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Discussion in 'Carving Forum: Hand, Power, & Chainsaw Carving' started by APBcustoms, May 9, 2018.

  1. APBcustoms

    APBcustoms your every day wood addict Full Member Thread Starter

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    Hey guys I have a few small wooden sculptures I'll be making for an upcoming art show. They will be about 8 inches tall. I want to power carve them but don't know what to buy... I really don't want to spend a ton but I'll do what I have to. Any suggestions on carvers and also aggressive bits?
     
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    Aggressive Bits - I bought the 8 piece set 1 st. listing, the 10 piece below it has a couple of pointy bits in it that would work for a little more detail. But these are NOT real intricate bits. They aren't going to do finite detail, but chuck them up in the die grinder and they'll definitely remove some wood in a hurry.

    Detail Work - I bought this set, for my rotary tools.

    Haven't carved anything with either of them yet, have used both a little and they seem to be decent quality.
     
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    APBcustoms your every day wood addict Full Member Thread Starter

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    Thank you I'm also trying to decide on a rotary tool.. are ones like dremels ok? Or should I invest in a different style rotary tool?
     
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    I don't have any carving experience, but if I was going to do a lot of carving, I would invest in a Foredom style tool.

    I have this one that was given to me as a gift. From what little I've played around with it, it works well. And the price is hard to beat.
     
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    APBcustoms your every day wood addict Full Member Thread Starter

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    That's a killer price! Thank you! I really wasnt trying to spend over a hundred on this so you made it possible!
     
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    rocky1 Creator of Shavings and Sawdust! Full Member

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    Rotary tools are fine for little projects, the Fordham tool like Matt mentioned above are much easier to work with than a rotary tool however. You aren't fighting motor weight, or torque, and that allows you greater precision.
     
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    APBcustoms your every day wood addict Full Member Thread Starter

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    What I'm carving is a nautilus shell and some mushrooms. But I want the mushrooms to be as realistic as possible. I'm going to carve out the gills and add texture to some of them
     
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    Be sure to buy an extra shaft or two. They'll end their life at the least opportune time, and you can't just go down to the big box and pick one up. Dremels are fine for fine detail work, but not efficient for other hogging and carving. They also get hot in the hand. Also be sure you get collets that fit the bit shafts that you buy or have.

    Oh, and if you want to hog out wood fast in the roughing stage - consider the Kutzall bits, especially the Extreme ones. You'll be glad you did.
     
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    I recently bought the same one, I have used it some. likes; it is quiet and has plenty of power, the price was nice and it appears to be heavy duty and very well made. Dislikes; the flex shaft is thick and a bit shorter than I would like, and the hand piece is kinda big and clunky, I get hand cramps wrestling with the rig after a while. I have been using a dremel with a flex shaft for years and it served me well, spins faster and is better for detail work IMO, but ironically, a dremel and flex shaft would cost more than the big unit. As far as bits, the carbide style like Saburr or Cutzall are the best IMO, but expensive, they sell em both on amazon... you will want to stock up on the little 1/2" sanding drums, and plenty of sleeves in different grits, they work great for shaping and sanding...
     
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    I have a little mini-chainsaw type carver. It makes quick work out of getting rid of lots of wood. Makes one helluva mess in a short period of time...
     
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    APBcustoms your every day wood addict Full Member Thread Starter

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    Like a King Arthur?
     
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    your link does not work for me but yes. it is a fun tool with quite a bit of control.
     
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    APBcustoms your every day wood addict Full Member Thread Starter

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    Didn't do a link just a name
     
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    The Arbortech stuff is pretty good also - but pricey
     
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    Matt linked me to the one he mentioned and also Barry has awhile back. I like it but agree shaft is a little short but no jave it mounted under a low shelf right on work bench . It's worked well for price and couple spoons I've done with it.
     
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    APBcustoms your every day wood addict Full Member Thread Starter

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    Well I got a saburrtooth bit set and a shaft driven rotary too! Wish me luck!

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    Looks like your all set Austin:good2:
     
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