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What are some good ways to finish smoothing a wood carving after you have the general form roughed out?

I am relatively new to wood carving and don't have anyone to mentor me or to ask advice from. I am making a handle for a machete out of red oak. The bottom of the handle is hooked like a hanger and is ...
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How to cut chevron detail on mjolnir handle

I'm trying to achieve a similar effect to the handle on this: I want to do this entirely in wood. How would I go about cutting that on a wood lathe? Or any way for that matter...
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painting wood with existing engraving logo

I have a piece of wood with an engraved logo and text. Both the wood and the engraving are painted. The engraving is gold and in great conditions; not very deep (perhaps 1/32" or even less). The ...
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How can I make a hole with a keyway in wood?

TLDR: how to make a hole with a small tooth guide key, i.e. with a section like the inside of a 'power on' symbol Long read. I am trying to replicate a molded plastic hinge in wood. It is a hinge with ...
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How to whittle drumsticks with a swiss army knife?

I would like to know how to make my own drumsticks with a Swiss Army knife. I would like to know which wood to use, how long they should be, how to whittle the tips correctly. My goal is to make a ...
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Are CNC mills as good as human wood carvers?

How does the work of CNC mills compare to that of a master wood carver? I want to make some furniture with carved wooden legs. The cost of commissioning a master carver to do this work would be pretty ...
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Thickness of back-panels, horizontal planks and vertical planks

Our walls are made of Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) with a thickness of 15 cm. The walls have 15mm gypsum plaster on both the sides. We are doing interior design - installation of wardrobes and ...
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Carving long curved recess

I'm trying to create a curved coffee table leg - I'll bandsaw the profile, but then I'd like to give the face (the face created by the wood exposed by the bandsaw cut) a long concave recess. It'll ...
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Spoons from Pinus Sylvestris for my toddler son: is the wood's toxicity significantly harmful?

I have recently finished cutting spoons for my toddler son to use, made from Pinus Sylvestris. The results are great. When showing them to my pal, he warned me that pine is toxic, and I should've ...
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Woodcarving where do i start? [closed]

I want to take up the hobby of wood carving/whittling . I watched a few videos but theres none that start from very basic instructions. I would like to make things from branches of different sizes ...
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What tools were used to make this toy block?

My daughter has these wooden blocks; they're about 5cm on a side. Two faces are machined(?) with various letters, as shown -- and my question is how this face was made? It doesn't look laser-cut, ...
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Carving a wood bowl or cut without a lathe

My son wants to make my wife a wooden bowl or cup out of a section of a log. I don't have a lathe and was wondering if its possible to hollow it out using some type of drill bit or sanding disc on a ...
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How can I flatten the floor of a small carved box?

So I've drilled and carved out a small box. The Forstner bit that removed the bulk of the insides left a load of little holes in the bottom. The finish is far from perfect. I've tried working it with ...
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Making a 8 Sided Wooden Pyramid

I am trying to create an 8 sided pyramid out of a solid piece of cherry that is 1" thick. The size of the base of the pyramid can be seen in the attached photo: (all dimensions are in inches) http://...
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Cutting a spherical depression in wood

I am trying to create a smooth spherical depression in wood that, the depression is 1.75in in diameter and 0.5in deep. I have access to a drill press, fixed router, and some chisels but I am not sure ...
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How would I go about recreating this surface?

I saw this surface on a bench and I would like to attempt to recreate it: I have the vague idea I could try to do this with some kind of chisel, but I have no idea how to get started or if I'm even ...
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Carving a wooden handle - any rules of thumb?

I am carving a box with a pin-hinge lid out of a spalted japanese maple branch. The branch had an egg shaped cross section, so there is a ridge running down one side of the box. I am considering ...
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How to go about cutting more "organic" shapes out of wood without machines like a CNC

I recently had a friend ask me if I could help him repair some office chairs by replacing the entire back piece with a wooden one as there are some cracks progressively getting worse down the back of ...
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Old carving gouges -- why so thick?

So far I have only used Pfiel carving tools and am accustomed to sharpening them. I picked up a set of old Mifer (Spanish) gouges today. It is taking me a couple hours per gouge to set their bevels ...
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What determines carving tools/chisels quality?

I wish to get into wood carving I just don't know where to start and what I should be looking for when looking for a set of carving tools. What determines the quality of one set over another? Yes, I ...
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Beginner wood carving tools [duplicate]

I'm looking at starting some small wood carving projects as a hobby and would like to know if anybody has any tips regarding what tools I should buy, or what they've had good experience with? I've ...
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Carved kuksa of ash wood has split and oozed water, what has gone wrong?

I hand-carved my first Kuksa a month ago from half an ash log. I worked with semi-dry wood (definitely not green, but still wet). I used axe, Japanese gouge and knife and all went well. The bowl is ...
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How can I preserve wooden sculptures indoors?

I recently bought this wooden sculpture from Mexico: I am worried that it will eventually give out to the elements and start to show wear and tear. What are the recommended ways to preserve this art ...
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What oil/stain/finish to use on a cedar spoon?

So, I just finished my first carving: a Welsh lovespoon, chiseled out of a cedar plank and sanded down smooth. But now I want to give it that deep rich color and bring out the wonderful smell of ...
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Will black walnut dull my carving tools

I've recently been offered some black walnut lumber for free. As a wood carver who does all of his work by hand, I'm intrigued by getting the chance to work with black walnut, as it looks like a very ...
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What kind of wood should I use for making a toy car?

I want to engrave, i.e. shape, a small toy sports car out of wood. I do not plan on doing it using chainsaws but with a few hand tools. The dimensions of the car are going to be 15cm x 12cm x 10cm. I ...
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What tools can I use for carving

I am new to woodworking and want to get started with carving on woods. I bought some hand tools, but I am open for power tools. Please suggest any and all tools, hand and powered, that are really ...
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Design for wall-hanging knife holder

I want to make a wall hanging knife holder that would be appropriate for two chef's knives. A very simply idea would be to use pegs. Just hang the knife on two pegs. A more elaborate idea I had would ...
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Easy to carve wood that takes a burn well

So I'm looking for a wood, but not sure which species would apply to what I'm looking for. Ideally, I would like a wood that is easy to carve by hand, but has a good color/grain and would take a burn ...
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