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Hi all,
As I am just about ready to start some scroll sawing(smaller objects, like cars etc), I was wondering, which type of wood should I use and where(I am in UK)should I buy it from.
I want to paint my stuff, so I don't suppose I need to worry bout hardwoods just yet.
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I use Pine for most of my projects. I go on Ebay or gumtree and buy a double pine wardrobes for no more than £20 The amount of timber you get from this is fantastic all different thicknesses  and the finish will sand of  easy If you go to the likes of B & Q you would pay £15 for 2.4m x 100mm x 18mm I rest my case You can dismantle a wardrobe with no problem to transport it home

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Thanks KenFM,
I will try that.
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I always look for old furniture on craigslist for free at auctions swap meets these are great  sources for good wood and very cheap. toys 072.jpg  toys 071.jpg 

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Or even old, thrown-out furniture in charity shops, on dumps, etc.

Just make sure that it isn't chipboard!

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Like KenFM I buy all my wood on Ebay. Though I'm not as generous as he is. I have two basic rules that I keep to (well mostly).
1) I do not send more than £5.
2) I do not travel more than a 5 mile radius to pick it up.
Although this may sound restrictive over the last couple of months I've filled my garage with enough wood to last me until about Christmas.

There are also a couple of things to note about buying wood this way.
1) The thickness will not in general match what the plan says you need. Hence you need to allow for this when you cut out the parts.
2) Although it may not appear to be, just about all pine furniture has either been varnished or waxed. You do need to sand this off before you try to glue the pieces together. I did not when I started making Noah's Ark and have had to re-glue just about every piece. 

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I love found wood. Old weathered wood furniture has been the source of a lot of beutiful toys.
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Your are correct Keith you will have to prepare the wood  I don't have a thickness plainer  yet so I usually use my table saw and cut slightly larger then I need then use my bench top sander to sand to the correct thickness. But you can't beat the price. The head board above  dates to about the 1960's . It is solid 3/4 inch Oak, how much would that cost in a store. I paid $5 at an auction.                        
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I check craigslist every  day for free old furniture I always find free stuff. 
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