Sunday, October 2, 2022

Starship Scroll Saw/Laser Cutter Pattern.

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Captain's log, Stardate 76217.1. This Starship model is over 10.5" long. It is cut from 1/8" thick Baltic birch plywood and painted. It was designed for a laser cutter but can easily be cut with the scroll saw. I kept it pretty simple. Laser cutter folks could easily add a lot of detail by engraving graphics on the pieces.
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What are my favorite woods to cut on the scroll saw?

 This is a very common question I get especially from people just getting started in the scroll saw hobby. It is a difficult question to answer because I change my mind all the time. Walnut use to be one of my favorites but now the price has been creeping up so that holds me back. I still love the way it cuts. It looks beautiful when finished but the cost is a factor.

I love the beauty of cherry and the current prices are not bad. It cuts well but does have a tendency to scorch the edges if you don't take precautions. 

I also like soft maple a lot. Mostly because it contrasts so well with walnut. 

Mahogany is one of my favorites but it is creeping up in price just like walnut.

I like Padauk but I have a reaction to the dust so I don't cut it very often, plus it is crazy expensive right now. Bubinga is another wood that I have an allergic reaction to, I cough for a few days after using it. 

I have cut many domestic varieties of wood and only have a few that I just stay away from. I am not a fan of Red Oak because I don't like the wide-open grain. It can be tricky to cut sometimes.

There are a few kinds of wood like Yellowheart, Wenge, and  Zebrawood that I enjoy cutting because they are so unique looking but they are even more expensive than Padauk and $20+ a board foot.

I am not a fan of Poplar just because it is so plain. I will use if when I plan to paint the project or is the project is more utility based.

I have cut quite a few exotic woods but I mostly stick with domestic just because they are easier to get.

I use a ton of Baltic birch plywood. Not because I like to so much as that I am using it to test cut projects. It cuts great but does not have anywhere near the beauty of a nice hardwood board. Most of the time I would opt to use hardwood on a scroll saw project if I intended to gift or sell it. 99% of the project I cut are just test cuts so BB plywood is fine for that.

 None of these are necessarily recommendations because everyone has different aesthetic values and tastes. The choice of wood is also greatly impacted by the type of project.

Walnut, Cherry, and Soft Maple

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My goal is to complete the orders within three days. As the holiday season gets into full swing I may need more time. I will keep times posted on the blog.
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