Carving Pumpkins With Power Tools
For a faster way to carve pumpkins this October, look no further than your workshop.
Use a jigsaw to cut the top off
Get at the guts of the pumpkin. Cut out the top opening with your jigsaw. You’ll be surprised at how quickly this goes if you’ve ever fumbled with an inferior pumpkin carving knife. We didn’t test using different kinds of blades – apparently a pumpkin is easier to cut through than both wood AND metal.
Drywall saw works better than a knife
Use your trusty drywall saw to remove pumpkin guts and seeds. The aggressive teeth make quick work of this sloppy task – just make sure your knife is clean if you plan on saving the pumpkin seeds to roast for a snack later.
Use a hole saw
The perfect tool for making large, circular holes for the eyes is, you guessed it, a hole saw. Let the weight of the drill and teeth of the hole saw make the cut for you. Don’t press too hard, or you may end up with a smashed pumpkin.
Drill out the rest of the pattern
Using a large-diameter drill bit, cut out the face-mask holes. Again, don’t put too much pressure on the drill. You’ll be surprised how crisp and clean these holes come out – much faster than trying to cut them by hand with a knife.
Embellish with a rotary tool
We further embellished the face mask pattern with a rotary tool. The small grinding attachment works well for removing just the first layer of the pumpkin skin. This allows light to shine through, but not nearly as much as a full on hole through the pumpkin. Then we carefully cut through the outlines of the mask, leaving enough solid pumpkin to hold it in place.
Carve a pumpkin with a pressure washer
The carving tools used to make jack-o’-lanterns sometimes create more headaches and hand aches than they do smiles and joy. Pressure washers are ideal for someone who wants more of a giant smile and big cut out eyes for their jack-o’-lantern instead of an intricate design. Lazy man’s carving at its finest!
A sander can be a great tool to remove the skin of a pumpkin, though it might require a delicate touch.
Chisels can provide a more accurate way of peeling a pumpkin to form a design.
This handy little tool attaches to a drill and will make gutting a pumpkin easier. It just might make gutting a pumpkin fun, too.
Dremel Drum Sander Band
A dremel drum sander can be a great tool for pumpkin carving, whether for large designs or smaller pieces.