Cleaning up carvings


(Stephen Gullage) #1

When I’m doing a carving, either v-carving or 2.5D work, there’s always a few little bits that need work to clean up. Naturally, it’s hard to get sponge sandpaper into those tiny crevices. I have been using an old toothbrush to do the cleanup, and I also have some radial bristle disks and they work ok if it’s a long straight line, but not much good for curves or depressions in the carving.

What is everybody using for doing cleanup on deep carvings?


(mikep) #2

Coarse steel wool, 3M scotchbrite (not the dish ones, the big 6x9 metal/woodworking ones), and sometimes a sharp exacto knife.


(John Gowrie) #3

I use a combination of the detail sanding pencils ( search amazon and you will find them easily ), the 3m radial discs + Dremel and the diamond encrusted engraving bits for the Dremel normally get me cleaned up… I also have a large sanding mop on my drill that does a nice job.


(John Gowrie) #4

some woods though I find just don’t want to clean up 100% smooth… Oak sometimes. Only way to really get super clean results is probably use the expensive tools with the replaceable blades and flip them to a clean edge every few jobs…i.e. Amana… I am seriously considering one of they 1/4" shank tool sets meant for smaller CNC’s. I suppose you can polish your cutters with a stone but I never seem to get that exactly right… and some tool have those funky double angle type edges that I don’t think you can get by hand ( like the ones the Carbide sells - the Whiteside style tool edges )