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Has anyone used Dremel to carve faces in wood, such as a walking stick? Do you have a suggestion for bits to use? Wood to use?

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The structured tooth tungstun carbide bits do well for wood removal, then the high speed cutter and engraving bits are great for less removal. Some even use the sanding drums to remove areas. Even the diamond bits do small areas, tiny carving details and light duty sanding. You can even use the multipurpose bit, #561, for heavy duty removal, watch the grain of the wood and wrench tighten the bit into the chuck though. Also, I've even used the tile cutting bit and the grout removal bits on hard woods like cherry and dogwood and apple. Be careful of the fruit and nut woods as some (like black walnut) can be toxic, use a dust mask and ventilation, and some people have allergies or can develop them to fruit trees. Also, air dried wood that stays wet can have fungus in it so that too should have ventilation and masks.

For finish sanding, you can try the aluminum oxide stones, I've gotten a nice smooth finish with the cone shaped one that can get into areas the sanding drums cannot, just watch your speed and pressure so you don't burn the wood, unless you want that effect.

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Ok, that's helpful. Thank you!
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The woodsprit post was 9 yrs. ago. Recently I've been using large Typhon bits to quickly remove bark from Cottonwood & diamond willow and hard woods. I soak the bits in disher washer soap to clean. Beware of wearing gloves and keep those spinning bits away form clothing. I had a student go beserk when a bit grab his lose apron, droped the tool, started screming...... I shut down the class and went over my safety procedures, again. When this happens, pull the electric plug to turn off the tool, trying to reach an out of control power tool on/off button is risky  Have a Happy Power Day.

SAFETY FIRST, NOW TURN ON THE TOOL


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