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Type of wood for nursery lettering

Posted by hoosierdoc (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 20, 08 at 13:20

What type of wood should I use to cut letters out for a nursery wall? I have a scroll saw I plan to use and then sand the edges down. I'm not thinking anything too thick or technical for final design. The wood would then be painted prior to hanging.

I appreciate any advice!


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RE: Type of wood for nursery lettering

Poplar.


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RE: Type of wood for nursery lettering

Second the poplar -- it's cheap, knot free (for the most part) and takes paint well.


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RE: Type of wood for nursery lettering

Third for poplar. It's also available at many home centers in a variety of thicknesses.


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RE: Type of wood for nursery lettering

poplars cool unless you want to stain it (poplar takes stain a little funny sometimes)


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RE: Type of wood for nursery lettering

Poplar takes stains funny a lot of the time. Especially the stains you find in big boxes.


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RE: Type of wood for nursery lettering

I used some leftover aeromatic cedar from a closet lining kit.


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RE: Type of wood for nursery lettering

Aromatic red cedar contains oils that inhibit curing of many finishes. It may work, but I'd test first with your intended paint on scrap. No sense putting a lot of work into this and ending up with finish that is permanently soft.

Here is a link that might be useful: see adhesion problems


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