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Forum topic by BakerWorks posted 12-11-2015 02:20 AM 426 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2015 02:20 AM

Hi all,

I was hoping to get some information about getting into a new type of wood working.

It looks like I am going to have to move out of my shop space soon, and will lose access to most power tools.

Something that has always interested me are hand carved signs, but I have never done this type of work. Does anyone do this type of work, or have experience in doing so?

What type of tools would make the most sense to get started in this work?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone!

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#1 posted 12-11-2015 05:17 AM

You can do most work with ordinary, straight chisels. I’d recommend using those to start then slowly adding a tool or two as you figure out which ones would make the work easier.

My primary carving tools are straight chisels and a single skewed, fishtail knife. Though I have a collection of gouges, they mostly come out for the finishing touches.

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#2 posted 12-11-2015 11:53 PM

Relief carving using gouges will work for this. I suggest you contact a local (your state) carving guild. I did that in California thirty years ago and learned a lot for very little cost.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#3 posted 12-12-2015 12:52 PM

Lots of letters are curved you can do them with a straight chisel, but its very challenging.
I would research it a bit on YouTube.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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