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Forum topic by Iggles88 posted 04-28-2012 06:33 AM 1822 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-28-2012 06:33 AM

Hey guys, I just finished a few boxes and was trying to think about what I could do to make these boxes nicer, I’ve never done any woodcarving so I looked up videos and websites about carving. I’ve found two options as of right now. Either the dremel rotary tool, or the we cheer power carver. The power carver is twice the price, I know it will do a better job I also like the reciprocating feature on the we cheer but I’d really like to get the dremel for one big reason. I’d like to be able to use the dremel for things other then carving. It would come in handy in my line of work and am thinking I can kill two birds with one stone. My goal however is to be able to do some very detailed carvings so if the dremel isn’t capable of that then I won’t buy it. Does anyone have any experiences with either of these tools that they could share?

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#1 posted 04-28-2012 11:03 AM

I carve. Wood and soapstone. I’m biased though. No power carving. If you’ve never carved before, the power carver won’t make you better…. believe me.
Get yourself the Dremel because you want a Dremel.

For starting out carving, there’s nothing better (in my opinion) than one of the Flexcut starter sets.

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#2 posted 04-28-2012 12:57 PM

It’s not what the tool is capable, it’s what the operator is capable of. I have seen good work done with a laser and wonderful work done with a pocket knife. It’s all in the operator’s hands.

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#3 posted 04-28-2012 02:30 PM

I make boxes with inlaid images and I carve details on those images. I use a “Mastercarver” rotary carving tool. Similar to the wecheer. I gave away my dremels once I started using this power carver. I mostly use the reciprocating attachment with a “V” tool. I also do use rotary sander attachments on some projects. I got the Mastercarver with the speed control on the bench ,not the foot pedal. Makes it more comfortable to sit without keeping my foot in a certain position. Less tiring. Here is a photo of the kind of simple carving I do.

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