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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  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    you are so freaking clever. that sign is lovely 🙂

    • Kenz

      Why thank you! I’m very pleased with it!

  • Ainhoa

    It looks great! Way to adapt. Hope your wrist is better!

    • Kenz

      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.

  • Valerie

    That turned out beautiful! What a great giveaway. 😀

    • Kenz

      Thanks Valerie. I’m glad you stopped by!

  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    Awesome. I have a dremel and don’t use it much now you make me want to get it out to try this. Such a cool idea!

    • Kenz

      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.

  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    This looks so great! I love how simple it is but how it is totally adaptable to any project.

    • Kenz

      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!

  • Michelle

    This is cute! And that looks like a power tool I could get behind!

    • Kenz

      For sure! It’s pretty simple to use, and even better if you don’t have tingly wrist problems.

  • 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!

    • Kenz

      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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    • Kenz

      It’s such a sweet prize! I hope you win it!

  • 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 😉

    • Kenz

      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 🙂

  • Kenz, I love this! A great project for fall 🙂 xo Kristin

    • Kenz

      Thank you! I love it! I’ve never been a seasonal decorator, so this was really pushing it for me.

  • Anu

    What a great idea! I never would have thought of using a dremel this way. I like how you were able to make it into a cute sign for the door. 🙂

    • Kenz

      Thanks Anu! It was a lot of fun to create it!

  • Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

    What a fun technique! We have a Dremmel, and TOTALLY need to try this!

    • Kenz

      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?

  • Cassie Bustamante

    WOW- this is awesome!!! you are too cool for me.

    • Kenz

      haha oh please! YOU are the cool one!

  • You’re so creative Kenz! I’m going to run and hide in the corner after I say this but I actually prefer the smaller sign over that huge board! Seems more cozy, kind of like the fall season. Ok, I’m running away now 😉

    • Kenz

      haha, I like the smaller one better too. The big one was just… too big? haha, I’ll run and hide with you!

  • Nick

    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.

    • Kenz

      Uggg… why don’t I have a friend named Autumn?!!!!

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art

    Love the font you went with for your words. Too bad about the carpal tunnel, but I love your creative solution!

    • Kenz

      Thanks! It makes me happy that you appreciate my design!

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    Love the arrow detail!

    • Kenz

      Thank you! I was afraid it was going to look tacky.

  • Emily May

    Looks absolutely awesome. Love the font you used… it’s like it was just meant to be just one word the whole time!

    • Kenz

      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

  • 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!)

    • Kenz

      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

  • Heidi Selover

    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.)

    • Kenz

      I have a board for you to practice on! Love you!

  • John @ Our Home from Scratch

    I actually own a Dremel that I’ve never used. Now I have a reason to keep it!

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  • Tonya68123

    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?

    • Kenz

      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!

  • teresa

    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.

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  • Matthew Burke

    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