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Top 10 Power Carving Tips You Need To Know

Getting into power carving is like opening up an entire new woodworking world. Sculpting and shaping wood in three dimensions is fun, and will leave you with stunning projects that will turn heads.

1. Buy Decent Tools

A grinder with cheap bearings will rattle your arms and hands beyond belief. You will be able to stand it for a short while, but any longer and you’ll be feeling pins and needles for hours afterwards. Don’t break the bank, but don’t cheap out here. Smaller tools and cutters will also give much nicer results when they’re well made. woodworking secrets woodworking tips

2. Do Your Research on Power Carving

Everything, from which specific grinders offer the best value when power carving to what the different types of cutters excel at, can be researched. Because power carving is something few woodworkers know much about, a bit of research will answer questions you didn’t even know you had. woodworking secrets woodworking tips

3. Protect Yourself

Power carving can be dangerous, especially to those new to the technique. I would start out with safety glasses, a dust respirator, a smock that isn’t too loose fitting, steel toes and a full-face shield. Some wear gloves, but I always worry about getting them caught in the cutters or even slightly losing control of the grinder. Don’t ever sit on a stool under the workpiece/workbench – rather, stand over it in a dynamic position. woodworking secrets woodworking tips

4. Be Patient

Don’t go into it thinking you will power carve a museum-quality work of art on the first day. Take it slow, as there are lots of things to learn. Also, don’t get frustrated when your first completed piece doesn’t look wonderful. Power carving benefits from mock-ups and some pre-thought to design, just like furniture. woodworking secrets woodworking tips

5. Keep it Down

Power carving will transfer a lot of energy into a workpiece in many different directions. If that workpiece isn’t properly secured it will fly, hurting it and yourself. Clamping large workpieces is rarely a challenge, but when working on smaller projects it’s often a good idea to not cut the project out of a board until you have to, so you can easily clamp it to your workbench. woodworking secrets woodworking tips

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