Frogwood is a manufactured engineered laminated birch hardwood, constructed with the grain of all the individual laminations aligned along the same direction. This ensures that when Frogwood blanks are turned, the material cuts consistently without any tearing of the material.
ALL Frogwood blanks are cut with the grain.
Frogwood laminations are dyed using water-soluble FDA approved dyes, and every panel of the material made goes through an autoclave moisture removal process. This extends the manufacturing time, but it minimizes any shrinkage issues and eliminates the cracking problems often seen in imported laminated birch materials.
As in most laminated bonded wood products, Frogwood does contain some formaldehyde from the lamination bonding agent. Levels are kept as low as possible consistent with the delivery of a robust reliable product.
These are the base colors available for Frogwood; any combination of these colors can be mixed to create your own custom layups. Custom color orders have a two panel minimum, and a lead time of six to eight weeks plus shipping time.
Below the solid color images, you will find our standard color sets.
To truly appreciate the colors in a Frogwood blank you have to machine it, revealing the darker surface colors and the transition to the lighter core colors of every layer of the block. This section gives you an idea of the saturated surface colors of each lamination, and the cut pieces photographed in our Frogwood Blanks product pages show you how those colors come to life in your finished product.
Our darkest, most saturated color
Almost as dark as Black, but with less saturation through the thickness of the layer giving more grey tones.
Natural undyed birch, with darker bonding agent giving a superb grain effect.
A deep brown hue the color of dark chocolate
A softer brown with red tones
Deep burgundy red
Deep magenta with pink inner tones
Royal blue, for striking color combinations
Forest leaf green
This green is softer, makes a great green component in camo mixes
Any Frogwood Blank, Panel, or Cut Panel size can be purchased in any of the above solid colors or any of the standard colors shown below with no minimum order requirement.
Custom color layups are available with a two panel minimum, and a lead time of six to eight weeks plus shipping time.
Use very sharp cutting tools, carbide if possible. Medium spindle speed for turning with low to medium feed rate for roughing. High spindle speed low feed rate for finishing. Consider this material like cutting cherry not soft like pine or hard like ash. The material is birch which has been bonded together with an adhesive under pressure which tends to make it slightly harder.
Frogwood is made from birch, a reasonably open-grained material. This takes well to all types of shellacs, Polyurethanes and other surface finishes. This material can also be finished with CA glue finish if desired. In our experience when producing finished products using this material, many customers preferred a simple high polish waxed finish.