NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Haven’t carved your pumpkin yet? Don’t worry, Bruce Warren of Mr. Handyman stopped by the CBS 2 studios to offer tips on carving pumpkins with power tools.
Here are some tips:
Cutting off the top: Using a jigsaw blade is just like using a kitchen knife but with more power. Plunge the blade in the top of the pumpkin at a 45 degree angle, move in a circular motion and watch how quick and easy it is to open the pumpkin up.
Gutting the pumpkin: Purchase the Pumpkin Gutter tool for $10 and save 20 minutes of sticking your hands in the gooey center. Simply insert the gutter into your drill, tighten, and make mincemeat of your pumpkin guts.
Mini Pumpkin Bats: Use black spray paint and mini pumpkins. Take a chisel to cut slips for wings and drill holes for bolts as eyes. You can put a screw up top so you can hang a dozen of these around your front door.
Advanced Carvers: One of the biggest raves in pumpkin carving is to chip away the flesh of the pumpkin into a carving. Large wood working chisels are a good for removing the top layer of skin, or for removing larger areas of a design. Smaller sized chisels work well for carving intricate designs in your pumpkin.
Perfectly Circular Eyes: Coring bits are a great way to make perfectly circular eyes. Simply insert the coring bit into your drill, make marks on the pumpkin so that the eyes are spaced evenly. You can also use coring bits in combination with spade bits to make intriguing circular patterns.