How To Etch Wood With A Dremel {Fall Project}

You guys, I am SO fired up for today’s post!  This is such an easy fall project (or anytime of year project!) that anyone of any skill level can do.  I know, because it was my first time ever.  This is a tale of how I lost Dremel-ginity.

I was contacted by and asked if I’d like to participate in a fall project extravaganza.  I said HECK TO THE YES!  I LOVE  I’ve been using the site forever.  As any true DIYer, I’m always focused on saving money.  And has coupons for everything from groceries to home improvement supplies.  Did you know they even have coupons for POWER TOOLS?!  My favorite ever.  Go look around and I guarantee you’ll find something worth saving money on.

I was able to find a coupon for a Dremel, and I’ve been wanting one FOREVER.  It was like the stars aligned.  What’s so great about a Dremel you ask?  It is the Swiss army knife of power tools.  It’s a multi-tool with interchangeable bits.  To name a few functions, it can etch glass, etch wood, carve wood, burn wood, drill, polish, sand, route and so much more.

I have never used a Dremel before, so when I picked it up, I made sure practice on a block of wood first so I could get the feel for it.

How To Etch Wood With A Dremel

For my fall project I wanted to etch a piece of subway art.  I picked up a piece of craft wood 2’X4′ in the hobby section of Home Depot for $6.  I got to staining it right away.

How To Etch Wood With A Dremel

How To Etch Wood With A Dremel

I taped the template to the board and lightly traced the outline with the Dremel.

How To Etch Wood With A Dremel

The Dremel came with a few standard bits, and I used one of them to etch/carve it out.  For your reference, I used a 192.  It looks like this:

How To Etch Wood With A Dremel

After the board was roughed in, I buckled down and started etching.

How To Etch Wood With A Dremel

Except, I forgot one MAJOR thing.  I have carpel tunnel.  And using a Dremel kills after about 45 mins.  One thing I’ve learned in all my projects is that you have to be adaptable and change plans sometimes.  I just had to accept that there was no way in the world I would finish the entire board.  To give you an idea of the scale, here it is on the mantle.

How To Etch Wood With A Dremel

Yeah.  Not happening.  Dremel, I love you, but I can’t handle that much of you.  So I found a way to change it up and shorten it.

How To Etch Wood With A Dremel

It was a shift in gears, but I thought it came together nicely.  It could be an inside sign, but I decided to drill a couple holes and thread some twine through, to hang it on the front door.

How To Etch Wood With A Dremel

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How To Etch Wood With A Dremel

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48 thoughts on “How To Etch Wood With A Dremel {Fall Project}”

    1. Thanks Ainhoa! My wrist is fine. I just had to take too many breaks, I knew I’d never have the time to complete the entire thing.

    1. You should definitely pull it out and put it to use. You won’t be disappointed. It’s SO easy to use. It made me feel like an artist.

    1. I know! I want to make a board for every season. Or just something awesome to hang in the living room. It’s so rustic and would go so well!

  1. This turned out so cool! And I love that you made it into a sign for the door to hang.

    In other news, I now need a Dremel. My husband thanks you.

    So excited that I got to be part of this! What a fun project!

    1. hahaha! K, but I PROMISE you won’t regret getting a Dremel. They are so versatile. You’ll use it for everything… probably even cutting Henry’s hair. Except, don’t try that.

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    Nice save! I love the finished sign. And I want a dremel. And I think I’m getting carpal tunnel syndrome just thinking about doing that whole original sign 😉

    1. hahaha! I felt like I had really great intentions with the original sign, but it was just so HUGE. There’s no way. haha. Maybe if I was going to paint it or chalk it… but not dremel. We’ll stick to small scale from now on 🙂

    1. Oh my gosh, YES! You are the master artist and wood-worker. This is completely up your alley. I’m sure you’d find something completely amazing to do. Maybe a silhouette?

  3. Well that turned out nifty didn’t it.
    Plus, if you have a friend named Autumn, you can have her stand to the right of it when she’s over at your house. Total “I’m with stupid” set up.

    1. haha thanks! I actually had the same thought! I’m glad the first word was something good like autumn, not something like “hot chocolate” lol

  4. Okay – I want a Dremel now. That looks too freaking awesome, and even though your wrists didn’t let you finish the gigantico sign, your smaller not-a-wreath door hanging is awesome!

    Oh mah… you’ve gotta start working on something for the wee babe you’re cooking right now. I’m thinking… nursery art. Or what about a stool with her name “Dremel-ed” into it? (You’ll use the stool forever and ever, I swear – if you find a good one at a tag sale or something, pick it up!)

    1. Nursery art! YES! Maybe instead of staining a board, I will paint it, then dremel a design into it. I LOVE the stool idea! I need to start hitting up the thrift stores for one. They always seem to have old wood bar stools

  5. Don’t I get an “easy entry” for living with Interiors by Kenz? 🙂 Love you! I love seeing that sign on the door, you’re a rockstar, and I can’t wait till I learn to dremel. (assuming I last more than 30 seconds withing giving up. you know me and power tools.)

  6. Where do you get templates at so I can use my hubby’s Dremel I just got him for Christmas? Also, do you use the same tip to fill it in or a different one?

    1. I made my own template in and just printed it large enough for the board. I used the same bit the entire project. Good luck!

  7. I too have problems with my hands but love to etch glass with my Dremel. I had problems at first with small detail because of the bulk of the tool but my loving husband found the flex shift attachment for my dremel. It is more like holding a large pencil. It feels so much better and manageable that I use it all the time.

  8. I know this is a little behind, but if you haven’t, look into getting the flex shaft attachment for the Dremel. It’s much little and easier to grip. Might help out with the pain in your wrist

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