Regardless of how powerful the tool you have bought to help you perform wood carving is, you will not get far if you do not choose the right bit to put on the end of it.
This is the part of the machine which will be responsible for crafting the wood as you require.
The power tool will be the part that generates the rotations per minute i.e., the engine. The carving bit can be looked at as the tires or wheels of this machine.
They are useful for achieving different results. They are meant to offer the user variety in terms of what they can do.
This means that they are made from different metals and have been designed differently in terms of size. To maximize your potential in woodcarving you will need to be aware of the most important bits you can get.
Every bit serves a particular purpose but there are some that are more useful in a general sense, therefore, should not be left out.
The different bits and their uses
- Saburr Tooth Bits
This variety of carving bits is known as the teeth of carving bits. They are useful for tearing and breaking apart wood with very few challenges. These bits as mentioned earlier only serve the purpose of digging into the wood.
You cannot use these if you wish to smooth out a piece of wood. Rather this is an aggressive power carving bit that is used to smash wood into pieces. The reason that this bit is important is because it is used in the beginning stages of woodcarving.
At this point, you most likely will have a large section of wood that you wish to work on. To get the wood ready for carving you will need to cut it down to regular size.
This is the bit that will help you to do so. The Saburr Tooth Bits can function at a very high rate of rotations per minute. The range on this is between 4,000 to 25,000 RPM.
- Fluted Carving Bits
The fluted carving bits are the second important category of power bits that you should have. These have been made to be slightly more delicate than the Saburr Tooth Bits.
They are useful when you have now broken down the wood into a manageable section and wish to perform the initial work on this.
Often you would be looking at using it on smaller projects as they can only handle 1/4 inch of wood at a time. Essentially what you will be doing with this power bit is smoothing off the rough and ragged wound that you cut into with the Saburr Tooth Bits.
This product is quite important because it will allow you to successfully get to the third stage of woodcarving where you can apply the finer details. It bridges the gap between very delicate carving bits and the strongest you can get.
- Diamond Carving Bits
Now we get to the perfectionists of the carving bits family. Diamond carving bits can be considered as the final touch to any wood crafting project you may be working on.
If you wish to produce a high-quality wood carving, then you will need this to apply the final details to the project.
Consider it useful for cleaning wood before it is done. If you wish to complete a full piece of work, then this is a powerful bit you require because it will differentiate your work from an unmastered piece to a piece of art.
Bits for sanding
- Cushioned Sanding Drums
Cushion sanding drums are mandrels that are made with a soft rubber casing that will attach to the cloth.
Essentially how this product works is that the sandpaper is cushioned by a cloth that attaches to the motor.
You can then adjust the number of rotations per minute on the motor to allow for gentle or heavy sanding on the product you are working on.
It is known to work best on smaller projects rather than big ones because the dimensions of the product are quite minute. The size of this range is between 1/4 inch and 1/8th of an inch.
- De-fuzzing Pads and Radial Bristle Brushes
De-fuzzing pads are the carving bit you probably never knew that you needed until you saw someone else using them.
It is essentially a brush that connects to the main power tool which is useful for removing that uncomfortable file that remains on after work.
This is considered a stage 3 product which is useful for polishing and cleaning up the final product. It is made from low synthetic steel wool which will hit the wood at a consistent rate taking all the wood fuzz with it.
The product also comes with a pad that one must use before they remove the fuzz because it cleans the wood.
In conclusion, what you must understand about wood carving is that it involves a three-stage process. Stage one is one of the most important bits that you will need because without it you cannot work onward.
This is the stage where you make use of Saburr Tooth bits to cut the wood down to a size that is manageable in the workshop.
Once you have cut the wood down then you will need to clean and smooth it over nicely. This can be done with the flute bits.
There are many kinds of flute bits that you can get but ensure that you get one in this category.
Once you have smooth wood down you can then begin to apply finer details to this by using diamond bits. Diamond boots are the most powerful yet smallest bits you can get.
These are often the most expensive, but if you need an alternative, you can use Ruby bits. The diamond bits will come in handy when you are trying to turn a product into a masterpiece. See our Where to Buy Wood Carving Tools post to find out how you can save some money by buying from the right places.