New scrollers are always looking for thin stock for their scroll saw projects. Many designs require 1/2" or 1/4" wood. If you don't have a thickness planner this can be a problem. You can order thin wood online and that's a good option. You can try your local hardwood dealer but they generally don't sell thin stocks.
Most seasoned woodworkers would rather cut off their left thumb than buy wood from the big chain stores. They will tell you it's just too expensive and they don't have much selection. Both statements are true but as scrollers we work with small quantities of wood for most projects.
I put together this little flower pot stand for $3.28 for the wood and $2 for the flower pot. I went to Home Depot and purchased a 1/2" x 6" x 24" poplar board for $3.28. They sell 1/4", 1/2" and 3/4" boards in their hobby wood section. You can build all sorts of scroll saw projects from boards this size. You are limited to red oak and poplar but that's not as bad as it sounds.
Poplar looks fine for many scroll saw craft projects. Red oak is not my favorite wood to cut but it looks fine stained or just oiled.
Don't be put off of projects just because they require thin stock. It's great if you have a full work shop and can dimension your own stock but you can enjoy the hobby without all those tools.
The flower pot stand comes with several decorative figures for you to select. It is designed with slot and tab construction. If you cut carefully you can fit the pieces so they don't require glue. This make it easy to break them down for storage or shipping.
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