What do YOU do with your Dremel tool?

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  1. Kirk

    Kirk Well-Known Member

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    I'm just wondering what you handy/crafty types do with you dremel tools. See, I got one for my 9th 29th birthday and just had the tenth anniversary of my 29th birthday on sunday. I hadn't used it at all until tonight but figured I'd better find some use for it if I want to convince DW that I really NEED a welder.
    I used my dremel tool and some mason jars to engrave pictures on them. I took a simple drawing of a duck from my DD's flashcards and stuck it inside the jar then i used a diamond bit to lightly engrave the lines of the drawing. It came out well so next I used a birthday card which had a lighthouse drawing on it to do another jar. Now DW wants a lighthouse scene on a bathroom window. I'm even thinking this could be the start of a craft business.
    So, how 'bout it what else can this thing do? I heard home dentistry and trepanation but dont think I'll be trying either. Looking forward to hearing your responses.
    Kirk

    P.S. do a google search on trepanation. YUCK
     
  2. Nan(TX)

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  3. Shrek

    Shrek Singletree Moderator Staff Member

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    This week Im using mine to do minor surgury on myself.
     
  4. fin29

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    I use the little metal cone-shaped sander (don't know the exact name) to carve my name and phone number on my hand tools. I did a pretty exacting job on my buck knife, by the way...(patting myself on my back)
     
  5. tambo

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    I bought my bil one for X-mas a few years ago.He loves it.He and his son made a derby car for boyscouts.He says he uses it all the time.

    He used it the other day to cut a door in his metal building. :no: He said it did great but it might not be in the best working condition now. :(

    Tambo
     
  6. Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

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    We have a Dremel tool!?!!?! Where is it?
     
  7. havellostmywings

    havellostmywings Well-Known Member

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    hubby uses his to sharpen saw blades and such... until he can afford the $2500 to buy a machine that just does it for him... uh huh..

    in fact for christmas, I bought him a cordless one... and now.. may go and buy myself one too.. i make jewelry and am thinking a cordless one with a buffing head on it.......hmmm


    lynn in texas
     
  8. deberosa

    deberosa SW Virginia Gourd Farmer!

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    I refinished an old carousel horse I found, using it to strip off old paint, etc in the hand carving.

    I use it to drill holes in my eggs to blow out the insides for my Pysanki egg crafts.

    Also use it to cut off nails, and screws that are stripped and carve out holes for deadbolt locks.

    Getting lot's more ideas here!
     
  9. LWMSAVON

    LWMSAVON Well-Known Member

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    DH uses a little attachment for his dremel and uses it to sharpen the chainsaw with.



    (sorry don't know what it is off hand and he's not here to ask what attachment it is)
     
  10. deberosa

    deberosa SW Virginia Gourd Farmer!

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    I saw those attachments - they are kits sold at Home Depot with the other chain saw stuff.

     
  11. mistletoad

    mistletoad Well-Known Member Supporter

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    DH had wanted one for ages so I broke down and bought it for him this Christmas - now, of course, he wants attachments and bits for it. Which do you use the most often and for which jobs? We have the lost of all the parts, but is there a list anywhere that says "get X to do Y"?
     
  12. Dawndra

    Dawndra I'm back

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    my DH uses his to sharpen the mower blades. don't even need to take them off the mower!

    You ladies can use them to buff your nails...
     
  13. Kirk

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    Not an expert here, have only used the diamond bit that came with it, but I would go and buy one of the offbrand "multi tool" sets with hundreds of parts. Black&Decker had a box with about 20 bits and sandpaper buffers ect for around half what a very simular dremel set cost.`
     
  14. Darren in TN

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    I've used mine a whole lot cutting machine screws to length, cutting facets onto broke bolts to help me remove them with a wrench, and lots of sanding and light grinding. The toughest job I've done was to cut the exhaust pipe to my Bronco's V-8 because the flange bolts were stuck and I had to remove the exhaust to pull the engine. For that job (and several others) I found the right-angle attachment and heavy-duy cutoff wheels to be indispensable. You'd be surprised by what you can cut with those wheels.

    Darren
     
  15. I've used mine a whole lot cutting machine screws to length, cutting facets onto broke bolts to help me remove them with a wrench, and lots of sanding and light grinding. The toughest job I've done was to cut the exhaust pipe to my Bronco's V-8 because the flange bolts were stuck and I had to remove the exhaust to pull the engine. For that job (and several others) I found the right-angle attachment and heavy-duy cutoff wheels to be indispensable. You'd be surprised by what you can cut with those wheels.

    Darren
     
  16. Little Quacker in OR

    Little Quacker in OR Well-Known Member

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    :) I use mine for many steps in making birdhouses....and it's a neat little router too for small projects along with all the other stuff! LQ
     
  17. Bob_W_in_NM

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    Well, here's a funny, I guess. I've owned a Dremel for a couple of years. It may be worn out for all I know, but I've never used it.

    I'm a juke box and amusement machine operator. These machines require a lot of work before they are in shape to go out on location. Some of it is very detailed.

    I've got a gal that comes in (to the shop) most weekends and helps get this equipment ready. I have to do all the heavy duty troubleshooting, but she
    (Kelly) attends to a lot of the detail work.

    I found a Dremel (ball bearings, variable speed) with the flexible shaft attachment and a lot of other goodies on offer a couple of years ago.
    I keep buying more stuff for it. About the only thing she hasn't tried out yet is the chain saw sharpening thingy I bought for it.

    If I need to cut off a bolt I'm more apt to use an air operated cut-off too, chop saw or maybe an acetylene torch. Kelly uses that darn Dremel. Maybe I'm suffering from a Tim Allen Home Improvement "More Power" syndrome.

    She does use the other power tools back there some too. I've never caught her trying to use the engine lathe or milling machine though. But then she doesn't mess with the electronic test equipment much, other that a volt-ohm meter.

    I taught her how to do electronic soldering and I created a monster! hehe

    Someday I'm gonna try that doggone Dremel tool out!
     
  18. Marchwind

    Marchwind Fiber Arts forum Mod. Supporter

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    I bought myself a Dremel kit for Mother's Day! I love tools! I used it to help make a grape arbor and DS#2 used it to make walking sticks. I haven't tried nearly half the tools/attachments it came with but it I love it so far, well worth the money!
     
  19. EastOK

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    I use my dremel to rework my dentures. When I get them relined, there is always
    pain points. It is hard to get across to dentist exactly points of pain. Works great for me. Be VERY carefull to go little at a time so you don't remove too much.
     
  20. Dances In Woods

    Dances In Woods Well-Known Member

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    I saw Foot Dr. file down hubby's toenail ! I was scared for him, something with a motor coming at you & your foot...LOL :p