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what is the best and least expensive wood you have used for

Postby Michael Kowalczyk » Wed, Jul 01 2015, 2:52PM

i would like to find a species of wood that carves good sands smooth easily and is inexpensive. Right now i am going to try aromatic cedar. the wood needs to be as clear as possible. i will be needing the final sized blanks to be around 6" wide 3 inches thick and 12 " in length can be machined quickly with out splintering and with minimal checking and can be sourced locally here in Houston, Texas. I will be carving shapes like half of a soda bottle. they will probably be painted so color is not an issue.
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Re: what is the best and least expensive wood you have used

Postby Will Williamson » Wed, Jul 01 2015, 3:34PM

Basswood domestic, Jelutong imported
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Re: what is the best and least expensive wood you have used

Postby Scott Marshburn » Wed, Jul 01 2015, 4:33PM

You might consider beach. I have never worked with it but I do see it a lot in carvings and turned pieces.
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Re: what is the best and least expensive wood you have used

Postby Will Williamson » Mon, Jul 06 2015, 1:04PM

Well, what did you finally end up using? how did the cedar work out?
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Re: what is the best and least expensive wood you have used

Postby Michael Kowalczyk » Wed, Jul 08 2015, 5:45PM

Hey Will haven't finished the 3D model yet. have Cedar but may switch to maple. will let you know soon but sorry guys no pics on this one. it is proprietary.
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Re: what is the best and least expensive wood you have used

Postby Rob Davis » Fri, Jul 10 2015, 6:04PM

Michael,
Basswood is our choice and is great carving wood, no splinters, light and machines like butter. It is less $ than maple where we are. It is really soft though so handling is key after carving.
Hope your project goes well.


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