SKILL LEVEL beginner
by Dremel ®
Tools & Accessories
1Dremel Flex Shaft
1EZ SpeedClic: Finishing Abrasive Buffs
1EZ SpeedClic Mandrel
1Detailer's Grip attachment
Let's Get Started
To reduce the risk of injury user must read instruction manuals for all tools used in this project. Wear eye and respiratory protection. Use clamps to support work piece whenever practical.
Choose your basic woodcarving tools
There’s really not a lot to it. Here's what you'll need if you're just starting out: A Carving Knife: Purpose-built knives intended for whittling tend to have fixed blades and longer handles. Invest in a good knife – it will be worth it. An Ax: Here’s your chance to be a lumberjack, because an ax is an essential tool. Get a small ax that you can grip easily. A Sharpening Stone: Carving wood will eventually dull any blade, so a good ceramic sharpening stone is essential. Angle the blade between 10-20 degrees and swipe it back and forth across the sharpening stone.
Choose your Dremel tools for carving wood
Raring to go? All Dremel® Multi-Tools can be used for carving. It’s best to use the Flexible Shaft with the bigger Dremel tools, as this will make maneuvering much easier. The Dremel accessories you can use for carving are: · High Speed Cutter 7.8 mm (114) · High Speed Cutter 7.2 mm (134) · High Speed Cutter 4.8 mm (192) · Engraving Cutter 2.4 mm (107) · Tungsten Carbide Cutter ball tip 3.2 mm (9905)
Choose your Dremel tools for smoothing
For smoothing you can use EZ SpeedClic: Finishing Abrasive Buffs with different grits. A range between 180-280 should be good for small projects. To hold and use the wheels, you’ll also need a mandrel. Specifically, the EZ SpeedClic Mandrel (SC402) for the sanding buffs and the 401 Mandrel for the polishing wheels. TIP: The Detailer’s Grip Attachment is also great for extra comfort during your hobby and DIY projects.
Know the best woods for woodcarving
If you're just starting out with woodcarving, it's better to choose a softwood like birch, lime wood, pine, willow or horse chestnut. These are easier to carve. Soon, when you’re more experienced, you can use birch burl, cherry wood, maple, apple, pear, olive or walnut. All of these contain beautiful patterns and colors, and will add new elements to your designs.
Choose the cleanest wood possible
If you're getting your wood from a craft store, chances are you won't find many growth rings or knots in it. If you're getting it from a lumberyard, however, these might be more of an issue. Remember, if you're a woodcarving beginner it can be difficult to carve around these natural formations. Get the cleanest wood possible and come back to the tricky stuff later. Practice makes perfect.
Practice drawing your design first
Your woodcarving piece might change as you continue, but at the start it’s important to stick to perfecting its basic shape. Before you start whittling away, trace out your design lightly with a pencil. Staying within the lines of your drawing will help keep you on track when the ax and carving knife come out.
Set aside some time just for woodcarving
There will be times during your woodcarving projects that you'll wish you could speed things up; especially the drying process. However, take things slowly and try to enjoy each step of the process. Carving wood is not a hobby you can rush, and when you hold your finished piece, you'll be glad you took your time. By now, you're probably excited to start your first woodcarving project.