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The Best Power Tools for Carving Pumpkins

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

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Use Your Jigsaw to Cut the Top of the Pumpkin

Use Your Jigsaw to Cut the Top of the Pumpkin

Get at the guts of the pumpkin. Cut out the top opening with your jigsaw. Youll be surprised at how quickly this goes if youve ever fumbled with an inferior pumpkin carving knife. We didnt test using different kinds of blades apparently a pumpkin is easier to cut through than both wood AND metal.

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Drywall Saw is Better than a Knife

Drywall Saw is 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.

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Use a Hole Saw

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. Dont press too hard, or you may end up with a smashed pumpkin.

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Drill Out the Rest of the Pattern

Drill Out the Rest of the Pattern

Using a large-diameter drill bit, cut out the facemask holes. Again, dont put too much pressure on the drill. Youll be surprised how crisp and clean these holes come out much faster than trying to cut them by hand with a knife.

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Embellish with a Rotary Tool

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.

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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. This is 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! Check out this video to see how it’s done.

There are some things you should never pressure wash, and these 11 things are on that list!

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Sander

A sander can be a great tool to remove the skin of a pumpkin, though it might require a delicate touch. If you’d rather do your decorating unplugged, check out how a zigzag pattern can make a pumpkin pop.

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Blue Spruce Toolworks Dovetail ChiselCourtesy of Blue Spruce Toolworks

Chisels

Chisels can provide a more accurate way of peeling a pumpkin to form a design. You’ve got to see these outstanding pumpkin designs you can do.

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Pumpkin Gutter

This handy little tool attaches to a drill and will make gutting a pumpkin easier. It might make gutting a pumpkin fun, too. Check out these really cool painted pumpkins.

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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. If you’re sick of the pumpkin spice craze that takes place annually, watch out for these 25 ridiculous pumpkin spice products.

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