Hey guys, I'm currently waiting on a dremel 4200 I bought, no idea what I'm gonna use it for, but I'm excited for the possibilities, any of you guys own one? What are some good projects to begin with? I really want to do some stone carving, can i work with any kind of rock? Any info at all is appreciated!
I didn't know what to do with my first dremel either. Ended up buying a couple of pieces of hard wood from home depot and carving a couple of tobacco pipes. That was back in '97. Still have the same dremel today. It's probably been through thousands of hours of use now. Almost certainly the best investment I've ever made.
I usually just break the cutting things and say fuck it.
I can't really remember what I used it for, but it was hand for something or other I think. Oh yeah - last thing was cutting pic related out.
Possibilities are endless you just need the right attachment
I always enjoy cutting bolts and shit. I'm sure you're not an idiot but safety glasses are a must with these fuggers!
A Dremel is a useful tool because you can do a lot of things acceptably without having the specific tool for the job. Almost without exception there is a tool that will do the job better and easier.
Depends on the field you work in.
I work in film and a rotary tool is mighty useful to do a bunch of shit.
Especially if you work in propmaking, you need to have one. Working surfaces of masks and stuff is pretty much impossible without one (except if you want to sand yourself to death).
I got job specifically because I have a well-equipped rotary tool.
Shit gets hot though.
>Be me at work, boat building
>Come in after break, see friend working high up on boat
>He drops something that looks like a washer
>Start to walk away
Nah, I think I'll be a good dude and pick up what he dropped, he's probably looking for that
>HOTTER THAN THE SURFACE OF THE SUN
Nope, cut off bolt head still glowing red.
I melted the synthetic "leather" on my mechanix glove by trying to knock off a piece of bolt that was hanging by a thread after cutting.
I had to rip the glove off before it fused to my skin.
>clean the bolt
1. Conventional oil and brushes didn't work?
2. You didn't try a sonic cleaner first?
3. I don't know man, I think it would depend on the type of bit you use and the material your bolt is made out of.
I actually got it pretty clean of carbon using a brass brush, but it took close to 40 minutes, and I kept poking my fingers with the stupid brush, no I had no gloves available at the moment, I dont have a sonic cleaner, but I do want to get one in the future.
My brother and I have wanted one for the longest time, since we were ablut 11, I'm 23 now. I bought a shitty harbor freight rotary tool, I liked it, but it was too weak to even cut hard plastic, had some extra money, decided to finally get one.
I have the 3000 model and it's kind of a toy.
I also bought pic related that even tho it's made of plastic and wanky as shit, it prove to be kinda useful for muh latest creation (well, if i had a stationary drill i would have the same success, but i dont have the space yet, so...)
Don't expect to cut steel and shit like they show it on the videos tho.
My future plan is to use mine as a spindle for a small CNC router for rapid PCB prototyping.
No its a good tool. It's just that their capabilities are over stated massively. It's not a tool to replace all tools. Dremels are for tiny odd trimming jobs. Need to trim off the corner of a few tiles to fit the new shitter? Great. Need to cut a steel pipe? Shit but will do the job ina tight space better than a hacksaw and cheaper than a proper hardened steel cutting tool. They're basically good for cutting things occasionally in very tight spaces. A little grinding and polishing for deburring also works. Trimming a bolt to size. Anything more than the occasional tiny odd job and they quickly become a horrible hand cramping machine. That said I use a 10$ Chinese knockoff.
they are useful for small odd jobs, and like i said it prove to be very useful for the shit i made lately.
However, they usually dont have the stones to do some jobs, mostly for working with hard metals.
plastic, wood, even glass are alright tho.
But i wont. Cutting the copper out of a PCB wont be a problem. I'm not going to cut a 20mm steel plates, you know...
I use walnut oil followed by raw beeswax simple and safe. And yes bowls are safe to use if you remember what our ancestors learned the hard way.
-Meat soaks into the pores of wood and goes bad, cutting boards are a different story.
-if youre going to be using it for holding liquids such as soup or coffee seal it with food safe epoxy there is a difference between regular epoxy and food safe. Other than that have fun.
That bowl was turned, on my lathe.
I'm sure if you put your mind to it you could "carve" a bowl with a dremel
Pic related, my shop
Yesterday i used a dremel to cut a slot in a left hand threaded compression nut, which allowed me to slide it off an old thermocouple and onto a new thermocouple so i could screw it into the solenoid valve in my old furnace.
Millions of uses. It never makes it back into the toolbox.
I agree with you. but they are good for tiny odd jobs. in the way that a multitool is good if you have literally nothing else to use. although I would only ever recommend the 10$ knockoff rotary tools. the price of a dremel makes it out to be a useful tool. when it is not. infact most of its uses are trumped by 2$ hand tools. like glass/tile scoring tools, a tiny cheap drill, a chisel or hacksaw. I have used my cheap chinese knockoff for grinding off tiny plastic rivets from appliance chassis.
You've never done this with a hacksaw?
This happens any time you're cutting off a small bit of metal, because:
- cutting generates heat
- small things can't radiate well
- small things have a small thermal mass
- you're cutting away the metal that would be conducting the heat away
Thusly, the heat gets trapped in the small "pocket". You'll see this just the same if you hacksaw the head off a bolt.
You talking about the end opposite the locking lugs, just past the rings? Just scrape it off with anything made of mild steel. The entire bolt is hardened, you're not going to hurt it as long as what you're scraping with is softer than it is.
Assuming that's the area you're talking about, sure there are "specs," but they're sloppy all through the gas system so it'll keep running if it gets dirty. Even if you scratch it, it'll still work, your brother will just be pissed at you.
Yeah, this part, it was encrusted with what I assume was carbon.
Should've bought a Proxxon IBS/E. Solid build, far less noise and a sturdy as hell drill stqnd is available. The dremel drill stand blows for precision holes.
I'm amazed that Proxxon hasn't pushed Dremel out already.
That's exactly what I thought. Like I said, I just scrape mine (used a stainless bladed knife actually, my leatherman), but I'm not a freak on how something no one else will ever see will look. It will probably "show" where you scrape it, but it won't affect function and what material it might take off will be less than .001". I know, I know, take it to /k/. Just trying to help a brother out guys. Sorry.
>not the 4000
Ya blew it. Just get the 4000 with the keyless chuck that fits all collet sizes, pic related. The 4200 is know to burn up pretty quick compared to the 4000, check the reviews.
Make sure you have this attachment, it's the one you will use the most.
I believe mine comes with it. This is the one I bought.
Proxxon clocks in at roughly a hundred dollaritos for the tool and a few bits. The drill stand costs around 50$. A bit of an investment, however drilling PCBs with tungsten carbide bits is impossible with a wobbly drill press and Proxxon's is solid as a rock.
off topic. but what is a good type of drill bit for drilling 8mm holes through 4mm mild steel? I step up the hole size but my wood/metal drill bits flatten and form a smooth interface with the steel.
It got here, i was pretty excited, cut the first thing i found. Probably not a smart thing.
So I got a Dremel 4000 for Christmas, just want to share some things. Comes in this nice case to store everything.
Here's what's inside. I bought the flex shaft and clear shield seperate but everything else was included.
This hand attachment is weird. I guess it could be useful but I can't see myself using it.
And of course the flex shall. This is a must have accessory.
Everyone always asks what are some things they can make with a Dremel, but for me I just like to fix stuff with it. I grinded down the top lock on my garage door because it was a little hard to lock. Added a little more space for the lock to slide in and out.
I also was able to grind down the rear seat on my bike so I could put it back on again. I was using a cowling cover for a while that had a rubber grommet that was too tall for the seat to be able to slide back into place.
You can see where I grinded down the seat so it has enough clearance to fit over the rubber grommet.
Now when I latch the seat down it has enough space to clear the rubber grommet. I haven't been building anything but I use the Dremel for stuff like this, just repairing stuff, etc.
I'm looking at the Proxxon lines and once my Dremel bites the dust (my Chinese low budget did just that, some metal dust shorted the thing) I'll probably pick up a Proxxon for replacement. What are the pros and cons of the 12 V vs. 230/110 V?
The keyless chuck is the one I use the most but don't be fooled, the precision is much better with the collets!
I have the key-less chuck but i also bought the full collet set. desu I haven't switched to anything yet, just been using the 1/8th. Fun to mess around with but yeah a project or something could be cool.
I got a wen recently, cheaper than a dremel, however the thing has a horrible wobble to it... anyone know how to fix this? im looking into warranty replacement, but i don't know if they will do shit about it.
will still get the bigger jobs i want it to do done, but any fine job it will literally be incapable of doing due to wobble.
Alright, so I've had it for a few days now, used it to cut a few beer bottles, I sucked at it, also used it to remove rust of a trigger.
But i didn't have money, and i needed an excuse to use the dremel.
4000 owner here.
My gf got me one for christmas 2 years ago. I use it fairly often. I used it to cut a perfect hole in my ceiling when i installed a wood stove last week.
Its one of those tools that when you need it, its a sigh of relief to have. I need to get some more cut off wheels for it.
Things I've used dremels for that would've been exceedingly difficult or at least much harder without one-off specialty tools that don't make sense to own:
Cutting slots into stripped/rounded screw or bolt heads to use a large flathead on
Sharpening large metal things
Detail buffing/cleaning the cooling fins on my motorcycle
Beveling the ends of PVC sewer pipes to fit into gasketed glueless push fittings (fucking godsend for this...)
Grinding down asbestos concrete sewer pipe outer diameter to remove joint concrete and shit
Zipping off and grinding in extremely stubborn flooring nails to prepare for refinishing
Etching names/numbers into various things
Sharpening/scuffing/patterning shitty novelty katanas and selling them to weeaboos on silkroad as stolen authentics (JUST KIDDING LAW ENFORCEMENT)
Grinding burrs off of things
Cutting large diameter or odd-shaped holes in plywood like the 'roto-zip' tools you can buy
In the grand scheme of things it's a pretty useless tool, but there are a few uncommon jobs for which the dremel is at most indispensable and at least really fucking nice to have. Beveling PVC ends oh god let me tell you what a revelation that was. After that day out in the cold I'll never hate on a dremel again...
Get lots of spare cutting discs, you'll snap them plenty until you learn to use them right.
Also, they're cheap so if you need to cut something very hard, it's probably better to wear through a few discs than go out and buy something special for just that material.
pinewood derby cars and other small scale wood working projects/toys.
That's because it is anon, good eye.
The trigger was pitted and rusted to shit.
i was disappointed that the kahr arms model doesn't come standard with a removable stock and even with one the barrel is too long for it to fit in a violin case
My dad used to use this when he was making new weed plants had a whole irrigation system with water tubes etc. he would use a new tub and cut the top out w the tool and place the plants in just enough to touch the water.
There's your first project faggot.
Well, I can only speak for the 230V IBS/E, but it seems built like abrock, doesn't budge anywhere and is powerful. With the 12V I'd expect less power and with the cheaper 230V I'd expect a less solid construction (still better than Dremel though).
Anyways, another mini project.
Changing my stick shift knob for a flight stick. Work in progress. Im thinking a bit of pvc pipe and epoxy putty.
Get some acrylic clear glass, something like 5cm x 10cm.
Print something out like a birthday greeting or similar and put it behind it and then start engraving it with the dremel, after that use some leds to shine through the edge on the bottom and make a stand for it or just give it away as a special birthday card.