With October coming to an end, it is time to start getting ready for Halloween. If you are looking for rainy day projects that are perfect for the season, carving a pumpkin should be at the top of your list.
Before going to get your old pumpkin carving tools from last year, or going out to buy new ones, you might want to consider using an oscillating multi-tool. The carving multi-tool will take a lot of the work out of the job, and with the right oscillating tool accessories, you can add fine details to your pumpkin’s design.
Best Tools for Carving a Pumpkin
An oscillating tool can be one of the best tools for carving a pumpkin. If you are looking for a good option to use as a pumpkin saw, the 20V Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tool will work well. The cordless design makes it easy to handle as you make a variety of different cuts and it has variable speeds for precision work.
Depending on the design, you could use a few different types of oscillating tool blades. Something like a wood cutting end cut blade can work well as a pumpkin cutter. If you are planning to carve some fine details into the pumpkin, you might want to look for a thin plunge cut blade for your oscillating tool.
In addition to the oscillating tool and its accessories, the best tools for carving a pumpkin include a paring knife, something to mark your design, and a large spoon for scooping out the insides of the pumpkin.
Using a Carving Multi Tool to Decorate a Pumpkin
Carving a pumpkin is a fun activity for the entire family. Instead of buying multiple sets of pumpkin carving tools, you can simplify the task by using your oscillating multi-tool and specific pumpkin saw attachments. Below is a step-by-step guide to carving a pumpkin with a multi-tool.
Remove the Top
The first step is to use the carving multi-tool to remove the top of the pumpkin. This can be done using the end cut blade in your oscillating tool. Gently work the tool into the top of the pumpkin and then cut your way around the top at an angle.
Once you have the top cut off like a lid, check for any loose pumpkin guts stuck to the bottom. If you need to, you can use the blade on your multi tool to clean up the top. Then, you can use a large serving spoon to clean out the inside.
Mark the Design
The next step is to mark the design that will guide your pumpkin saw. If you are going with something simple, you can just draw it freehand on the pumpkin. For designs that are more complex, you might want to draw it on paper before you put it on the pumpkin. You can also find pumpkin carving stencils that you can print from your computer.
Make Your Cuts
Once you have the design marked on the pumpkin, it is time to grab your carving multi-tool and start making your cuts. The wood end cut blade can be good for longer, straighter cuts. It can also work well for broader curves. For smaller details, you would want to use a narrow plunge cut blade. Something around 3/8-inch wide should work well for them.
Once you have made most of your cuts using the oscillating tool, you might need to finish up using some of your other pumpkin carving tools. If you see a small area that needs to be trimmed down or evened out, use the paring knife to finish the work.
Carving pumpkins is a fun Halloween activity for the whole family. With a good oscillating tool and the right blades, you can make all sorts of creative designs. Just remember to follow all of the best practices for oscillating tool safety when you are carving your pumpkins this year.
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