I keep seeing Dremel tools for sale but I've never
known anyone who uses them. I'm primarily a woodworker
but I do whatever repairs I can on my house. What does
a woodworker or general handyman use these things for?
I've cut rusted nuts and bolts from my cars. I've cut a stuck gas pipe
in my house (after shutting off and removing the gas, of course)
without damaging the threads of the pipe threaded into it. I've
drilled holes in tight places. I've smoothed/grinded metal parts.
Lots of electronics hobbyists use it to drill holes in homemade circuit
I don't think they'd have much use for woodworking, though.
Lets see--here's what I've used one for recently (all related to guitar
1) Routed circular channels in an acoustic guitar top to install the
2) Routed rabbets in the edge of the guitar top & back to install
3) Make minor adjustments to various wood parts of guitar necks,
4) Enlarge holes for guitar tuning pegs
5) Make adjustments to neck-to-body-joints of electric and acoustic guitars
6) Make minor changes to pickup cavities in electric guitars and basses
My next task will be to cut out the sound hole in that acoustic guitar
top mentioned in #1 above, using the same circle-cutting jig that I used
to install the rosette.
I have two Dremel tools - one AC powered and the other battery powered.
The Battery powered one doesn't see much use since I got the other
one--it was pretty short on power.
As a guitar builder, I find the Dremel to be a tool I could not survive
I use one for all kinds of things... yesterday I used my rotory tool to
grind a skeleton key down that I picked up at an antique store to work in an
old door in a house I am rehabing.
I also use it for:
drilling quick small holes
cutting off nails/screws (like off of the backside of old trim so it can be
cutting plastic, wood, sheetmetal, etc
cutting formica counter tops for sinks (large version)
and I have probably used it for other things that I just cant recall right
I use mine for cutting small stuff or grinding small stuff.
I saw a plumber cut copper pipe with one up behind a sink.
A friend of mine use his to put the finished shape on pipes that he
Usually I don't even think about using the thing until I'm finished
doing something that would have been a lot easier if I had just
thought about the Dremel.
Polishing, sanding, grinding small stuff.
Grinding sharp burrs off bottoms of newly fired stoneware.
Cutting hard metal things (Allen keys, for instance).
Cutting softer metal things (screws, bolts, etc.)
Drilling teeny little holes.
Cutting screw slots in stripped screws/bolts.
Removing grout from tile walls.
Routing small slots, etc.
Much more... nice tool. I've had mine for 25+ years.
Saw it done, worked great.
Also cut a drain pipe from inside, beautiful.
One of my friends got one for Christmas several years ago. I think the
only time he used it was to carve a pumpkin.
Tom in KY, nice to have, maybe not necessary.
We use it to grind the dogs nails - easier than clipping and leaves
them with zero arm shredding snags afterwards.
Ditto on the other's comments too
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With a Foredom Typhoon bur, you can carve wood like butter.
I think mine is the KB18715. I don't use it much, I'm not a
woodworker like these guys, but I get a distinct feeling of power
using the rotary tool with a bit like that. I want more.
It's probably proportional to the amount of handyman stuff you do.
I have the powerful one with a FlexShaft, but I am considering
buying a cordless rotary tool.
i don't think that a cordless would make much difference in what i use
em for. i am looking at getting a foredom flexshaft of some sort and a
dotco pnuematic pencil grinder as well. i currently have a ryobi that i
use fairly regurlaly. but i make knives and build models in balsa
plastic and resin, make jewelry and other stuff as well(yeah i know i
have way to many interests) as well as woodworking. they are very
useful, i used my ryobi to cut a frozen lug nut on one of the wheels of
my truck a few weeks ago.
What do you all think about cordless rotary tools versus more powerful
plug-in types? I've got a Dremel Advantage with a FlexShaft. Thinking
about buying a rechargeable type.
I hope you don't mind me piggybacking instead of starting a new thread.
I bought one of the Dremel MiniMite cordless tools (the predecessor to
the one you link to, I think) instead of a corded one, and I wish I had
a "proper" one instead.
Admittedly, this may be slightly colored by the fact that the battery
pack in mine died on the charger after a few weeks, but I rewired it to
use a model-train transformer instead, which IMHO is a marked
improvement; it has excellent speed control and weighs a lot less, and
the wires aren't a big deal for me.
The problem with it, in my opinion, is that it seems terribly
underpowered (and it did on the batteries, too). It starts bogging down
on just about any load, and is quite easy to stall -- and that's with
just very small burrs; I haven't even tried using a cutoff wheel in it.
Nonetheless, for very light loads, it's pretty useful; I build plastic
scale model cars, and it's great for most of what I need for that.
I'm not sure if the "50% more power" that the one you linked to
advertises would be enough to make it not feel underpowered or not. It
will certainly be less powerful than a corded one, but may still be
powerful enough for what you want, particularly as a second tool rather
than your only one.
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The Dremel is for that strange job where any "real" power tool woul be
a serious risk to fingers and you don't mind spending a while. I have
also used it to trim up those places in Formica you can't get to.
It is handy for taking apart things that are not supposed to be taken
apart like battery packs.
they're indispensable for many jobs. Use rubbing compound on the polishers
for brass before clear coating. Use the sanding drums for contouring wood,
like fitting trim around pipes - this is fast. Cut screws (say from 3/4" to
.650") to maximize grip before installing. I drill holes in a thin scrap
piece of wood with the point sticking through the amount I want to cut off,
and use the cutting wheels to cut them off to length flush with the wood
scrap. Cut 30 at a time, the tip don't matter - this is fast too. The
fiberglass re-inforced wheels are expensive, but way better than the regular
wheels- well worth the money. Anybody without one is just steps from
caveman. grind your own screw heads for a slot screwdriver. ...
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