what dremel bits should I use for woodcarving

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05-04-2014 12:05 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question carving

I am just starting to carve wood with a dremel and I don’t know what bits are good bits to use or what to use them for is there anyone out there that can help me get started with some advice on what bits are good for what?

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#1 posted 05-04-2014 12:36 AM

This company has tools for carving. When carving with a tool like a Dremel it is called power carving. They have a good assortment of tools that will fit the Dremel. The Dremel is useful for fine detail, but for the roughing out of a carving a larger power carving tool is needed. You can carve using carving knives and gouges, and do the fine detail with the dremel. This page has carbide cutters. They cost more than steel one, but will stay sharp a lot longer.


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#2 posted 05-04-2014 12:57 PM

Here’s what I’m using.

Most of the bits came from the flea market, the rest came from the big box store where I got the Dremel.

Have you been here?

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#3 posted 05-04-2014 04:09 PM

Really, for me, it all depends on the wood species. Softer woods usually don’t hold up well against the speed of a Dremel, particularly when a sharp blade offer much more control. But I often use my Dremel in conjunction with my hand tools. It is very easy to loose control of your surface with the power… so use a variable speed unit.
Here is how I divide it:

Soft woods = hand carving and hand sand
Hard and fibrous woods = tips with cutting edges cut the fibers / rasps can fur the wood ~ hand detail and hand sand
Hard and tight grain = rasps mostly / cutting edges can burn the wood ~ hand details and mop head sand
Hard and fragile grain = fine rasps and hand carving / cutting edges will chip out faulty grain ~ hand detail and mop head sand

It’s a start.. mostly test each before you jump on the final piece and remember that every piece of wood can be slightly off the norm.. but I find carving is the best way to truly understand how to talk with wood.

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#4 posted 05-05-2014 04:08 AM

Try This.

There’s enough “Dremel Bits For Wood” Info here to keep you busy for days trying to figure out which ones are best suited for Your Needs.

If “Woodcarving” is going to be your specialty THIS ONE might be Better.

Happy Hunting!!

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#5 posted 05-05-2014 04:56 AM

I have been using a Dremel and a 1/32 round bit for making small plaques with sayings on them.
The Dremel’s max of 10,000 rpm’s isn’t fast enough to do a lot.
The “dental drill” type turn at about 400,000 rpm’s and are MUCH more versatile.

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#6 posted 05-05-2014 05:44 AM

There’s enough “Dremel Bits For Wood” Info here to keep you busy for days trying to figure out which ones are best suited for Your Needs.

So not a very useful link, you’re saying?


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#7 posted 05-06-2014 03:02 AM

”So not a very useful link, you’re saying?” NO! I’m saying just the Opposite.

Why don’t you click on BOTH Links (One At A Time) and find out for Yourself!

Instead of making some type of USELESS, Wise Ass, Comment, that does NOTHING for this Post!

The LINKS are the BLUE WORDS, by the way.

As An Example Mr. McQuay. This Is A Link


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#8 posted 05-06-2014 11:19 AM

I see a lot of people posted they are using the dremel’s. Is anyone using the Foredom’s ?

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#9 posted 05-06-2014 01:56 PM

Not a Foredom but much like it, a “Mastercarver” Bits for these two tools also will work in a Dremel. Look for some of the “burrs” offered on their sites.

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#10 posted 05-08-2014 08:55 PM

Joined 4 Days ago. Posted this 4 days ago. Hasn’t been on here since.

Nine Replies From Members. No Responses from “Granny”.

ANOTHER Useless Post that was a of waste Time Answering.

Happening to often on here now.

No More “NEWBIE” Replies!

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