll saw puzzles?

What type of wood do you recommend for the puzzles, 3/4,1/2 ? just wondering.

I love your patterns, thank you very much.


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Mar 11, 2020
Wood for puzzles.
by: Tony

Hi Cathy,

Thank you for your encouraging comments.

The thickness and type of wood depends very much on your personal preferences and experience.

I use 1/4 inch MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) mainly because it is available where I live.

Generally I make prototypes for the website and because I like making things.

If I could get good quality birch plywood, I would use that.

Just an observation, if you were to use thin wood, say 1/4 or thinner, I think that the direction of the grain would be a factor in the strength of the piece.

For example, lets say I was cutting out a pattern for a giraffe.

I would make sure that the grain runs along the length of the neck.

Hope that helps.

If and when you do cut out a few patterns, I would be delighted if you were willing to share a few photos.


Tony Slattery

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