About 5 years ago my wife brought home some big pumpkins and we decided to carve them. I wanted to do something real fun and I found a really elaborate spider web. I didn't have any pumpkin carving tools and this was going to require more than a kitchen knife so I looked around my shop to see what I could scrounge up and I ended up with a very good pumpkin carving tool. It doesn't require anything but a dowel and a coping saw blade. No glue is required. Now that I'm into authoring instructables and it's that time of year, I figured I'd share. Read on to learn how.
- Heavy wire cutters (don't use your favorite wire cutters though--you might damage them cutting the spring steel of a saw blade.)
- Vice (very handy but not absolutely necessary)
- Coping Saw blade
- Dowel or some other long slender piece of wood or plastic
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Step 1: Locate a coping saw blade.
Step 2: Cut the tip of the pumpkin carving tool blade.
It turns out that the "clipping off" of the saw blade with the cutters actually creates an "edge" on the blade like a knife--handy for stabbing into pumpkins.
Step 3: Cut the handle end of the carving tool blade.
I cut the handle end in the shape of a point as well because I'm going to be pressing it into a hole in the handle and a point will make it the easiest for us.
Step 4: Pick a handle.
I also could have used a section of 3/8" dowel I had laying around but the 1/2" will fit better in my hand I think.
Step 5: Drill the handle for the blade.
I don't have a drill press but I have a vice. Whatever you use, you want to be real careful if you don't have a vice or something to hold it with. If you don't have a vice, use a vice grip. You don't want the dowel to tip and stab yourself with the five-sixty-fourth!
It's not imperative that you drill straight in but drill it as centered and straight as you can.