Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Prayer Scroll Saw Pattern.

This piece is 14" X 11". I recommend that you cut this from Baltic birch plywood. The plywood is strong enough to help prevent breakage. There are parts of this pattern that will be weak until you get it mounted to a backer board. You are going to need to use a spiral blade. You won't be able to make the turns with a flat blade. 

Lettering is always a challenge when cutting with a spiral blade. Because of the lettering in this project, I would rate this as an intermediate level pattern.

Baltic Birch Plywood:

Baltic birch plywood is generally regarded as superior to standard birch plywood. BB plywood comes from Russia and the nearby Baltic states such as Finland.

BB ply comes in different grades but all the plies are birch with no softwood fillers. The individual layers are thinner for a given thickness so BB ply has more layers giving it more strength.

The grades for Baltic birch plywood are B/BB, BB/BB, BB/CP, CP/CP and C/C.  That is from best to worst. 

We generally buy B/BB graded Baltic birch plywood. B/BB means no interior voids. The face veneers are clear but may have an occasional plug. The plugs are football shaped. For some scroll saw projects these plugs don't cause a problem but I usually cut them away as waste.

Baltic birch is manufactured in metric sizes. A full sheet is 1525mm X 1525mm. That is just slightly over 5' X 5'. BB ply comes in 3, 6, 9, 12, and 18mm thicknesses. In the US we convert that to 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", and 3/4". For scroll saw projects these measurements are usually close enough but you do want to be aware that Baltic birch plywood is slightly thinner than the measurement they are sold at here in the U.S.

You can stain BB plywood but I am not a fan of the way it looks. I almost always use a clear coat. I will occasionally paint  BB ply. It paints well but the edges will always show the plies. 

The plies are a love-hate with woodworkers. When used in furniture the plies are generally covered with a hardwood. In many scroll saw projects, the plies are left bare and can be used to enhance the look. I have often had now-woodworking people express how beautiful the edges are. 

Baltic birch plywood is great for portrait style projects that have many small interior cuts. The extra strength of the plywood will help reduce breakage on thin parts. Other projects such as Christmas ornaments. baskets, boxes and jigsaw puzzles all work well made from Baltic birch plywood.

You won't normally find Baltic birch plywood in your big box hardware stores. You will have to find a hardwood specialty store to get 5' X 5' sheets. If you have a Woodcraft store in your area they carry BB ply in full sheets and cut down. 

There are many online sources for Baltic birch plywood. One of my sponsors, Heritage Wood Specialties sells BB ply in various sizes and thicknesses. An example of their pricing is a 1/4" X 24" X 24" sheet is $8.63 plus shipping. 

Baltic birch plywood is inexpensive enough that it is perfect for practice if you are just getting started on the scroll saw. Because it is so consistent in hardness the blade will track well. Many cheap kinds of wood like pine are not suitable for practice because they vary in hardness from one spot to the next. You don't want to add that variable to your learning curve.

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