How to Carve Designs into Wood [Step-by-Step Ultimate Guide]

How to Carve Designs into Wood

Enjoying wood designed workpieces is amazing but do you know you can make the carving process more interesting? Do you know how to carve designs into wood? You might think it is tough but we can help you!

We have come up with the easy and accurate method of carving designs into wood. Check it out so that you never do it wrong!

Step by Step Process of Carving Wood

Here goes the step on how to carve designs into wood. Here, we will work with Dremel bits for wood carving. You can also use a wood carving disc for the process too. Take a look!

Step 1: Draw the Design

When it comes to working with your own wood working process, you have to select the wood. Softwood is better than any other wood in this case. Here, you have to start drawing the design on the wood you have selected.

Using pencil is the best way to go for it as it is easy to erase it if you need. Start off with drawing the complete outline of the design you have selected. Make sure you have drawn it with the detailing so that you can carve it more perfectly.

Step 2: Clamping the Workpiece

Now that you are done sketching the design on the wood with the pencil, you have to clamp the wood properly. If you do not clamp it, the wood will move a lot while you carve it. As a result, you won’t be able to make sure that carve is nice and perfect.

In this case, a well-built surface is required. C-clamps are great for clamping wood while carving. If the wood is too large, you can add multiple clamps as it will help you in keeping the piece secure throughout the process.

Step 3: Safety Measures

When you are prepared with the workpiece and the clamping, you have to make sure that you are ready for procedure. In this procedure, you might face a lot of dust and dirt. For this, first, you have to ensure the safety measures.

Eye protection is a must, so, wear eyeglasses that are perfect for keeping your eyes safe. Also, you have to wear mask to protect the nose and keep away from inhaling the dirt. Certify that you wear gloves so that you can keep your hand safe from unwanted accidents.

Step 4: Holding the Tool

In this process, we are going to use a Dremel tool for carving the design. Here, you have to work with the Dremel tool and get your hands used to before you start carving it. Dremel tool is great because you do not need to learn too much for designing the workpiece. Holding the tool might be an issue for you. In this case, hold it just like you hold a pencil.

While using the tool, keep your fingers more or less 1 inch away from the rotating end. Also, when you start to design, keep the tool in a 30 degree or 45 degree angles. In this manner, you will be able to get the accurate control over the tool and your design.

Step 5: Start Working

We always tell that working with wood is never easy and when it comes to precise designs, things can be more difficult. The motors of Dremel tool are small in size and so, you cannot keep the tool switched on for a longer period.

You have to stop in between the work so that you are able to keep the tool from being damaged. All you have to do is press the tool’s switch lightly. The work should be slow and the strokes you do must be short.

Step 6: Shredding the Wood

If you want to carve large area of wood, you can have faith in the sabretooth bit too. For the sharp teeth this tool has, you can easily tear through the workpiece. All you have to do is attach the sabretooth bit at the end of the Dremel tool. Now rotate is clockwise and you are done.

Just like you carved before, go for it. However, note that you will have a rough finish with this tool. We recommend you using this tool because this tool will provide you faster and easier shreds.

Step 7: Using Carbide Bit

When it is time for you to go through the outlines, you have to pick up a fluted carbide bit. You can add the carbide bit with the Dremel tool just the way you did the with the sabretooth bit. Add it at the rotating end of the Dremel tool and start working by lightly pressing the tool into the wood.

Go ahead and cut the outlines on the workpiece. Make sure that you are working in a slow pace otherwise; you will end up ruining the design.

Step 8: Using a Diamond Bit

In times to sanding the edges you have already designed, you might require using a diamond bit. The work of the diamond bit is to help you smooth the cuts you have already made. The texture of this bit gives you smoothening features like the sandpaper.

Attach it with the Dremel tool you have and start working around the edges of the cuts you have made. All you need to do is smooth the rougher areas and you are ready to go!

Step 9: Cleaning the Piece

Now that you are done with the design, you have to ensure that the whole workpiece is properly cleaned. All you need to do is wipe away the sawdust. This is not a work that you only do when you have completed the process.

Instead, you have to do this in the middle of the process too. After every 5 minutes, you have to stop the Dremel tool and clean the area you are designing with a dry cloth. If the piece is small, you can also tap the back so that the sawdust is cleaned.

Step 10: Sanding the Wood

Once you are ready with the whole process with the cleaning of the workpiece, you have to move on and start the sanding of the workpiece. In this case, you will need 150-grit sandpaper. This will help to smooth the edges of the carving.

You have to rub the paper all over the surface and the sharp points. Remember that sharp areas will not look good after the carving. Making the art smooth is an important step. However, in some cases, diamond bit works so amazingly that you won’t need any sandpaper!

For darkening the area, use wood burner. And for adding more to the workpiece, you can add some colors! You are done my friend, show off your art piece to your family and friends!

Wrap Up

So, you have already learned the process of how to carve designed into wood workpiece. All you need to do is try a little hard and make it perfect. Follow our method that will be enough!

Also, don’t forget to tell us how you carve designed on a workpiece that is made of wood. Have you tried the method we have mentioned above? Comment below!

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