Carving Egg & Dart Molding in Poplar

2017-04-08T16:52:36-04:00 July 1st, 2012|

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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  1. Joe Melady March 14, 2017 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Hi Mary,
    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.

    • Mary May March 14, 2017 at 8:19 pm - Reply

      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.

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