Shoe challenge - Aaron McCain

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Project by Jordan posted 11-12-2010 07:56 AM 1823 views 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Aaron McCain writes: Thanks Jordan for taking the time and effort to put together this tutorial on power carving. I have owned a dremel tool for about a decade, but every time I pulled it out to do something I got frustrated and threw it back into the box. It became my hacksaw, because it was really good at cutting off the ends of the bolts that secure toilet bowls to the floor. When this tutorial came along, I figured I would try again. My biggest discovery: carbide burr bits. Those things make a huge difference when it comes to moving wood! The tutorials were great at breaking the whole project into small manageable steps. Sometimes one step was all I could handle and I was glad to have a stopping point, other times I felt compelled to continue fiddling and was glad to have the next steps already laid out. This was a lot of fun. So I guess you could consider this a positive step in reversing my anti-dremel sentiment. I still could use a bit of practice and I think my painting skills could improve, but I’m pleased with the result. Now for the hardest question of all: What the heck am I going to do with a 3 inch long wooden shoe?

Thanks again,


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#1 posted 11-12-2010 10:02 AM

This is one should that should be left lying around for all to see and not hidden in away with the real ones

-- wishIstillhadaclydesdaleinmyfrontyard

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#2 posted 11-12-2010 10:07 AM

The only problem with this is that you didn’t shine it!!!!
Take note – more practice needed to shine shoes!!!! :-)

-- Theresa,

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#3 posted 11-12-2010 11:56 AM

very impressive

I, too, was amazed at the bits and the difference they made.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 11-12-2010 01:34 PM

You did a really great job, Aaron! Everything is so proportional and bang-on! Congratulations!

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 11-12-2010 03:27 PM

Nobody will believe it when you tell them you made it with a hacksaw. Great shoe!

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#6 posted 11-12-2010 04:02 PM

You are now a certified dremel operator! Nice job on your shoe!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 11-12-2010 04:05 PM

What to do with a 3” shoe. I bet that would fit a 3” foot!
Great looking shoe.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#8 posted 11-12-2010 04:07 PM

Beautiful execution. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 11-12-2010 04:33 PM

You did a fantastic job like everyone else did! Can we expect to see more wonderful carvings from you now that you’ve got the skill down pat? I certainly hope so.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#10 posted 11-12-2010 04:41 PM

You did an excellent job Aaron,Like you, my dremel sat in a drawer and didn’t get used much,but I think that’s going to change.

-- Bill in Mich

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#11 posted 11-12-2010 04:59 PM

Sell it to a tiny one-legged Dutchman. Kidding!!

Looks fantastic!

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#12 posted 11-12-2010 05:08 PM

great Jpb very cool

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 11-12-2010 05:25 PM

very nice carving and impressive results.

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#14 posted 11-12-2010 05:37 PM

Display your accomplishment proudly in the living room for all to see!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#15 posted 11-12-2010 05:48 PM

The only thing that differentiates the two is the shine. Awesome job on the shoe.

-- Josh in Calgary, Canada

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