As a novice in woodworking, I am looking for some advice concerning a project I have in mind. I would like to create something similar to a chunky puzzle, something that looks like this, with much simpler shapes:
The holes would be rectangles, and disposed more regularly on the board. In these holes, I'd be able to fit several pieces that would stick out of the board, for easier manipulation. Finally, I'd paint on the board and on the pieces.
The way I think of doing this so far is:
Board: take two rectangular, relatively thin pieces of wood of the same size, pierce one with the holes where I want them, and then to glue these two boards together to have the intended effect.
Small pieces: make them out of a wood that's thicker than the single board (and maybe of a similar thickness of the final board made of the two boards I glued), and slightly smaller than the holes I pierced in the board.
Painting: well, I guess I'll buy paint that can go on wood, so I can paint decorations, people or other animals on the wood.
My main question is: what type of wood would you recommend for such a project? (knowing that it has to be painted.)
Thanks in advance for your help! :)