Dremel Wood Carving Letters
This article was co-authored by staff writer, Hunter Rising. Hunter Rising is a staff writer based in Los Angeles. He has more than three years of writing and working experience. Hunter holds a BFA in Entertainment Design – Stout and a minor in English Writing from the University of Wisconsin.
Dremel Wood Carving Letters
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Carving letters in wood is a great craft project that you can use to create personalized signs or decorations. If you want to start wood carving, all you need is some tools and a place to work. After placing your letters on the wood, you can either carve the letters by hand with a chisel or use a handheld rotary tool to do the job. Faster. Once you know how to engrave, you’ll be able to create any character you want!
This article was co-authored by staff writer, Hunter Rising. Hunter Rising is a staff writer based in Los Angeles. He has more than three years of writing and working experience. Hunter holds a BFA in Entertainment Design – Stout and a minor in English Writing from the University of Wisconsin. This article has been viewed 50,284 times. You all know how much I love my DIY woodworking. A project I’ve always wanted to try? Making a carved wooden sign! Do you want to know how to make a sign using a Dremel? Keep reading!
If you’ve never carved a wooden sign before, it can be kind of intimidating. I’m going to break it down step by step so you can follow along. I promise this is a super beginner-friendly project that anyone can do.
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To create the template for making my carved wooden signs, I first found a vintage monogram vector that I liked. This vector file comes from freepik.com, a site that has tons of great design elements and graphic resources.
Update for 2021: Yes, I have since launched a free resource of design files that you can use here. Making these design files was seriously how I stayed sane in 2020, so have fun! Enjoy!
Yes, PowerPoint! You can easily do this step with a more robust graphic design software (such as Adobe Illustrator), but I find that PowerPoint gets the job done much faster.
First, you’ll want to set the dimensions of your sign so that it fits snugly when you print your template. My sign was 10 inches by 7 inches. You can set the dimensions on the Design tab by clicking “Page Setup”. Easy!
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For my template, I used two different monograms, including the bottom swirly bits of the “M” monogram and the “D” monogram. I copied the image so it was a duplicate, then cropped the images so I had the parts I wanted.
Then, under the Picture Format tab, I set black as a transparent color and changed the rest of the colors to gray so I could see the template more easily. I added a text box with the family name, then printed it! Seriously simple. In about 10 minutes, I had the perfect template for my custom carved wood sign.
I placed the template on my wooden sign, then traced the image pressing hard so I left a visible dent in the wood. Incidentally, this technique is perfect for other woodworking projects, such as painting signs or wood burning.
…and, hey, in the end, this technique worked just fine for this project. It was a bit difficult to see the small indentations in the wood in some places I outlined in pencil.
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But after I spent an hour tracing my outline onto a wooden sign, I discovered a much simpler method.
I could print out my template, spray the back with hairspray, stick it to my wooden sign, and carve through the template. Then, once I finished making the carved wood sign, I could wipe off any template that was still attached to the wood.
Here begins the fun part! Firing up the Dremel! I first used a very fine engraving tip to outline the template. About five minutes into the project, I’m not going to lie, I started wondering why I chose such a complicated monogram to use.
After tracing the design with a small engraving tip, I switched to a larger tip to begin carving. I have found that the larger carving tips are very easy to use. The larger tip glides more smoothly across the grain of the wood, and it’s much easier to carve with a consistent depth.
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Once I was done carving my carved wood sign, I used a fine sanding paper to smooth out any rough edges from my Dremel carving tool. I gave the piece a light sanding, focusing on the edges of the carving that needed a bit of smoothing.
Well, let’s be honest, my husband did the part because I’m too pregnant to use traditional stains. And while I’ve played with other pregnancy-safe stains and enjoyed using them (like coffee!), I wanted to finish this piece off with Minwax Provincial. I love how it turned out! do you
Also, if you have any other ideas for wood carving projects, be sure to leave a comment below or pop a note on Instagram. I am officially hooked on wood carving! And if you love this post, be sure to share it with your friends. I love dreaming, imagining possibilities, and starting projects. I love that you can take something and make something. I like to think outside the box and try something new.
I was very excited when I was given the opportunity to try out the Dremel Micro 8050. I had never used it before and was very excited about the possibilities. You know I love to make signs and basically anything with an inspirational quote. Now I had the opportunity to learn to carve, and I was very happy.
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Turns out I love this stuff, and I’ll tell you how I made my Georgia home sign. Also, below is a video that captures the process.
I started by taking an old piece of cedar wood and sanding the sides well. I then did a rough/rustic paint job and lightly sanded it afterwards to moderate any thick solids of the paint.
Next, I measured where I wanted my word “home” to go and penciled it in, so I would have a guide to follow with my Dremel.
I was ready to start again! I was so excited that I didn’t wait until my Dremel was fully charged. lesson learned I was forced to be even more patient and wait for it to charge when my project was half done. So, good lesson for me… charge your Dremel while you’re building your project.
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I found myself carving and it was so easy and fun! I literally started and finished carving the house and asked myself, “What else can I do?” I did a few more pointers because I just couldn’t put this thing down!
The dremel was very easy to practice. I was very impressed with my first attempt. I thought maybe I should play with it a bit on some scrap wood, before starting my project, but my impatience got the best of me, as usual, and I just dove in. To my pleasant surprise, it worked perfectly!
Some of the features I love is that it is wireless! This was very important because I was turning it to complete the letters. Plus, I was able to sit on my front porch while my kids played, and carved. There was no major arrangement. Dremel says it’s “lightweight and easy to handle in tight spaces, the Dremel® Micro™ 8050 is packed with features designed for crafters, hobbyists and DIYers: soft grip, LED to illuminate projects front-end lighting, a docking station that charges continuously, and an 8V max lithium-ion battery.”
After Dremel-ed (did I make that word up?) my signs, I stained them. I felt like I was learning and experimenting with a new craft this whole project, so I played around with painting my carved letters and leaving them plain. I love both looks! Each method creates a unique look. I glued on a decorative piece of wood and my signs are complete! I think I am hooked and you will be seeing many new projects in my future with this Dremel.
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Do you have a Dremel? The Micro 8050 can cut, engrave, engrave, sand, grind, sharpen, clean and polish—helping you bring any amazing project to life. It is fully compatible with all Dremel rotary tool accessories. I demonstrated the etching / carving technique, but I can’t wait to try out other features of it on future projects.
Here is a fun, short video