Exotic Woods vs. Dyes

Posted by Jeremy Walls | | Posted On Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 4:33 AM

While graduate school has caused my time in the workshop to be minimal, I recently found time to make a plant stand that coupled vibrant contrasting wood slats and a modern black pipe base. Some of you may have seen the photo preview of the project uploaded on our Facebook page (find us and like our page if you haven't already - link on the right panel of this page!). Here are some pictures of the finished table. I used twelve wood species in total with a variety of colors, surrounded by a maple frame. I've now been using exotic woods to make colorful tabletops and cutting boards for over five years. My ideology has always been that using exotic woods rather than dyes creates a purer, more honest piece of woodworking. Telling customers about where the different woods originate from and how the pieces are real wood with no artificial coloring adds to the story and quality of the piece. To me it's similar to using solid hardwood versus veneers for a project (maybe that's an extreme comparison, but you get the point). There is a downside to "staying pure" though. Exotic woods are not only more expensive than using dyes, but they also won't hold their color over time as dyes will (so I'm told...). I have definitely been wary of continuing my use of exotic woods rather than dyes, as I've read more and more about how wood ages and colors change, regardless of the impacts of sunlight. However, I have yet to see significant color changes in projects I've made within the past five years (I know, I know...it can take up to, or more than ten years...), so I suppose until the loss of color results in the true decline in aesthetics of one of my pieces, I will continue to use exotic woods for my projects. Anyway, the pictures of the finished table are below. Let me know what you think of the table, and if you have any opinions on using exotic woods versus dyes!

Oh...and we have a new pattern coming soon!








"Live, Laugh, Love" Patterns

Posted by Jeremy Walls | Labels: , , , , | Posted On Wednesday, July 08, 2015 at 11:00 PM

Live-Laugh-Love. We've all heard the saying, and by now its become so cliché that most of you probably want nothing to do with it. However, we've decided to make a post with old patterns we'd designed, yet had never posted, and in that collection happened to be patterns for "Live", "Laugh", and "Love".
The patterns are meant to be cut and hung in a row together, but could also work individually. The "Love" pattern has a heart in it, which kind of sets it apart from the other two, so it may suit you to not cut the heart out for the sake of uniformity.


Glue-Up Tabletop

Posted by Jeremy Walls | | Posted On Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 11:55 PM


Now I know we've gotten off topic from scroll sawing specific posts on our site lately, but I'm about to do it one more time. It's all woodworking related anyhow. A while back I posted about the making of exotic hardwood cutting boards. They're a really simple and fast way to make stunning pieces for the kitchen. After my mother asked me to refinish an old cast-iron sewing machine table, I decided to use the idea of the cutting boards and apply it to the project! I sanded and repainted the base, and also made a glue-up tabletop using maple, walnut, wenge, padauk, and purpleheart. She wanted a modern twist to the antique so I thought the glue-up worked perfect.

The use of glue-ups can be used for fretwork projects or any woodworking projects to create stunning and original pieces. Send me pictures of your glue-up projects! Next post will be a pattern, so stay tuned!



Collaborative Post: Chess Board

Posted by Eric Lochtefeld | Labels: , , , | Posted On Sunday, June 08, 2014 at 7:45 PM


This post is a collaboration between the Scroll Bench Team and Tina Cuadra.

"Hi, this is a chess set and table my husband and I made. The chess pieces are made of popular and redwood. The table was made from mahogany and maple. This was a very difficult project to make because of all the compound cuts. The squares on the table are larger than normal to fit the bug pieces but I think I like it better that way because you have more table space. We made it coffee table size so when we're not playing chess it's a pretty table. Just remember when cutting the chess pieces try to use somewhat soft wood because they are hard to cut. I also wrap my compounds with clear packing tape because it makes it easier to cut." - Tina Cuadra

The pattern came from this book on Amazon:

Wooden Chess Sets You Can Make: 9 Complete Designs for the Scroll Saw



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Posted by Eric Lochtefeld | | Posted On Sunday, June 01, 2014 at 5:00 PM


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