Carving Pumpkins With Power Tools

For a faster way to carve pumpkins this October, look no further than your workshop.

Carving the top of a pumpkin with a jigsaw | Construction Pro Tips

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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 saws slicing away the pumpkin junk

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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.

Drilling eyes out of a pumpkin with a hole saw | Construction Pro Tips

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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.

Drilling out the smaller parts of a pattern on a pumpkin | Construction Pro Tips

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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.

Embellishing pumpkin designs with a rotary tool | Construction Pro Tips

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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.

Pumpkin with a hand inside of it | Construction Pro Tips

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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!

Sanding pads of various grits laying on a table | Construction Pro Tips

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A sander can be a great tool to remove the skin of a pumpkin, though it might require a delicate touch.

Four different chisels | Construction Pro Tips

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Chisels can provide a more accurate way of peeling a pumpkin to form a design.

A pumpkin gutter that attaches to a drill | Construction Pro Tips

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Pumpkin Gutter

This handy little tool attaches to a drill and will make gutting a pumpkin easier. It just might make gutting a pumpkin fun, too.

A dremmel drum sander bit | Construction Pro Tips

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Dremel Drum Sander Band

A dremel drum sander can be a great tool for pumpkin carving, whether for large designs or smaller pieces.