How to create carved wooden wall art panels?
Carving wooden panels is not difficult, though it is a time-consuming process. The general things to keep in mind are as follows: the density of the wood, choosing the right tools, finding a suitable design for the panels, and lastly, selecting a finish for completion.
One of the problems in working with paneling is that it splinters easily while cutting. This could lead to pieces of paneling being discarded. Cutting wood paneling without splintering could sound like a herculean task for persons who are trying it for the first time.
There are a few other things that you also need to keep in mind as well when working on wooden panels. Like the kind of wood needed for the job and the dimensions. The technique also plays an important part and will determine the time it requires for the process.
Check the density of your wood
The density of the wood can be measured when you have an idea of its moisture content. Because the water weight is actually included in the density since it can change its mass and volume. If you know the moisture content of a wood, you can measure its density with ease.
There are charts online that can help you measure the density of your wood. Carving high-density wood is harder than low-density wood. But it has its own significant advantages over low-density softwoods.
It lasts longer, is more resistant to the elements, and is stronger in general. Though it is also expensive and can cost you a pretty hefty sum. When it comes to wooden panels, you usually want them to be strong. So a high-density wood might suit it better.
Pick the right tools
For carving the panel, you will need different chisels of various sizes. Many kinds of chisels are available that can help with your carving needs. Depending on the type of chisels you are using, you will either use a mallet or a hammer.
Pick a design for your panel
It is easier to carve and requires bare minimum tools as well. All you need is a square for measuring, a knife, and a flat head chisel. The only thing you need to make sure about is the measurements. If you measure twice, cut once, you will not have any trouble with that.
Carving the panel
Carving is all about being patient with the wood, taking your time, it is a form of art, and art cannot be rushed. So take your time with the carving process of the panel. As we said before, measure twice and cut once to make sure there aren’t any problems.
Tuck your panel between two small wooden blocks that have been nailed into the desk when carving. This gives you a solid grip on the panel so that it does not move when you are applying force during your carving process.
Another tip is to always use sharp tools for carving. We cannot emphasize enough on this point, because a sharp tool makes carving easier. A dull tool is way more dangerous than a sharper tool.
Because when your tools are sharp you have more control over their actions. Meanwhile, with a dull tool, you will struggle and might end up making mistakes while using too much force.