How to Wood Carve/Power Carve With Any Rotary Tool



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How to Carve Wood with a Dremel Tool

Carving wood may be a little rigorous. With a Dremel tool, this rigorousness can turn into confusion, but this process can be better learned after reading some instructions. To find out how to carve pieces of wood, this article is here to help you.

Steps

  1. Find a space to work.Carving wood is very messy, loud, and requires lots of lighting. A workbench is preferable because you might need to clamp your wood down if necessary.
  2. Get acquainted with a Dremel and the attachments.To change the attachment, hold the blue lock button located at the cutting end and turn the head lock counterclockwise to loosen, and clockwise to tighten. This can be done either with the wrench that comes with the Dremel, or any other wrench as long as it doesn't strip the lock.
  3. Select wood to be carved.Pine is very easy to cut and is an example of a soft wood, and is more difficult to detail than a hard wood, such as mahogany. Your choice will also vary based on the project you are working on.
  4. Make a design for your carving.Make sure to measure the area to avoid running out of space or any other design constraints.
  5. Select a cutting head.Dremel cutting heads and tools are sold individually or in kits. The cutting heads generally are very small and have round heads with cutting grooves. A basic carving kit will contain 11 cutting and smoothing heads and costs around in any hardware store.
  6. Transfer design onto the wood to be carved.You can create a stencil and trace an image, or draw it by hand depending on your artistic ability.
  7. Cut an outline around the desired area.Holding your Dremel just like a pencil, start cutting around the image. To prevent any bite when carving, keep the speed setting on a higher speed. It's also a good idea to start with a small cutting head first and work your way up as needed.
  8. Start carving away the unwanted space.Cutting away the negative space is generally the way to carve, and will create an image that contrasts against the background, and how deep you want to go is entirely up to you. With enough experience, you will be able to shape objects three-dimensionally from the wood.
  9. Remove sawdust frequently.Make sure to clean away any sawdust often to see what you have carved. Piles of sawdust can build up and appear like areas yet to be cut and mistakes can be made, such as cutting something you didn't want to.
  10. Remove any rough spots.Depending on how rough or smooth you want your image to appear, sand or buff any unwanted areas or ruts and gouges from carving.
  11. Retouch any areas as needed.Make sure any lines that need to be straight are straight. It's better to wait until the end of the carving to address any imperfections than at the beginning, and can be done with either the sanding heads or the smallest cutting heads.
  12. Paint or varnish final carving if needed.Sealing or painting your cut really finishes off your work by giving it something extra, and it protects it for longer than natural wood would be protected.

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    Do I only carve in one direction? Toward me?
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    Carve away from you, and make sure you don't drill into the table you are drilling on. This works best with a clamp.
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