|Forum topic by tyskkvinna||posted 06-01-2010 02:06 AM||2068 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
06-01-2010 02:06 AM
I am looking for some suggestions from you all, as to which wood(s) I should keep an eye out for, for use in making my miniatures.
Working tiny has some challenges – most importantly, it has to look “right”. Oak and Zebrawood, for example, look woefully out of place. So do Bubinga and Cedar.
Most store-bought miniature things, if they use solid wood, are made from Balsa, Basswood, Pine, and Fir.
Walnut, Maple, Cherry and Mahogany can be pretty decent too.
It needs to be easy enough to cut with tiny tools, but not so brittle that I need to worry (more) about it inadvertently snapping.
I would love to hear of woods that sound like they would be ideal for this.. especially if they could hold up to traditional construction methods. (I prefer dowel, but I’d really like to try my hand at 1:12 dovetails) I don’t care if it is exotic, expensive, etc., because the amounts of it I need are ridiculously tiny. Honestly, a typical pen blank contains enough to do a bookshelf.. two pen blanks and I’d have a bed. ... You get the idea. Because of that, I’d love to get into the more unusual choices.. unlikely I’ll ever have the opportunity to have an Ebony bedframe for myself in this lifetime, but a tiny one could be neat.
Just not sure what to look for. Most of the wood I otherwise look for has big, dramatic grains.. I imagine some of you box-markers have had experience with working pretty small?