Making a hammerform; does the wood matter much?

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    Hey everyone; I’ve got to replicate part of an inner wheel well, and figured it was a good time to try out panel beating! I could weld sections of steel together, but might as well try something new, so I picked up a few EW mallets. The plan is to take the half rusted, half missing piece and sand a block of wood into a form. Then I’ll just lay the steel over the wood, and beat the steel into shape. It doesn’t need to be pretty (it’ll be covered in undercoating eventually anyway), but does the type of wood matter?

    If I just bolt (or nail?) some 2×4’s together, is that enough?

    Any tips or tricks besides wearing thick gloves?


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