Balsa wood is easy to carve because of its lightness and softness. Fans of model makers always use balsawood as their favourite material to make models, such as planes, bridges, towers and so on. Before you start to make a model, you need to check if you have prepared these tools: X-Acto or carving knife, Straightedge, pencil and 120-grit sandpaper. After preparing these tools, you can follow the simple steps below to make your own model.
Decide what you are going to make with the balsa wood. Then, use the pencil to draw your design on the balsa wood. Use the X-Acto knife to cut the design out of the balsa wood. In order to make you model look more beautiful, you can carve the edges of the cut-out design.
Place the cut-out design on a level surface and turn it over. Carve the edges around from the center to make a point along the edges. Repeat this process at any area where a curved edge is desired. Insert the tip of the knife into any design elements that do not pass the entire way through the structure, and carve a thin line all the way around each design element.
Each balsa design element's edges should be carved. Remove the entire interior of each design element by pulling the edges from the line. Use the 120-grit sandpaper to sand the edges of the design. Smooth the edges by rubbing around the edges. Sand the balsa wood as gently as you can, if not, you may break your design. We can smooth the edges easily since the balsa wood is very soft.