This video shows the process of carving the egg an dart molding in Poplar wood.
- Lesson Contents: single episode, template, tool list, and photo
- Type of Wood: Poplar
- Tool List: #3, 3mm; #3, 6mm; #3, 14mm; #4, 12mm; #6, 8mm
- Skill Level: Intermediate
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I am interested in doing a carved picture frame (likely with egg and dart or something like that). What wood selection would be sensible. I think it will be painted.
Any thoughts would be welcome.
It depends on several things. How much experience have you had in carving? I would not tackle oak if you are a beginner. Since a picture frame is not really structural, basswood is a good option – especially since it will be painted. Poplar has its frustrations (very stringy and spongy) and it would be a shame to use something with nice grain, as the grain won’t show after painting. So I would recommend basswood.