I love electric toothbrushes. Rotary tools are making their way into
the house at last. Recently, I bought my maid a rotary dish brush,
the one by Black & Decker. It's the first I've seen with a long
bristle brush attachment as an accessory. No more cramming one's
hand into most size glasses. They say use alkalines but NiMHs do
I had to make a couple of handles for jigs, that looked like handsaw
handles. So, I just took a saw handle, traced it and made a template. Used
the laminate trimmer and I cut out the blank, and used various tools to
clean it up.
I used a 3/8 round over bit, on most of the handle, but on the inside of the
The ultra-small sanding drums proved invaluable for cleaning up and shaping
the inside of the new jig handle.
I don't have a dremel, but the B&D equilivant.
Mostly for cutting things in-place. Like screws, and floor drain pipe
while its in the floor.
My recommendation though is to use it on metal. I cut some shims
yestarday and all but started a fire. I cut some PVC pipe and stunk up
the basement with what was probably toxic fumes. But it was the only
way to do the job.
"Then said I, Wisdom [is] better than strength: nevertheless the poor
I use one for:
Coping molding with a pointed carbide burr
Small, light-duty grinding tasks
Cutting bolts with a fiberglass wheel
Most of the stuff they show them doing in commercials are a bit of a
Sharpening my chainsaw, hedge clippers, and lawnmower blade. Tuning
the bottom of the keys on the tongue drums I made. The planer
attachment works great to remove 1/64 of material on wood. The
reciprocal saw attachment for cutting sheet rock. Somebody recently
showed me he uses the router attachment to finish the flats on the
bottom of his dovetails so they are all exactly the same depth. It's
just one of those tools, for the money, that is worth having for that
occasional "perfect" use. It is well made and the accessories and
attachments are inexpensive.
I use the little bitty drum sanders to make dowels fit through holes, the wheels
and brushes for deburring small stuff, etc...
Anything that you need to do and can't get a "real" drill or grinder into...
Most folks use them on too big of things, IMHO... That's like using a skillsaw
to cut compound miters...
I bought a deluxe one for the wife for Christmas for her carving and wood
First thing she used it for, (and it's most common use for her), was to do her
I thought it was pretty funny, using power tools for nails, but she told me that
all of the local nail places use Dremels... whodathunkit..
I don't think I've ever used mine for woodworking, but I do use it for
small things, cutting screws, drilling holes, grinding, etc. It's
handy when you need to do things in tight spaces where you can't get a
I do a lot of small grinding and cut-off with
mine. At work someone else lost the keys to a
dozen pad locks, and cut then all off. At home I
use mine to do some carving, but I really like it
as a tiny router. I admit the I could be a wimp,
but in a router base, the dremel makes short work
of mortising for hinges.
Billy Smith wrote:
I have the sears version & made a edge routing base. I used a metal
tap (I think 3/4 x 3tpi?- used a pitch gage to figure it out & have
slept since then) to cut threads into a piece of 1/2" maple. Glued it
to another piece of wood. Then used a drill bit to center the hole up
on the drill press & drilled a 3/8" hole into the other piece of wood.
Then used the bandsaw to cut thru the edge of the hole lengthwise so
only a little of the 3/8" hole edge showed thru. Used the dremel to
widen the slot a little. Then I removed the screw-on cover, added a
3/16" router bit (with 1/8th shank), screwed on my little 'fence' and
used it to rout a real tiny rabbet in the edge of a piece of wood.
Depth of cut is controlled by unscrewing the 'fence' & resetting the
depth of the bit in the collet. I could have used a rabbeting bit with
a dremel router base, but did not have either & was short of funds at
the time. I WAS going to use it to cut the binding slot in my mandolin
I was making at the time, but chickened out-- was too afraid of
tear-out in the soft spruce. Will most likely use it on my next
instrument. I think I'm a little braver now.
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