Video: Making wood jack-o-lanterns without a CNC
October 27, 2023 | 10:42 am CDT
Maverick Woodworking Jack-O-Lanterns

Tom Balderrama of Maverick Woodworking explains how he made these wood jack-o-lanterns.

Tom Balderrama of Maverick Woodworking shows how he crafted simple wood jack-o-lanterns with conventional shop equipment. The jack-o-lanterns use cedar fence boards and battery-powered lighting to brighten the Halloween night.

Although he has a CNC router, Balderrama decided to opt for a low-tech solution to make these simple decorations. He used a scroll saw to cut out all the shapes, which saved him having to program all the shapes for the CNC.

Lighting is provided by common battery-powered electric votive candles that offer a safe, flickering light that mimics a candle but without the fire hazard.

Watch to video to see how he did it.

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William Sampson is a lifelong woodworker, and he has been an advocate for small-scale entrepreneurs and lean manufacturing since the 1980s. He was the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in the early 1990s and founded WoodshopBusiness magazine, which he eventually sold and merged with CabinetMaker magazine. He helped found the Cabinet Makers Association in 1998 and was its first executive director. Today, as editorial director of Woodworking Network and FDMC magazine he has more than 20 years experience covering the professional woodworking industry. His popular "In the Shop" tool reviews and videos appear monthly in FDMC.