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Will black walnut dull my carving tools

I've never worked with it before, and was wondering if it would be a wood that could be worked by hand? Yes, absolutely. Black walnut isn't really all that hard of a wood, comparatively. Looking at ...
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How to go about cutting more "organic" shapes out of wood without machines like a CNC

Lamination FTW If the chair were a different type I'd have suggested solid wood (note: grain must go horizontally), but not for one like this. Laminating up a curved plywood back is the way to go here ...
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What determines carving tools/chisels quality?

This is actually a pretty broad topic, but other than marketing decided price (brand A being more expensive than brand B simply because of the brand name) there may be large difference in ...
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What tools can I use for carving

Hand tools No real surprise here, carving chisels are the main tools used to carve wood if you're doing it with hand tools. But knives of various kinds are also used by some carvers (and used ...
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How can I preserve wooden sculptures indoors?

Wow, that is a wonderful piece of art! I assume that this will be displayed inside in which case the 'elements' will consist of temperature, dust, handling, and light. Temperature-wise the piece ...
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How to go about cutting more "organic" shapes out of wood without machines like a CNC

If the back is curved, I would suggest laminating layers of bending plywood over a form to get that curve, then trim to the oval shape with bandsaw/saber saw/handsaw, a trifle oversize, then file/...
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What oil/stain/finish to use on a cedar spoon?

But now I want to give it that deep rich color and bring out the wonderful smell of cedar. Any finish or treatment (e.g. mineral oil) you apply will actually have the tendency to lessen the smell, ...
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What kind of wood should I use for making a toy car?

It really depends on the level of detail you want the wood to hold. My first response would be pine/fir/spruce. Most 2" x 4" material is pine, sometimes fir or spruce. It is cheap and all are '...
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Design for wall-hanging knife holder

First real attempt at using sketchup as I would have a hell of a time explaining this otherwise. Magnets for this type of this are everywhere but like you said you have a ceramic knife. When I found ...
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Easy to carve wood that takes a burn well

I think the answer to this question comes in several parts. I've turned several kinds of wood and have done some amount of wood burning in my younger days. I can't directly speak about pyrography in ...
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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. There's your problem. Kuksa's are best made from a close-grained wood (traditionally birch burl). Ash, being open-grained, is very ...
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Making a 8 Sided Wooden Pyramid

With handtools you typically want to follow a "coarse, medium, fine" workflow. The coarse step will get generally close to the line, medium will refine that to hit the line, and fine will fine-tune ...
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How can I flatten the floor of a small carved box?

Paul Sellers has a video on making a Poor Man's Router Plane using a chisel and a block of wood. Depending on the depth of the box, this method may work for you. NOTE: I take no responsibility for ...
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What tools were used to make this toy block?

There are CNC router bits as small as 1/32" (0.79mm) that would perform such tasks as this toy block. For obvious reasons, the feed rates have to be carefully managed. A skilled operator might create ...
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Carving a wood bowl or cut without a lathe

Depending on how deep the cup/bowl will be you may be able to carve it out with a large gouge, hook knife, or scorp. I would also look into power carving options, such as a burr on a Foredom-style ...
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How can I flatten the floor of a small carved box?

I'm going to expand somewhat on my Comment above. Hide it I don't think you're would be really happy with any smoothing option here so I strongly recommend you just sidestep the issue and line the ...
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How would I go about recreating this surface?

By hand You could do this using a gouge (a type of chisel with a curved cutting edge) but it would require that its edge be very sharp indeed* to get an acceptable surface inside the scoops. In ...
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What determines carving tools/chisels quality?

Well from what I can think off hand this might be helpful for you. 1) Thickness of metal, yup. My dad gotten a cheap set for wood carving. The metal was THIN. Less than a 1/8". I would try finding ...
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What determines carving tools/chisels quality?

TL;DR warning. In other areas of woodworking tools I can see why one brand would cost more than another because of quality, manufacturing, and material differences You forgot one other important ...
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How to whittle drumsticks with a swiss army knife?

My guess is that drumsticks are not carved, but rather are turned. I can't imagine you'll get the feel you want from carving, especially with a single ordinary blade that was never designed for ...
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What determines carving tools/chisels quality?

If you are just starting, your main problem is not going to be tool quality, it is going to be getting the right tool for the job. For example, one old book recommended the following as a set of basic ...
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How to go about cutting more "organic" shapes out of wood without machines like a CNC

You can create the outer shape by making a template for the back, cutting the workpiece to rough shape with the saw of your choice (probably bandsaw or jigsaw if using power tools), and using a router ...
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Cutting a spherical depression in wood

If you want to create this with the tools you mentioned you'll need a "core box" bit. This is a plunging router bit with a spherical profile. To determine the size we'll need to determine the radius ...
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How can I flatten the floor of a small carved box?

A suggestion of perhaps the wrong tool but a good result nonetheless. A milling machine uses end mills for removing material both from the sides and bottom of a work piece. It is a very bad idea to ...
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Woodcarving where do i start?

This may be a stupidly obvious answer, but get a good, solid pocket knife, and just start carving wood with it. Whittling is one of the lowest barrier-to-entry hobbies there is. Making something (...
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Carving long curved recess

I have not used a grinder for shaping wood as deeply as your project may require, but have free-form shaped concave surfaces using a disc grinder air tool. My suggestions include: If the leg is ...
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Thickness of back-panels, horizontal planks and vertical planks

There is no way I would use 37mm teak for the unseen back panel of piece of furniture. Personally, I would use plywood or hardboard; certainly 6mm solid wood would be fine (and for the kitchen ...
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How can I make a hole with a keyway in wood?

While I would just chuck the thing and buy a new toilet seat, you seem to be attached to it so... I'd suggest a non-woodworking solution: Find a maker space type of location near you and see if ...
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painting wood with existing engraving logo

When I was into model railroading as a kid, we used what was called "liquid mask" to paint onto areas that we didn't want a new coat/color of paint to adhere to. The liquid mask went on ...
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How to cut chevron detail on mjolnir handle

According to the diagram you have: Metal ridge - in another section of the "blueprint" this is labeled as "unbreakable leather". You could go with a ridge in the wood or just ...
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