Shopping for power-carving bits, you learn one thing quickly: They come in astonishing variety.
Let's Have a Bit of Order
Shopping for power-carving bits, you learn one thing quickly: They come in astonishing variety. Your eyes may glaze over as you survey the array of types, shapes, and sizes. Are you facing a fathomless jumble? Not at all -- there is order to the world of carving.
A convenient way to classify power-carving cutters and grinders is by useroughing, carving, and detailing. Roughing out a carving, for instance, calls for quickly grinding away a lot of wood with little regard for surface finish. Forming feathers or other fine details, though, requires a more precise touch.
To select the proper type of bit, consider how much wood you want to remove, how fast you want to take it off, and how smooth you want the surface to be. We look at some of the popular choices in bits on the following pages.
As to size and shape, just pick the bit that best fits the job at hand. Some of the shapes you ll find are shown above.