Good first attempt, Dan. I would second using a paper pattern, probably cheaper too. Everybody has their own way of adhering the pattern to the wood. I glue it directly. Others might use some blue painters tape first. Some use clear packing tape or even clear contact paper. You'll find what works best for you. As for choice of wood, if it's going to be painted, maybe basswood or poplar. Baltic Birch plywood is also good for scrolling. But not the stuff from the big box stores, too many voids in the plys.
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