So you’ve mastered the papercrafts, the birthday cards, vinyl stickers, and even home goods? Wow, you really are a DIY master, but have you cut wood with your Circut? As your browse Pinterest or Etsy, you may see a common theme of woodcrafts such as delicate names in a whirly script. If these projects pique your interest, it’s time to upgrade your machine to the Cricut Maker 3! The only Cricut machine that can cut wood. Yes. Wood!
Like the other Cricut machines, the Cricut Maker 3 is a digital cutting machine with a blade that cuts vinyl, paper, cork, fabrics, and… Balsa wood. Cricut uses Design Space software for Mac, Apple, Windows, and Android and is the best machine to cut rigid materials.
Let’s explore the ins and outs of this woodworking Cricut machine.
Cricut Maker 3
The Cricut Maker 3 is the most powerful and appropriate machine for cutting, drawing, embossing, engraving, and perforating wood. It is the best option for users who are into serious crafting. I’m looking at you! The Cricut costs $399 and is the most expensive Cricut on the market today. If you purchase your Circut Maker 3 from the official Cricut website, they may offer promotions or even bundles to get you started with various materials and tools.
With the ability to cut more than 300 materials with 13 tools, the Cricut Maker 3 is really for anyone. If you can dream up the craft, the Cricut Maker 3 can make it a reality. The Cricut Maker 3 has accessories like fabric-safe options, pens for writing, and different tools for embossing, engraving, scoring, and cutting. The most beautiful thing about the Cricut Maker 3 is that the devices have replaceable parts, which allow users to switch the blade when it gets dull or change a scoring wheel to a perforating one.
Types of Wood the Cricut Maker 3 can Cut
- Balsa wood: Ranges from 1/32, 1/16, and 3/32 inches and is easy to cut because it is soft.
- Basswood: Ranges from 1/32 and 1/16 inches in thickness and is most appropriate for crafting.
Other Types of Material Cricut Maker 3 can Cut
- Veneer: Ultra-thin, often used for decoration.
- Fabric: A seamstress’s dream makes cutting out patterns easy.
- Felt: Ideal for holiday banners and kids’ touch books.
- Leather: Used to make hair bows, wallets, keychains, or coin purses.
Blades Used to Cut Wood with a Cricut Maker 3
Cutting wood requires a knife blade fixed in the Cricut Maker 3. The knife blade is the most appropriate for cutting Basswood and Balsa. Before use, you need to calibrate the knife blade for the proper type of wood.
The Cricut knife comes with a protective covering that you must remove before putting the blade into the machine and place it back on the blade after use for maximum protection.
Cricut Design Space and Cricut Access
The Cricut knife blade only works when using your computer; your Design Space app on a tablet or phone is insufficient when working with wood. You will also need to place your desired wood on a Cricut cutting mat, as it is not a Cricut Smart Material.
Cricut Access is the subscription to the Design Space software that allows users to access premium images, licensed artwork, and different fonts that enable users to be creative in their crafting. Design Space is the most valuable part of the crafting process since it allows you to edit, purchase files, and upload projects.
Cricut Maker 3 and Wood Crafts
Below are beginner and intermediate wood crafts that you can make on your Cricut Maker 3. Keep in mind cutting wood will take your machine time and several passes to cut your entire wood piece out. Be patient and keep a watchful eye on your project.
Beginner Wood Crafts
These are some beginner wood crafts that you can try as you get used to cutting wood on your Cricut Maker 3. You may find beginner wood crafts comfortable if you have used a Cricut machine before.
Wood Letters and Words
Crafting wood letters and words using the Cricut Maker 3 is easy. You can use Basswood and the Cricut Maker 3 to create personalized signs, puzzles, home décor, and plant markers. You decide the font and type of wood to make your wooden crafts using the Cricut Design Space software. As you may already know, Design Space has free fonts and styles that you can use for your crafting.
Coasters are wooden crafts made using Basswood; you can create your cuts using the Cricut knife blade. Coasters are attractive due to the popularity and variety of patterns and their color to the desired tabletop. You can create a monogram or a pattern using Design Space when creating coasters.
Additional Beginner Crafts
- Earrings, wood, or veneer
- Keychain, leather, wood, veneer
- Flowers, felt
Intermediate Wood Crafts
These are a few intermediate wood crafts that you can try as you begin to feel confident with cutting wood on your Cricut Maker 3. Intermediate wood crafts will take more skill to make sure items are lined up well and cut to precision, especially if you are assembling a craft.
Pyrography (Wood Burning)
Pyrography is an intermediate wood project that carves designs into a wooden tray. This cutting craft uses the Cricut premium fine-point blade. After the cut, the pyrography design requires ammonium chloride to achieve a burnt look.
A cube-shaped pencil holder is a wooden project you can craft using Basswood. The project requires you to upload a template to Design Space, and then the Cricut Maker 3 cuts the pattern according to the template provided. Once the various pieces have been cut, you sand the wood to smooth and clean the various edges and notches. Once smooth, you can assemble the pencil holder.
Additional Intermediate Crafts
- Printed puzzle, wood
- Ornaments, wood
- Engraving, metal
How to Use the Cricut Maker 3 when Cutting Wood
When cutting wood, the material should never go under the white or black wheels of your Cricut Maker 3. Cutting wood takes a long time, depending on how complex the design is. The machine calculates the length of time while doing a pass. We suggest you pay close attention to each pass; you may need to increase or reduce the number of passes depending on the complexity of your project.
Design Space will pause the cut halfway through the project, allowing you to check the progress of your cuts. Carefully lift an edge of your cut wood to see how effective the cuts have been; we suggest using a weeding tool to avoid breaking your delicate design. If you need more passes, you can continue with your cuts. Or simply cancel the cut and remove the mat. You can continue this process as many times as you want. You may check your work more often as you get used to your machine and how the process works.
As a tip, instead of letting your Circut Maker 3 finish the final cut, you can cancel the cut. This will allow you to save your mat from any damage your blade may cause. Take a handheld knife blade to complete your cuts; if your pieces do not fall out on their own after your final pass, you may need to apply super slight pressure to help them release from the surrounding board.
Troubleshooting Your Cricut Maker 3
There are times that your blade may get stuck during a cut. If the blade sticks, an error will appear on your Design Space screen, and the machine will pause working. You will need to clear out the wood waste found inside the cut line, clean your blade or even replace your blade. Once adjustments have been made, you can continue with your cut.
Limitations of Using the Cricut Maker 3 to Cut Wood
- The Cricut Maker 3 cannot cut thick materials. Attempting to do so will extend the cut time, as the machine will have to make multiple passes to make a single cut. It may not even fit the machine, and forcing anything bigger than what Cricut allows will damage your machine.
- You will need to use the firm grip cutting mat and the knife blade for all cuts. You may even choose to tape the corners of your wood piece down to avoid shifting during cuts. We find that painter’s tape works best to hold your wood while causing little damage to your mats.
- The knife blade needs occasional replacement, which can be an additional expense.
- Your Circut Maker 3 may stop during the cutting process, and you may be required to restart the whole process again.
Making wood crafts using the Cricut Maker 3 can be easy and fun regardless of skill or experience. The Cricut Maker 3 is the best crafting machine to explore hobbies and ideas due to its project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks that you can easily find online. Soon you become a DIY sensei, not just a master.