How to Carve Words Into Wood

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How to Carve Words Into Wood
Carving words into wood is a part of woodworking. (Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Carving words in wood creates attractive pieces of artwork that are unique and beautiful. There are many different methods to carve wood. One way is to use a high speed rotating tool such as a Dremel that can produce precise carvings quickly and cleanly. A steady hand and attention to detail are valuable skills in woodworking, and carving words into woods requires both.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Wood plank
  • Safety glasses
  • Dremel rotary tool (or similar)
  • High-speed cutting bits
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Sanding block

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    Carving Words into Wood

  1. 1

    Draw a straight line on the plank of wood using a ruler and a pencil. Write the words to carve on the straight line. If errors are made, erase the words and begin again. Depending on the size of the wood surface, change the length and size of the words to match. Give yourself extra space to finesse any mistakes when carving.

  2. 2

    Put on safety glasses and attach the wood carving bit into the high speed tool. Follow the instructions for your rotary tool.

  3. 3

    Trace the letters lightly of each word using the high speed rotating tool. Adjust the depth of the carving as required.

  4. 4

    Carve the words from left to right using the high speed rotating tool.

  5. 5

    Sand the edges of the carved words using the sanding block to make the surfaces smooth and polished.

Tips and warnings

  • It is best to practice the wood carving technique on a scrap piece of wood before beginning.
  • Always use safety glasses to prevent any flying pieces of wood from hitting the eyes.

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