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    I was at Home Depot yesterday and picked up a Dremel Multipro for polishing some old watches I've picked up. I actually mucked up a watch crystal pretty badly, need more practice to perfect my technique. I really like the tool though, and love the ability to change attachments.
    Just wondering what things you gents use your Dremel for?

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    Sanding and sharpening my chainsaw chain.

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    I use the cutting wheels for cutting metal as in fixing my exhaust system when my muffler got jammed in the pipe. I also use it for cutting plastic and grinding battery tops when I pull them out of phone battery packs, and grinding solder joints to clean them up.

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    Default Re: What other uses for a Dremel tool?

    cutting holes in sheetrock
    cutting frozen bolts and nuts in half

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    I polish, grind and cut with mine. I have some little wheels that are diamond dusted that are great for cutting slots in screw heads.

    I also have a micro sized router base that I sometimes use as a shaper or router. The router bits will amke light cuts aluminum as well as wood and plastic.

    The Dremmel drill press is too flimsy to use with any precision. The flex shaft, on the other hand, is great for getting into small spots.

    Make sure to wear eye protection. The first time the little reddish cut-off wheel shatters at 15,000 RPM you'll be glad you have the safety glasses. The thin cut off wheels are garanteed to eventually shatter.

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    Default Re: What other uses for a Dremel tool?

    DieselDave beat me to it!
    There are tons of attachments: circular saw, cutters, polishing, boring, engraving, etc.

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    You can make a Chess Set with one [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    Well, maybe, its not too easy. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

    I made this a few years ago, started with 1" dia. dow rod (wodden round bars)
    and "carved" them with a Demel tool and a pocket knife.

    I worked out a pretty cool technique...
    I could roll the piece on the table, as I held the dremel against the table.
    I would then tilt each one just right, to get what shape.



    Full Galley here.
    http://www.jtice.com/gallery/view_al...mName=ChessSet

    Just wanted to show you, that you can do just about anything with them.
    I find mune very useful for quick grinding and cutting.

    ~John

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    My hoof care specialist uses a Roto-Zip (Dremel on steroids) to shape my horses' feet. Gives a much better finish than a hoof knife.

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    Home Dentistry..... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

    But seriously, the question to ask is what won't they do ? They are so useful to have around - whether it be re-grouting your bathroom tile to sawing off an old rusted padlock that you no longer have the key for, all the way to small scale milling. They're just great. Kind of like the next progression of the Swiss Army knife....on steroids.

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    Yeah. Milling. Fun [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

    Once you learn that you use the 'cutters' for aluminum, and the various grinders for other materials, you can do quite a bit. At high speeds! Get it? High speed bits? Never mind. Dremel's wqebsite has info about what kinds of materials for which each bit is designed.

    I also have the little circular saw blades that I occasionally use to cut small dowels and such.

    My wife's beautician uses a dremel to shape her acrylic nails.

    Daniel

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    It's the main tool in my amateur dental practace [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]


    lol j/k

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    I use mines like I would a die grinder. I mainly use the cut off wheel for cutting stuff and heads in rounded out screws. I do have some bits for grinding, like i ground out the head of my legend xl to fit the 3 w led drop in. The carbide bits in my experience work way better than the stones for metal work or any workfor that matter.

    I dont know about you guys, but mines gets hot pretty quick. It still seems to work, but it can get too hot to hold and the air blowing out of it is rather hot too.

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    [ QUOTE ]
    jtice said:
    You can make a Chess Set with one [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    Well, maybe, its not too easy. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

    I made this a few years ago, started with 1" dia. dow rod (wodden round bars)
    and "carved" them with a Demel tool and a pocket knife.

    I worked out a pretty cool technique...
    I could roll the piece on the table, as I held the dremel against the table.
    I would then tilt each one just right, to get what shape.



    Full Galley here.
    http://www.jtice.com/gallery/view_al...mName=ChessSet

    Just wanted to show you, that you can do just about anything with them.
    I find mune very useful for quick grinding and cutting.

    ~John

    [/ QUOTE ]


    That is so cool John,
    Thanks gents, my mind is reeling with all the possibilities. I love that SAK analogy.

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    I cut glass with mine, by using a diamond wheel. VERY nice. Breathing the dust isn't so great though.

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    Default Re: What other uses for a Dremel tool?

    get the soft cotton wheels and some crest.

    fastest electic tooth brush in the world.

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    [ QUOTE ]
    JonSidneyB said:
    get the soft cotton wheels and some crest.

    fastest electic tooth brush in the world.

    [/ QUOTE ]

    DONT.......EVER.....TRY.....THAT!!!!!!

    It will rip your lips off.

    That combination is great for polishing many other things.Just make sure there is no grit on the part before you start. Grit will get ground in pretty quick. Also be carefull of burning the part.

    Danile

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