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Dremel Pumpkin Carver 167

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GimpyMcJackass writes "With Halloween just around the corner, Dremel has "developed" the ultimate pumpkin carver set. It actually looks like it's just your normal dremel (although it's translucent orange) with a 191 high speed cutter and some fancy patterns. Of course, if you already have a Dremel and cutter (or reasonable knock-off of either/both), then you can just download some patterns."
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Dremel Pumpkin Carver

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  • by redhotchil (44670) on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @08:26PM (#10648787) Homepage Journal
    Goatse Pumpkin [zoy.org] (nws duh)
  • Overkill (Score:5, Funny)

    by pholower (739868) * <(moc.oohay) (ta) (liartdoowgnol)> on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @08:27PM (#10648795) Homepage Journal
    I love it when a company releases a product specificly for overkill. But I love the idea of hacking through a pumkin with ease, just don't let the kids use it. "Mom, look what I carved into danny's head!"
  • download (Score:5, Funny)

    by Coneasfast (690509) on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @08:27PM (#10648796)
    if you already have a Dremel and cutter (or reasonable knock-off of either/both), then you can just download some patterns.

    not anymore
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @08:27PM (#10648799)
    You heard it here first.
    • Not too surprising; that's exactly what industrial robots are used for.


      Well, not pumpkins per se, but for moving a tool (spot welder, MIG welder, grinder, etc.) through a path with a repeatablility of about a mil.


      This [robocoaster.com], on the other hand, scares the crap out of me. I've seen robots get belligerent. You think car bodies are strong? A bad point in the path, and robot shreds car like tissue paper.

  • by sczimme (603413) on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @08:30PM (#10648825)

    It's a neat idea, but using a small-diameter, high-RPM cutting tool to carve a pumpkin essentially guarantees the immediate area will be coated in a fine orange spray.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that.
  • by YetAnotherName (168064) on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @08:31PM (#10648829) Homepage
    ... in fact, a fellow nerd/geek/hacker said I should add a Dremel Tool to our wedding gift registry. Best thing we've got.

    But back on topic, the Dremel is certainly an excellent tool to use on firm pumpkin flesh. An electric knife is just too flimsy (but are perfect for carving the turkey, so spend the US$20 and get yourself one already), and santokus have blades that are just a bit too thin (but are wonderful for vegetables and fruits, so get yourself one already). You can use a chef's knife, but given all of the static force required to get through pumpkin flesh, it's just an accident waiting to happen (but they're wonderful for getting through bones and for when you've lent your santoku to someone, so get one already). Go Dremel.

    (If you visit my kitchen, you'll see I even have the Black-and-Decker modification to the pepper grinder, inspired by Alton Brown [altonbrown.com].)
    • Go Dremel.

      But chainsaws are more fun (so get one already).

      KFG
    • In my kitchen you'll see an electric drill with steel wire brush next to the coffee machine. I use it in some really heavy-duty dishwashing (like before and after each bbq).
    • For $2.25, you can buy a pumpkin carving tool [yankeehalloween.com].

      These things work great, are real cheap, don't leave an orange spray all over the place, and are safe for kids.

    • How about this to increase the resolution of the face for the pumpkin? http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tools/Dremel_rotary_to ols,_attachments/1/Precision_Router_Base.html [stewmac.com]
      Then make a new plate for the base from clear acrylic any size or shape you feel would be helpful.Make use of small cutters for fine lines at a fairly well gauged depth and control depth on even fairly wide cuts dependent on size of base.hell make several bases!
    • You're right - it's an excellent tool for firm pumpkin flesh, but nothing harder. I shudder every time I see someone talking about having modded their steel PC case with a Dremel toy^Hol.
    • What is the B&D mod?

      Was cleaning up the garage today. Found a corded and a cordless Dremel, as well as four soldering irons.
  • Article Text (Score:4, Informative)

    by The Good Reverend (84440) <michael@michris.cHORSEom minus herbivore> on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @08:31PM (#10648831) Homepage Journal
    It's already slowing down fast...

    -----

    TOOLS
    #764-01 Pumpkin Carving Kit

    Pumpkin kits are available at Lowes stores, or contact Dremel directly at 1-800-4-DREMEL to order your pumpkin carving kit today!

    For those looking to carve more advanced pumpkins than the traditional jack o'lantern this Halloween, the Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit allows fast, easy carving of spectacularly sculpted pumpkins. Using the templates provided (or one of the thousands of pre-made templates available on the market), the Pumpkin Carving Kit makes carving intricate pumpkin designs as easy as tracing a drawing.

    Create pumpkins that are sure to impress the entire neighborhood!

    Join the Dremel Owner club chatroom to share and learn about other Dremel owners carving pumpkins.

    Product Features:
    6V 2-speed cordless rotary tool
    Runs on 4 - AA alkaline batteries
    6,000 / 12,000 RPM
    191 High-Speed Cutter - ideal for carving intricate designs
    Six bonus templates included

    • The Dremel Owner's Club... talk about knowing you have a cult product on your hands. I almost want one of these pumpkin carver beasties too.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    I love it when the /. effect is ironic. :)
  • by zentex (176409) on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @08:40PM (#10648893) Journal
    I have less than 3 days until the greedy beggars will be at my house and I haven't gotten candy, pumpkins, let alone carved the unbought pumpkins.

    I *finally* find a constructive use for my dremel and you people have /.'d the site. IF I'm lucky, perhaps the patterns page will load by saturday and then I'll have a few hours to scramble and have a sorry excuse for a carved pumpkin on my doorstep. /rant
  • Wow! (Score:1, Redundant)

    by BrynM (217883) *
    Wow! We Slashdotted Dremel! I'll be damned.
  • by insanewombat (656212) on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @08:43PM (#10648918)
    None of this dremel stencil business - what you all need is a Trogdor stencil for your pumpkin! http://www.homestarrunner.com/ween_stencils.html [homestarrunner.com]
  • by Trigulus (781481) on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @08:48PM (#10648946) Journal
    I used my dremel tool to carve a pumpkin 3 years ago. I wish I could find the pics to post. Let me give you some advice. DONT DO IT. And if you do: DO IT OUTSIDE. I tried to be good and I set up some large boxes on either side of the pumpkin to catch the inevitable orange spray. I was pleased with the result of my pumpkin but my entire kitchen looked like it had been airbrushed with pumpkin paint or something. My wife was not amused. But my kids loved it. Grr if I could only find a pic. It was a cat's face and the dremel allowed me to cut some very intricate details like whiskers!
    • The wife, kids, and I went out and bought a Dremel last night and carved pumpkins using the drywall bit...inside...no mess. It could be the bit that you used, or it could be your technique. I had a blast, and I intend to do it again. Funny timing this slashdot article. I hadn't heard of using a Dremel for this until a friend suggested it about a week ago.
    • What was the bit? They're using a long, high-speed bit, not a cutting disc.
    • Last year, I used a Dremel to carve my pumpkin, and Sawsall to cut out the head-hole. I don't remember too much splash from the Dremel, but we did this in the garage and had cardboard down, so maybe I just didn't notice.

      I used a cutting bit, not the router attachment. A friend used the router, and it had some clogging problems. The Dremel, not surprisingly, was in need of some serious cleaning, as was my shirt... the way I held the Dremel made all the splash fall in a straight line on my shirt. My safe

  • Sigh (Score:3, Funny)

    by mikefe (98074) <mfedyk AT mikefedyk DOT com> on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @08:51PM (#10648962) Homepage
    And here I thought when it said "download a pattern" it meant strapping down the pumpkin and uploading the pattern and poof an arm would carve it out.

    C'mon, wouldn't you rather hack on the code than carve it physically? j/k

    Just to confuse whether you should give funny or insightful points...

    How many have noticed that people who could design a system (or a pattern) that could automatically carve your pumpkin couldn't do it by hand?
    • Remember when some lady called Necessity had a kid called Invention? Yeah... I think that might have something to do with people designing a system to automaticly do a job they couldn't do manually.
  • by Sam H (3979)
    ...to carve pumpkins [zoy.org] such as these [zoy.org] ones [zoy.org]?
  • I saw This [thebestpag...iverse.net] and thought of you.
  • Here is an example [uiuc.edu] of what they can look like.
  • Why the 191 bit? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by nolife (233813) on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @08:54PM (#10648978) Homepage Journal
    I'm sure they did some research on this but I am confused on the bit selection. For those that can not get directly to the site, the 191 bit is a carving bit, a standard Dremel tool bit with the grooved ball on the end. I've used that for carving and material removal before but for a pumpkin? A pumpkin is at least 1 inch thick. You'd have to push the bit in and out or repeatedly go over the same spot over and over again until you finally break through. I would think the bit [right-tool.com] used to cut drywall would work better. It is more like a drill bit but has sharp edges and less twist. You can cut through the whole way in one pass. I hate to admit it but I actually used a jig saw on a pumpkin before, it turned out pretty good but I could not get the fine details with it. In rcent years I used those kits from the grocery store with the small hand saws. Work good but my hands cramp up. I'll try the Dremel tool this year.
    • I almost used the drywall bit this year, but it somehow vanished in my basement. I have the one you describe, but figured it would be a waste of time.

      So I used a paring knife instead and it took and hour. Next year...
    • Re:Why the 191 bit? (Score:4, Informative)

      by anethema (99553) on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @10:35PM (#10649609) Homepage
      You dont break thru, You just take the dark outside rind stuff off.

      When you just have the pulp showin the light shines thru much better.

      When you do it this way you can make patterns you cant while cutting all the way thru. Stuff can just be floating.. It can look really good.
    • I used one of those last year (drywall/RotoZip bit). It works, but you have to keep really tight control of it...the pumpkin has areas of different density, so if you're cutting a curve you'll be pushing it along and then it will suddenly run away from you.
  • by boomerny (670029) on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @08:55PM (#10648982)
    this was on gizmodo about 8 hours ago, slashdot is behind the times
    • Only eight hours? Impressive. Usually takes about a month before cool stuff which has been making the rounds of IRC chans makes it onto /. ...
  • by Sponge Bath (413667) on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @08:57PM (#10648997)

    What about Easter?

    Those damn bunny eggs are just asking for it!

  • by brxndxn (461473) on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @09:00PM (#10649011)
    I use a 12amp Milawakee Sawzall to carve my pumpkins.. And then, in Halloween fashion, I go cut everyone up that's in my zone of extension cord. It usually makes for a scary night!

  • by macthulhu (603399) on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @09:00PM (#10649013)
    For the baddest pumpkins ever, check this out...

    GRUMPKINS [grumpkins.com]

  • Sounds to me like slashdotters might have an unfair advantage at those haloween pumpkin carving contests...
  • I had never heard of using a Dremel for this sort of thing until a week or two ago, when my wife went to help a family member carve some gourds for decorational use in a wedding. (Didn't work out, but that's beside the point.) She took my Dremel and I found out later -- one of my first concerns was whether it was all gummed up or not. She said it's fine, but I still need to verify that. :-/

  • Stores that sell the seasonal gourd could also offer custom carving (laser would be better, though) designed by the kids that accompany the parents to the grocery store. What to do with the sprayed pumpkin guts? Duh! Collect, distill and sell as pumpkin wine for next year so Dad can sit at home throwing candy from the front door as he gets slowly pissed (not having had to do the artwork himself)!
  • by fo0bar (261207) on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @09:17PM (#10649120)
    Dear Slashdot:

    The stencils provided on our web site are meant to be used by the Pumpkin Carver Set ONLY. Any attempt to use these stencils with your existing Dremel equipment is considered to be a breach of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act's circumvention provisions, and will be dealt with under the fullest extent of the law.

    Sincerely,
    Dremel Inc Legal

    Sent via DMCA-O-Matic v1.0.

    • Any attempt to use these stencils with your existing Dremel equipment is considered to be a breach of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act...

      Two ways to solve this problem.

      1 - Wait for Real to come out with Harmony 2.0, which I hear is supposed to support even more hardware and thus let you use these files with your existing Dremel tools.

      2 - Use a Foredom [blackstoneind.com] instead.
    • You think you're upset about Slashot. Just wait 'till you see what they're doing with Dremel stencils on Suicide Girls.
  • by bill_mcgonigle (4333) * on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @09:19PM (#10649134) Homepage Journal
    This doesn't seem like the right tool for the job.

    The pumpkin I did this year [mcgonigle.us] was done with a cheap little set from Walmart that has a tool which is basically a handle with a blade somewhere between a coping-saw blade and a scroll-saw blade. It's about 3" long.

    The blade was not long enough to cut through a good sized (16" diameter) pumpkin's shell for diagonal cuts.

    The Dremel tool is much shorter than that, so there's no way it could work.

    Besides, a nice pattern requires some pretty fine detail work - you're going to slip with a powertool if you're not well practiced.

    If you had to do a large number of carvings that wouldn't be seen up close you might want a roto-zip tool which has a longer shank. I've got the Porter Cable [amazon.com] and it works pretty well.
    • I agree, wrong tool for the job. I've got a rotozip that would probably work fine. I'm just not interested in making that big a mess. It made a mess with drywall. I can't imagine what it (or this dremel) would do to a pumpkin. What an interesting way to redecorate the kitchen. :-)
  • by discontinuity (792010) on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @09:23PM (#10649163)

    Sure, I guess this is cool for the "Tool Time" crowd.

    What I don't get: what's the point of carving a pumpkin if you're just going to use a template? Isn't this like buying a standard costume instead of making your own? I mean, sure, I enjoy the glut of "sexy catwoman" costumes as much as the next guy. But it just seems to me that the fun of Halloween is to be a little creative on your own.

    Here's some pumpkins that my GF & I carved a couple years back. Just us and a couple of knives, baby!

    Now, I do think it would be cool if you designed a template in a CAD program and spit that into a robot or high-powered laser rigged to carve the pumpkin for you! A dremel and a template just isn't excessive enough...

    • What I don't get: what's the point of carving a pumpkin if you're just going to use a template?


      Some people like me are such atrocious artists that we're lucky to be able to carve three triangles to make two eyes and a nose. Just because you use a template doesn't mean it isn't satisfying to create a really cool looking pumpkin. My pumpkin would look like crap otherwise, and then I've wasted an hour and made a mess to produce a crappy looking pumpkin.

  • by zygote (134175) on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @09:25PM (#10649171)
    It doesn't appear that the Dremel [dremel.com] page is quite yet Slashdotted, but it is very sloooow loading.

    Since I'm in a mood of helping Taco, CowboyNeal, Tim et al [slashdot.org] with Slashcode...

    How about a little notation appended to the end of Front Page articles indicating that a site has been 'dotted. Maybe a quick ping and a response time -- although depending upon your location that may or may not be reflective your ability to reach it -- but it would give a feel.

    One, we readers who should know better -- but sometimes don't -- wouldn't waste time trying to hit the main link. Two, this might reduce the "dottedness" of the poor site by stemming the tide a bit. If it's a big machine on a big pipe, the blast away, gentle readers.
    • How about using all of these automagical mirror services out there for something? Add some Slashcode that takes a list of mirrors, and for any site that responds slowly / not at all to pings, it automatically mirrors it.
    • Straying further off, here are some answers from the FAQ:

      "Slashdot should cache pages to prevent the Slashdot Effect!

      Sure, it's a great idea, but it has a lot of implications. For example, commercial sites rely on their banner ads to generate revenue. If I cache one of their pages, this will mess with their statistics, and mess with their banner ads. In other words, this will piss them off.

      Of course, most of the time, the commercial sites that actually have income from banner ads easily withstand the S
  • by srussell (39342) on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @10:03PM (#10649428) Homepage Journal
    Recently, while adding a stall to a barn, I briefly toyed with the idea of doing a photo howto essay titled, "How to Add an Addition to Your Barn With A Dremel". Of course, you'd need just a couple of other, minor, "auxiliary" things, like wood, nails, a hammer, a reciprocating saw, a circular saw, a tape measure... but like most Dremel owners, my primary tool (even if it isn't used much) is the Dremel.

    Anyway, the Dremel is great if all you want to do is scour a pattern into the skin of a pumpkin, but none of the bits (that I've been able to find) are long enough to actually cut a hole in an average pumpkin. On top of that, even at the lowest speed, you end up with pumpkin paste and orange mist.

    At least, IME. The best tool I've found is indeed one of those cheapo pumpkin carving sets with dayglow handles and rigid, roughly serrated knives -- usually one thick, and one thin. We got one this year that came with a rigid spatula that worked really well, too.

    Even so, I wish Dremel would come out with an extra-long, pumpkin-specific bit.

  • I used the flex shaft adapter, and the sideways cutting bit that's designed for drywall.

    The UConn Engineering dorm representative pumpkin was designed and carved by me... the words "Pumpkin Pi" carved around the crown, and the midsection of the pumpkin had 3.141592654..." spiraling around it. It took a long time to do, and made a mess, but it was a damn good pumpkin. It didn't win the competition, but it should have.

    I've never carved one without the Dremel since.
  • by moosesocks (264553) on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @10:31PM (#10649586) Homepage
    Slightly on-topic:
    A friend of mine carved George Bush [alanthegould.com] and John Kerry [alanthegould.com] into pumpkins. Definitely worth checking out if you want a few laughs...

    Kerry looks scarier on pumpkin than he does in person.
    • If you like this sort of thing, here's a Go Bush [mcgonigle.us] pumpkin as seen at this year's Keene Pumpkin Festival [pumpkinfestival.org]. We only got 27-some-odd thousand pumpkins lit this year. Game 1 of the Series in Sox country on the same night... Oh, well, another record next year, assuming the Sox win isn't a sign of the apocalypse.
  • What is the motivation for posting this kind of article?

    Dremels are used for casemodding. Modding cases is geeky. You can carve a pumkin with Dremel -- ergo, Carving pumpkins is geeky

    Ahem?

    I'm non-US person and don't celebrate halloween. To here where I am standing this whole article looks a lot like an advertisement for a product desingned to be rip-off. (Buy a DREMEL KIT to carve a pumkin once a year? Gimme a break...)

    Now, then. I go get my first cup of coffee this morning and look at the Lunar eclipse [webcast1.uio.no].

    • a) FAQ says that this site is primarily US. Deal.
      b) All good geeks know what a Dremel is, and often have one. They're really freaking handy in many, many instances. This is just a new use for it many may not have thought of.
      c) Get your egotistical, elitist, twittish self and take thee outside. Less trolling going on that way.
  • by morcheeba (260908) * on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @10:52PM (#10649686) Journal
    From What tools don't work well [extremepumpkins.com]:

    Dremel tool / Roto-sip - Man, I thought these two would be great at carving. I even bought a "carving" tool for my dremel. I had high hopes. Unfortunately, I never considered the fibrous nature of the pumpkin. As you try to carve a straight line using a spining carving tool, it will slide through some spots and then snag a fibrous spot and jerk to one side. These two tools just don't work. Use a jig saw for carving and you'll be much happier. The in and out motion is much easier to use.

    According to them, the best tools [extremepumpkins.com] are the Sawzall, Jigsaw, Router, and Ice Cream scoop.
  • Doesn't work so well (Score:3, Informative)

    by neile (139369) on Wednesday October 27, 2004 @11:20PM (#10649871)
    My wife and I carved pumpkins last weekend. Ever the geek I bought a spiral cutting bit for my Dremel. My wife made do with a potato peeler (for the eye gouging end) and a knife.

    The Dremel sucked for cutting out the faces. It, as others have mentioned, sprays orange rind everywhere, and is very hard to control. Plus you don't get a clean cut through the flesh. The edges wind up all fuzzy and gross instead of having that nice clean look that you get with a knife.

    The Dremel was, however, very good at beveling all the edges back 45 degrees so the light could shine through better. It made quick work of the flesh behind the rind.

    My wife's pumpkins turned out way better :(

    Neil
    • How dare you suggest that power tools are not absolutely 5up3r10r to all conventional weaponry for any kind of culinary undertaking?!?

      Heathen.

      I made a cake for my girlfriend once. I spent about half an hour giving myself a sore wrist (stop it, get out of the gutter) trying to make whipped cream.

      Then I hit on the idea of taking a wire coat hanger, twisting it up a bit, and clamping it into a Bosch industrial masonry drill. Presto! The hammer action made it all that more fluffy and luscious.

      That, and y
  • I had trouble getting the pumpkin pattern files so this may help others.

    http://asleson.org/pumpkin_patterns.tar.gz.torrent [asleson.org]
  • As most others have mentioned, I discovered quickly that it wasn't great for eating away the flesh, but it was helpful as far as drilling and making a few precise cuts with minimal pressure. Here was the results: Gollum [img25.exs.cx]
  • bah 2 days too late (Score:3, Interesting)

    by joe094287523459087 (564414) <{joe} {at} {joe.to}> on Thursday October 28, 2004 @12:19AM (#10650216) Homepage
    wish i had seen this a couple days ago

    i did a Bob Marley pumpkin this weekend. i didn't go all the way through the pumpkin to the inside, just got about 7/8 inch deep. pattern here http://www.fabulousfoods.com/holidays/halloween/pu mpplans2.html

    i printed it out at 150%, stuck the paper to the pumpkin with pins, and used an exacto to cut marker lines for the face into the p-kin. then used the cutter tool - pic here http://www.hobbylinc.com/gr/dre/dre561.jpg - to cut in. it's 1/8 thick so i couldnt make corners or tight spots but it turned out ok. i guess i should get a pic of it online
  • by bgeer (543504)
    Real men carve their pumpkins with .22lr [extremepumpkins.com].
  • This tool could be useful for World of Warcraft Pumpkin Contest [worldofwarcraft.com].
  • "I was thinking about the life of a pumpkin. Grow up in the sun, happily entwined with the others, and then someone comes along, cuts you open and rips your guts out."
  • When my wife and son set out to carve a pumpkin this year, I was asked to help.

    I didn't see much of a problem in the traditional method of cutting shapes. I *did*, however, see a need to improve the process of removing the pumpkin guts.

    What you'll need:
    1 spaghetti spoon (forked thing to serve spaghetti)
    1 cordless drill/screwdriver
    3 3-inch strands of weed eater cord

    Run the weed eater cord strands through the hole in the top of the spaghetti spoon and load both ends of the strands into the drill. T

  • These patterns [pcjackolantern.com] will freak you out. Here is my attempt [danielroot.com] at one of them. I used a cordless drill, but didn't think of wrecking my dremel.
  • by silicon not in the v (669585) on Thursday October 28, 2004 @11:08AM (#10653702) Journal
    There's an alternate form [amazon.com] that is sold with different attachments as a tool for grinding down dogs' nails instead of having to use clippers. It's a total piece of s**t. It runs on 4 AA batteries. If it just needed to sit there and spin without touching anything, it might be fine, but if you actually press it against something--you know, to accomplish something useful--the tiny motor can't handle it. I was trying to grind my dogs nails for just a minute or two, and the thing got really hot and then stopped working. I took the batteries out, and they were too hot to touch. After the thing had cooled down, I put the batteries back in and tried again later. When I tried to grind the nails again, it just got hot and died again.

    Basically this orange Dremel that runs on batteries it junk. Get a real Dremel if you want, but I guess they don't sell that pumpkin attachment separately.
  • umm... am I the only one being goatsecxd by a pumpkin at dremel.com?

    seeing it at both: http://dremel.com/html/home_fr.html [dremel.com] (click on the Pumpkin Carving Kit) and http://www.dremel.com/productdisplay/tool_template 2.asp?SKU=764-01 [dremel.com].

    Don't see it? Some friends didn't either... screenshots: here [transamrit.net] and here [transamrit.net].

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