I would like to know why a person would take their time to make fine
fretwork pieces and cut them out of plywood. I know it's cheaper but you
still have the same amount of time involved so why not use quality wood
Greetings and Salutations...
On Wed, 17 Dec 2003 04:54:53 GMT, "DAN & CINDY"
Well, I have used 1/8" Baltic Birch in the past, because it is
very stabile, cuts well and cleanly, and, takes stain or paint nicely.
It has been my experience that sometimes solid wood does not work well
for that sort of thing, unless it is very fine grained, or the piece
being sawed is fairly thick (1/4" or more). Unsupported grain is
quite weak, leading to scrolls breaking off, etc. Thanks to the
construction of plywood, though, this does not happen.
my local hardwood store has 22" - 30" by 10' - 14' stock in 1 - 3
species most of the time. I have some 18" flat sawn white oak that was
not the widest board in the "regular" pile from my main supplier.
that said, I would use plywood for scroll work to avoid the short grain
problem if it was going to be a free standing piece. If it is going to
be mounted on a finished article where the entire surface is supported
then solid wood is fine.
Jim K wrote:
I use some ply, but not much. It gets used in drawer bottoms, panels,
furniture backs, and numerous shop jigs. Very stable and flat, unlike
solid wood. There is cheap ply and quality (furniture grade) ply.
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