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    Default Dremel - what do I need?

    Looking to start doing some small woodwork projects with my Dremel. Mostly just playing around and maybe making small toys for the kid.

    With all the accessories available for the Dremel I am kind of at a loss at what to get to get started....router attachment, what bits....?

    Anybody with some practical tips or maybe links to good tutorials on the subject?

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    I’d start with a rasp set, and take it from there. Something like this: https://www.takealot.com/pg-mini-set...iABEgKPkPD_BwE


    There are some nice videos on youtube to start with.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4HmRDzb7bSE

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    Consider, although a bit awkward at times, one with a power cord. Or a few replacement batteries if you want the battery unit.
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    Definitely prefer the rechargeable, less restrictions.

    I bought the router attachment and clamping table which I don't use and are in perfect condition. Before you buy you will get a much better deal from me.

    I will warn thought that the Dremel is for very, very light work. I must confess that depending on the size of toys and the harness of the wood that a Dremel may not be the perfect tool for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Leigh View Post
    Definitely prefer the rechargeable, less restrictions.

    I will warn thought that the Dremel is for very, very light work. I must confess that depending on the size of toys and the harness of the wood that a Dremel may not be the perfect tool for you.
    Yip, my cordless is used mainly for finishing or small repairs. I made up some portable fly tying benches, 4 off, and the base deck I engraved a leaping trout into them. Not big but the batteries required recharging before each could be completed.
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    Excuse the "art work" standard. The cordless made this quite easy as I did it aftet assembling the benches but the power reserve was annoying



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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Excuse the "art work" standard. The cordless made this quite easy as I did it aftet assembling the benches but the power reserve was annoying



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    Was that freehand Estee?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Leigh View Post
    I will warn thought that the Dremel is for very, very light work. I must confess that depending on the size of toys and the harness of the wood that a Dremel may not be the perfect tool for you.
    Agreed!

    Im very disappointed with my Dremel (a nice, corded one), even the tasks I had thought were small and light duty were not light duty enough for it - all of my fittings are in a state of disrepair, the little sanding wheel things all stripped out, grinding disks ground down to nothing, polishing wheels can barely buff the applied polish off etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham View Post
    Agreed!

    Im very disappointed with my Dremel (a nice, corded one), even the tasks I had thought were small and light duty were not light duty enough for it - all of my fittings are in a state of disrepair, the little sanding wheel things all stripped out, grinding disks ground down to nothing, polishing wheels can barely buff the applied polish off etc.

    Eish...may be better to rather invest in more appropriate power tools then🤔the Dremel accessories do tend to be quite pricey and available everywhere. Thank you for all the first hand experience. The best way to hurt yourself or cock-up a job is to use the wrong tool...

    Will keep the Dremel for very small jobs then👍

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    Sometimes a die grinder is a more appropriate tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Leigh View Post
    Was that freehand Estee?
    Yes sir, tail fin is a bit disproportionate
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Yes sir, tail fin is a bit disproportionate
    Still nicely done .

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    Tather Cristmas gave me a Dremel with an extended flexible drive and a big box with assesories.

    My experience thus far is that the Dremel is more suited to a jewelers work place than to a woodwork hobbyist workshop. Its attachments are hellish exspensive and very finniky. It is only suited for very light duty jobs. A tiny angle grinder type disc cost almost four times that of a normal size angle grinder disc.

    I see they now sell a choice of safety glasses with three different reader strengths. I guess this is a must have with a Dremel - tiny jobs where you sit at a desk type workbench.
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    I've cut a 50mm hole in 16mm plywood with mine, with a fitting designed to do this.
    Didn't have anything else.

    Cut off high tensile steel bolts where the nut has striped.

    As with all tools, let the tool do the work, don't force it.

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    A small cordless rechargeable chuckless drill is a far better tool in all situations except very tight spaces.

    And shouldn't cost you more than R600.

    That's the same price as an entry level Ryobi dremel tool.

    https://www.google.com/shopping/prod...VKRDEoQ8wII5QI

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    I know but when I want to buy the money she's gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by plunger View Post
    Sometimes a die grinder is a more appropriate tool.
    This/\
    A small compressor and a micro or mini die grinder.
    With the mini you can use the Dremel and knock-off tools with an adapter collet as well as the bigger stuff with the 1/4'' shank.
    The micro will only go up to 3mm shanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poen View Post

    My experience thus far is that the Dremel is more suited to a jewelers work place than to a woodwork hobbyist workshop. Its attachments are hellish exspensive and very finniky. It is only suited for very light duty jobs. A tiny angle grinder type disc cost almost four times that of a normal size angle grinder disc.

    I see they now sell a choice of safety glasses with three different reader strengths. I guess this is a must have with a Dremel - tiny jobs where you sit at a desk type workbench.
    Dremel would not last a day in my workshop.

    For light polishing maybe.. Other tasks it doesn't either have a) enough speed or b) enough torque

    Why most goldsmiths have a large hanging motor for torque intensive tasks and a micro motor with much more variability in speed and control.

    Then the bits although dremel chucks can be changed the 3.2mm is the most common where goldsmiths use the dental 2.34mm

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    The keyless chuck gives you a wide range.
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